At GALLERY Z - LATINO ARTISTS, Thursday, Sept. 7th through Sunday, Oct. 1st, 2017. Live Musical Performance & Opening Reception Thursday, Sept. 14, 5-9PM.
In September, Gallery Z will be featuring works by local, regional and internationally known Latino Artists, including Nilton Cardenas, Liliana Fijman and Evans Molina.
Nilton Cardenas was born in Lima, Peru, immigrated with his family to Miami, Florida, 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 works have been exhibited in solo and group exhibits in the U.S. and Spain and are in private and corporate collections. An inward search for his native origin is reflected in his art. 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.
Liliana Fijman is a Providence artist from Cordoba, Argentina, where she went to 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, where he worked on 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. His art is expressed via painting, performance, music and video. 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. 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.