LATINO ARTISTS September 7th - October 1st, 2017

Opening Reception and Live Musical Performance:
Thursday, September 21st, 5-9pm







In September, Gallery Z will be featuring works by local, regional and internationally known Latino Artists, including Nilton Cardenas (Peru), Virginia Delgado (Uruguay), Tamara Diaz (Cuba), Liliana Fijman (Argentina), Evans Molina (Cuba), Julian Penrose (Brazil) and Sidney Tillett (Guatemala).

Nilton Cardenas is a painter born in Lima, Peru, who immigrated with his family to Miami and later moved to Providence. He studied journalism at the University of San Martin de Porres and Painting at the Institute Superior Jose Sabogal in Lima. His paintings have been exhibited in solo and group exhibits in the U.S. and Spain and are in private and corporate collections. He is a past Sol Gallery Board Member, which promotes Latino Art and culture. He has instructed Providence youth for years in schools and camps, and has worked for many organizations supportive of art and culture in Providence, including PASA, Achievement First Providence Mayor Academy Elementary, Blackstone Valley Community Action Program, City Arts, Dorcas Place, YMCA, Urban League of RI, Hispanic Heritage Society Museum, RISD, Providence Safe Smart Program and Providence School District. Nilton also works for the Providence School Department. Nilton has received awards from City Hall and state representatives acknowledging his art, his support and his impact as role model for Providence youth and residents. An inward search for his native origin is reflected in his art.

Virginia Delgado is a photographer specializing in creating black-and-white photographs of people and their lives. A first generation American born of artistic Uruguayan parents, she grew up in Fort Lee, New Jersey, surrounded by their artistic influences. Studying English Literature abroad in England, Virginia traveled through Europe by train and began photographing with her parents’ old Minolta while focusing on writing; an easy transition to street photography led her to focus on people and their stories. Virginia moved to Uruguay in 2006, photographing street life in Montevideo and Maldonado while developing and printing her own images and studying darkroom skills with famed local photographer, Roberto Fernandez Ibanes. She subsequently traveled from Uruguay to New York every year. In February 2011 Virginia photographed the streets and characters of neighborhoods in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Virginia now lives in Bristol, RI, where she teaches English as a Second Language at Roger Williams University, while continuing to document the lives of people through her photography and to travel in pursuit of furthering her art.

Tamara Díaz is a Providence child-and-family therapist and visual artist who works primarily with RI’s Latino community. Her mother’s parents were Holocaust survivors; her father arrived in the U.S. in 1962 with his family as exiles from Cuba. Tamara considers her Pop Art to contain strong emotional content, expressing “an underlying concern for the human condition and its tension with spirituality”. Using markers, acrylics, pencil, pen and ink, photography, collage and computer illustration, Tamar’s bold colors and strong visual imagery convey energy and optimism.

Liliana Fijman is a Providence artist from Cordoba, Argentina, where she attended film school. After immigrating to the U.S. in 1971, Liliana graduated from RIC and furthered her art studies in RISD continuing education courses. Her lifelong love of nature and plants in their multiple transformations informs her art, as Liliana has embraced paper arts as her medium - Roots, Fibers and Soul.

Evans Molina was born in Cuba in 1976 and raised in an artistic milieu of visual and performing artists. He studied historic restoration and painting in Cuba, restoring monuments island-wide, scriptwriting and film at the Cuban Institute of Radio and Television (ICRT) and at the Cuban Institute of Cinematography and Art (ICAIC), and performance art studies at Havana’s National Folkloric Collective. Evans immigrated to the US in 2004, but Cuba continues to inform his creative endeavors. Heritage, ritual, immigration, family, folklore and legend are incorporated in his art and performances, with a goal to “bridge cultures and break down the barriers and prejudices that separate us as people. Art, for me, is potentially a form of ‘social medicine.’ ” Evans was a co-founder of the Green Brigade Project in Cuba in 2002, a five-year long multidisciplinary program that brought together Cuban artists in concerts, communal art exhibits and street performance as well as the International Book Fair in Havana. His art is expressed through painting, performance, music and video. In 2003 Evans received critical acclaim by Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain, for his short film titled “Tiempo” in 2003 and an Honorable Mention at the Independent Film Festival, Havana, in 2004, as well as at the Independent Film Festival in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. He has taught extensively and performed at K-12 schools, cultural centers and community spaces. Evans founded Gallery La Naïve in Providence, a former popular Gallery Night immersive art/music/dance venue and is a percussionist with local Latino band Santa Mamba.

Julian Penrose, born in Brazil in 1961, is a Providence artist who grew up in Philadelphia. Julian transforms found and recycled objects - natural materials, small manufactured items, printed images and other miniature discoveries - into three-dimensional assemblages. His intent is that recognizable objects will connect viewers to their own experiences.
Julian's background in art and landscape architecture and drafting and design informs his three-D style, reminiscent of Cornell’s boxes and Rauschenberg’s constructions. Julian studied Art at Pitzer College, Claremont, California under the influence of collage artist Paul Darrow, and Landscape Architecture at the University of Washington, Seattle. His study of architectural form is reflected in his assemblages, as he creates tiny ‘landscapes’ in shadowboxes and freestanding art works. Julian has been inspired by Marsden Hartley’s philosophy of ‘intuitive abstraction,’ “where the artist allows the act of creating to drive the outcome of the piece…The subconscious mind relays meaning…The process of making art becomes a meditation of sorts” and by ‘intentional randomness,’ a term used to describe Joseph Cornell’s assemblages, which emphasizes the process of placing items and materials intentionally, but making it seem random. In Julian’s words, “I find that the most common and usual object can be made into a thing of beauty”…“ The works are meant to draw the viewer in and connect with a moment, feeling or place that has some meaning to them, as it does to me.” Julian’s work has been represented in numerous solo and group exhibits, and is represented in Providence and Philadelphia.

Sidney Tillett, born in Livingston, Guatemala, immigrated to the United States in 1986. He has been painting since he was six years old and has been an educator at the Met High School in Providence, RI since September 2003. For the last several years Sidney has explored portraiture as his primary focus. In his art, he observes the connection between Central America cultures, particularly the Garifuna and African cultures, and combines the imagery with his own memories, creating dreamlike portraits.

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Gallery Z also displays a rotating selection of original fine art (paintings, photographs, drawings, mixed media, glass, sculptures, assemblages, lithographs) from its stable of over 400 locally, nationally or internationally renowned fine artists, and fine ceramics, pottery, jewelry and Armenian and international handicrafts. The “Italy” room expands the local Federal Hill Italian atmosphere with “Dreamy Venice”, handmade Murano glass gifts and jewelry chosen and imported from Venice by Gallery Associate Linda Kamajian, set amidst fine art either related to Italy or by some of Gallery Z's established Italian-American artists. Gallery Z celebrates its seventeenth year in 2017 of providing a center for experiencing fine art in a historic Providence neighborhood. Although there are no official Gallery Night events December through March, Gallery Z carries the torch by hosting a free opening reception for the current exhibit every third Thursday of the month, 12 months a year. Gallery Z is a tax-free zone.

Gallery Z Hours: Wed. 12-6pm, Thurs-Sat 12-8pm, Sun. 12-6pm and by appt. or chance. ALL RECEPTIONS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC