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Color Surface Texture: In the Studio with Alexander Comminos

Color Surface Texture: In the Studio with Alexander Comminos

by Cayetano Garza Jr. • photos courtesy Comminos Studio The artist’s journey to find an artistic voice, a medium that best conveys their imagination, is often circuitous. A sculptor may spend years attempting drawing or a painter decades before discovering ceramics. Alex Commino’s journey, one that would lead him to the Rio Grande Valley and […]

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Despierto: The Art of Mario Godinez

Despierto: The Art of Mario Godinez

“Godinez has plunged deeper into his own unique way of blending multicolored biomorphic shapes that teeter on the edge of representation and illusion”

An Art Awakening by Cayetano Garza Jr. Artist Mario Godinez signs his work with the cognomen “El Mago”, which is Spanish for “the magician”. In many ways his Surrealist paintings can only be described as magical. He conjures internal reactions from the viewer as deftly as a magician pulls a rabbit from a hat leaving […]

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Espejimos: Maria Antonia Rodriguez & Toni Hudson at the Carlotta K. Petrina Cultural Center

Espejimos: Maria Antonia Rodriguez & Toni Hudson at the Carlotta K. Petrina Cultural Center

The Spanish word for “mirage” is “espejimo” – a fitting title for the first art exhibition of the new year to grace the walls of the Carlotta K. Petrina Cultural Center in Brownsville, Texas. The reception was held Friday night, January 3rd, from 6 to 9 pm. The Carlotta K. Petrina Cultural Center is housed […]

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Imagination Unbound

Imagination Unbound

By the time he moved to walls, tagging under the nom de plume RAID, Zamudio’s skill far exceeded that of many of his contemporaries.

Weslaco Museum Presents the Art of Manuel Zamudio by Cayetano Garza Jr. Arcane totems, multicolored Olmec heads, pyramids, flying saucers and hip hop references abound in the current exhibit at the Weslaco Museum entitled Libertad de la Imaginacion – a one man show by local artist Manuel Zamudio. A graffiti artist for the past two […]

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The Sum of Parts

The Sum of Parts

Artist Ben Varela builds masterpieces from minutiae

It’s difficult to talk to Ben Varela about Ben Varela. He’s disinterested in discussing himself—he feels it’s his duty to promote others he has worked with or who have influenced him. This selfless promotion is what makes Varela so interesting; his work reflects these same concepts, and they come alive on his easel. Since arriving in the Rio Grande […]

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Culture Captured: The Work of Anne Marie Varela

Culture Captured: The Work of Anne Marie Varela

Anne Marie Varela captures what Valleyites take for granted

by David Alexander Gonzalez Most of us have reveled in the pain or joy of certain moments—times where we are most vulnerable, when we let our guards down and allow ourselves to feel. For most of us, being vulnerable isn’t so easy to forget. We seem to instinctively remember times of vulnerability, because forgetting means fighting the urge for us […]

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Mario Godinez: Hearts and Bones

Mario Godinez: Hearts and Bones

Mario Godinez’s art fuses Hispanic, Anglo and Pop cultures

by David Alexander Gonzalez It has not always been about painting monsters and calaveras for Mario Godinez. Though, when observing his work, that may be hard to believe. Godinez’s use of paint in his latest collection, entitled Café Tacvba is somewhat of a digression for an artist who is more known for his work as a sculptor. […]