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Advanced Painting: Oil on CanvasAdvanced Painting: Oil on Canvas
Advanced Painting: Oil and Mixed-Media on CanvasAdvanced Painting: Oil and Mixed-Media on Canvas
Advanced Painting: Oil and Mixed-Media on CanvasAdvanced Painting: Oil and Mixed-Media on Canvas
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Advanced Painting: Oil on CanvasAdvanced Painting: Oil on Canvas
Advanced Drawing: Oil on CanvasAdvanced Drawing: Oil on Canvas
Advanced Drawing: Sculpted paper & Acrylic paintAdvanced Drawing: Sculpted paper & Acrylic paint
Advanced Drawing: Fabric, Acrylic paint, Found PhotosAdvanced Drawing: Fabric, Acrylic paint, Found Photos
Advanced Drawing: Foam Core, Thread, Acrylic PaintAdvanced Drawing: Foam Core, Thread, Acrylic Paint
Intermediate Drawing: Graphite on PaperIntermediate Drawing: Graphite on Paper
Beginning Painting (Personal Vanitas Assignment): Oil on CanvasBeginning Painting (Personal Vanitas Assignment): Oil on Canvas
Intermediate Drawing (Non-Linear Drawing): Acrylic Paint on CanvasIntermediate Drawing (Non-Linear Drawing): Acrylic Paint on Canvas
Advanced Drawing (Mapping as Drawing ): Acrylic Paint, Oil Pastel on PaperAdvanced Drawing (Mapping as Drawing ): Acrylic Paint, Oil Pastel on Paper
Beginning Painting (Black and White Study): Oil on CanvasBeginning Painting (Black and White Study): Oil on Canvas
Beginning Drawing (Surrealist Non-Linear Assignment): Prismacolor Pencil, Pastel on PaperBeginning Drawing (Surrealist Non-Linear Assignment): Prismacolor Pencil, Pastel on Paper
Beginning Drawing (Chiaroscuro): Charcoal and White Conte on PaperBeginning Drawing (Chiaroscuro): Charcoal and White Conte on Paper
Beginning Drawing: Graphite on PaperBeginning Drawing: Graphite on Paper

Professional Work

Physiognomy of Tropical Vegetation in South America, After Humboldt and Berg ( Magdalena River Valley): watercolor, ink,  pastel on paperPhysiognomy of Tropical Vegetation in South America, After Humboldt and Berg ( Magdalena River Valley): watercolor, ink, pastel on paper
Physiognomy of Tropical Vegetation in South America, After Humboldt and Berg ( Magdalena River Valley) 2: watercolor, ink,  pastel on paperPhysiognomy of Tropical Vegetation in South America, After Humboldt and Berg ( Magdalena River Valley) 2: watercolor, ink, pastel on paper

Physiognomy of Tropical Vegetation in South America, After Humboldt and Berg ( Magdalena River Valley) 3: watercolor, ink,  pastel on paperPhysiognomy of Tropical Vegetation in South America, After Humboldt & Berg ( Magdalena River Valley) 3: watercolor, ink, pastel on paper

Physiognomy of Tropical Vegetation in South America, After Humboldt and Berg ( Magdalena River Valley): watercolor, ink,  pastel on paperPhysiognomy of Tropical Vegetation in South America, After Humboldt and Berg ( Magdalena River Valley): watercolor, ink, pastel on paper
Garden Head 2013  ( Bogota): watercolor, ink,  pastel on paperGarden Head 2013 ( Bogota): watercolor, ink, pastel on paper
Garden Head 2013 (Panama City): watercolor, ink,  pastel on paperGarden Head 2013 (Panama City): watercolor, ink, pastel on paper
Garden Head 2013 ( Veracruz): watercolor, ink,  pastel on paperGarden Head 2013 ( Veracruz): watercolor, ink, pastel on paper
Garden Head 2013 (Kuala Lumpur): watercolor, ink,  pastel on paperGarden Head 2013 (Kuala Lumpur): watercolor, ink, pastel on paper
Garden Head (Sleeping) 2013: watercolor, ink,  pastel on paperGarden Head (Sleeping) 2013: watercolor, ink, pastel on paper

Garden Head 2013 ( Port of Spain): watercolor, ink,  pastel on paperGarden Head 2013 ( Port of Spain): watercolor, ink, pastel on paper
Garden Head 2013 ( San Salvador): watercolor, ink,  pastel on paperGarden Head 2013 ( San Salvador): watercolor, ink, pastel on paper
Decorated Garden Head (Nery): acrylic and mixed-media on canvasDecorated Garden Head (Nery): acrylic and mixed-media on canvas
Narco Venus (Angie): acrylic and mixed-media on canvasNarco Venus (Angie): acrylic and mixed-media on canvas
Narco Venus (Liliana Andrea): acrylic and mixed-media on canvasNarco Venus (Liliana Andrea): acrylic and mixed-media on canvas
Narco Venus (Karlita): acrylic and mixed-media on canvasNarco Venus (Karlita): acrylic and mixed-media on canvas
Beauty Queen and Druglord (Laura Zuñiga and Angel Garcia Urquiza): acrylic and mixed-media on canvasBeauty Queen and Druglord (Laura Zuñiga and Angel Garcia Urquiza): acrylic and mixed-media on canvas
The Female Report/ El Reporte Femenil: Running Time 12:00, Digital VideoThe Female Report/ El Reporte Femenil: Running Time 12:00, Digital Video
The Female Report/ El Reporte Femenil: Running Time 12:00, Digital VideoThe Female Report/ El Reporte Femenil: Running Time 12:00, Digital Video

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Narco Venus & Other Stories Opens at Meridian Gallery, May 29th, 5-7 PM

Narco Venus (Sandra)Narco Venus (Sandra)
Narco Venus and Other Stories opens at Meridian Gallery in San Francisco on May 29th, from 5-7 PM. I'm very excited about this exhibition as it will be my first solo exhibition in the Bay Area in several years and will feature the body of work I've been developing, which explores the role of women in narco-trafficking and the relationship to the environment, both as metaphor and as a natural resource. The exhibition will feature paintings, drawings, and video.

Narco Venus (Liliana Andrea)Narco Venus (Liliana Andrea)

Fútbol:The Beautiful Game opens at LACMA

Andres Escobar SerigraphAndres Escobar Serigraph

I'm excited to announce that one of my pieces will be up at LACMA as part of the upcoming exhibition Fútbol: The Beautiful Game, which opens on February 2, 2014. Curated by Franklin Sirmans, Fútbol examines the sport's global impact on politics and art, as well as the unique forms of nationalism the beautiful game incites (and enables) in cultures across the world. My own contribution was the result of a very special collaboration between LACMA and Self Help Graphics & Art, where five artists were invited to develop limited-edition serigraphs by Self Help Graphics' Executive Director Evonne Gallardo. After creating the initial design, I worked with master printer Joe Alpuche and SHG's very own Joel Garcia to develop the film, edit it, color match the inks, and print the edition.

The other artists in Self Help's limited edition series include Amitis Motevalli, Nery Gabriel Lemus, Dewey Tafoya, and Ana Serrano. All great artists that I'm glad to be associated with!

My own print focuses on Colombian soccer player Andrés Escobar, who scored an auto-goal in the 1994 World Cup that eliminated Colombia from the competition. The match was against the US men's national team, and was played here at Los Angeles' own Rose Bowl.

Upon his return to Colombia, Andrés was shot dead outside of a popular nightclub by persons who may (or may not?) have been associated with gambling and drug cartels. Part "fan" banner, and part memorial to Andrés, the piece explores the overlap between the worlds of soccer and narco-trafficking in Colombia. Its colors are taken from the Colombian flag and football kit, while the imagery is taken from Colombia's "natural" landscape - birds, drug-producing plants, and, of course, doomed football stars. Overall, I'm incredibly grateful to have been able to make this piece and show it in this show, as it extends two ongoing bodies of work of mine: Asesinados United and Garden Heads. Asesinados United is a mixed media work that uses t-shirts to remember murdered and assassinated footballers. In Garden Heads, potentially decapitated male heads float in tropical landscapes in watercolor and pastel drawings that remix portraiture and botanical illustration, while reconsidering the usually "hard" documentary imagery coming out of the drug war. Overall, I'm deeply interested in finding new ways to depict and think about the toll the drug wars have had on not just people, but the natural environment in which the drugs themselves are cultivated.

Garden Head 2013 ( Bogota)

Garden Head 2013  ( Bogota): watercolor, pastel on paperGarden Head 2013 ( Bogota): watercolor, pastel on paper

Garden Head 2013 ( Port of Spain)

Garden Head 2013 ( Port of Spain): watercolor on paperGarden Head 2013 ( Port of Spain): watercolor on paper

Garden Head 2013 ( San Salvador)

Garden Head 2013 ( San Salvador): watercolor on paperGarden Head 2013 ( San Salvador): watercolor on paper

Garden Head 2013 (Panama City)

Garden Head 2013 (Panama City): watercolor, pastel on paperGarden Head 2013 (Panama City): watercolor, pastel on paper

Garden Head 2013 ( Veracruz)

Garden Head 2013 ( Veracruz)Garden Head 2013 ( Veracruz)

Garden Head 2013 (Kuala Lumpur)

Garden Head 2013 (Kuala Lumpur): watercolor, pastel on paperGarden Head 2013 (Kuala Lumpur): watercolor, pastel on paper