Brief Art Resume

This is a brief resume showcasing my accomplishments. I list an abbreviated list of exhibitions, projects and collaborations in the visual media, poetry and choral music.

I also have a thorough CV for those who wish to see a complete resume which includes my exhibition record, collectors, press and more.

Education

M.F.A.    1997     San Jose State University, CA
B.A.       1992     California State University, Hayward, CA
A.A.       1990     College of Alameda, CA

Teaching Experience

Since the Summer of 2000, I have been teaching courses in art studio and lecture. The courses that I have been teaching include Painting, Drawing, Design (2-D), Art Appreciation, Introduction to Art History, and Mexican Art History. I have taught in the Bay Area (for the City of Walnut Creek's Civic Arts Center, Ohlone College in Fremont, CA, Contra Costa College in San Pablo, and Peralta Community College's College of Alameda and Merritt College in Oakland, CA), as well as in Santa Maria, CA at Allan Hancock College (from August 2005 - December 2014).

Group/Solo Exhibitions

Noted exhibitions include venues such as Galerie B. Haasner in Wiesbaden, Germany; National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, Illinois; El Estudio Galeria in Zacatecas, Mexico; Vorpal Gallery in San Francisco, California; MACLA in San Jose, California; Museum of Journalism and Graphic Arts in Guadalajara, Mexico; University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) Multicultural Center; Richmond Art Center, in Richmond, California; Galeria de la Raza, in San Francisco, California; The University of San Francisco's Thacher Gallery, San Francisco, California; Mission Cultural Center, San Francisco, California; SomArts, San Francisco, California; Pro Arts, Oakland, California; Joyce Gordon Gallery, Oakland, California; Wilmer Jennings Gallery at Kenkeleba, New York City, New York.

Projects

Paul Basler: collaboration with Paul Basler (music composer) to create Cantos Alegres, Embrace Creation and Divine Days. Choral groups have performed the pieces around the world including Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Boston's Symphony Hall, the Winchester International Music Festival, among others.

Traveling Exhibitions: 1. "We Are You International Project" - a socio-political, cultural, economic art exhibition that began in the Spring of 2012 in New York City. It includes poetry readings as well as panel discussions, draws attention to important issues including immigration, racial profiling and identity politics in the United States and beyond. It is traveling throughout the US and will go to Europe, followed by Latin America. 2. "Perdiendo Cuentas/Losing Count" - San Francisco, CA was the inaugural exhibition for this traveling exhition exploring and bringing to the forefront the current drug-related violence and crimes plaguing Mexico. The exhibition is presently touring throughout several states in Mexico.

Book Covers and Publications: I have had the fortune to have my paintings used in the cover of publication with Host Publications, Casiopea, noted poet and playwright Cherrie Moraga (Heroes and Saints & Other Plays, published by West End Press). I was selected as a visual artist for the Shakespeare Festival Magazine in Ashland, Oregon.

Murals: I have participated in the creation of murals for the cities of Woodland and Oakland, California and for schools in Alameda and Hayward, California.

Television/ Newspaper Reviews

My exhibitions have been covered and reviewed by various media publications such as San Mateo Daily Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, Santa Maria Sun, El Mensajero (SF/Bay Area), East Bay Express, Santa Cruz Sentinel, Artweek, St. Petersburg Times, Good Morning Northwest and Video Latino.

Collectors

I am appreciative of all the opportunities that I have had from individuals and organizations that have supported and have financed my work. These include the City of Oakland, California; the City of Woodland, California; Genentech, Inc., South San Francisco, California; Mel & Leta Ramos, Oakland, California; BMG Entertainment, New York, New York; and collectors in Mexico, Switzerland, and Germany.

Painting Galleries

Visit my Painting Galleries: navar For over twenty years, image-making for me has been a passion and avenue for exploring experiences, dreams and preoccupations, including issues of our dependence on technology, consumer culture, relationships, spirituality, politics, and the human "theatre". The paintings are arranged into different galleries, grouped, chronologically (the earliest from 1993 and spanning into the present) and "themes", especially when I find myself working in a series of paintings inspired from my life experiences, memories, nostalgia and personal interest, for example multi-generational, cross-cultural, popular consumer-based iconography and imagery, such as Chespirito, the Morton Salt Girl, muppets from Sesame Street, the Mexican Loteria, and Art History Homages.