RI Latino Artists Network (RILAN)

| Meet Ups | A place for creative exchange


Thur. July 25, 2024
| 5:30-7pm

La Galería del Pueblo
209 Central St. | Central Falls, RI 02863

This month's visual prompt is to the three works of art posted below by Yolanda López which we will call, Los Retratos de Guadalupe.

Here's how it works: Write poetry or short prose (creative nonfiction, short fiction, personal essay or monologue). Research the artwork or artist and use what you discover to fuel your writing. You can also let the image alone provoke your imagination. Submissions may appear on our website. 500 words max! All writers welcome. Submit here
DEADLINE to submit is July 12, 2024.
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In April, we received five submissions in response to the painting to the right,Viva La Vida by Frida Kahlo.
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Current Exhibition at La Galería del Pueblo | Central Falls

Portraits of Guadalupe
Our Lady of Guadalupe is the most important religious symbol of Mexico and one of the most powerful female icons of Mexican culture. In February, RILA put out a Call for Artists asking for submissions of Portraits of Guadalupe. Out of 19 entries, these 12 were selected for exhibition at La Galería del Pueblo. The paintings will be on exhibition from April 25 until July 30, 2024.

Gallery hours are by appointment only: lagaleria@rilatinoarts.org.

Invited Artists | Portraits of Guadalupe | April - July 2024

➤ Ricardo Blancas

Su Pueblo en El Extranjero
Ink & acrylic on canvas

My family has always felt very close to la "Virgencita" as my Grandma calls her. I was around thirteen when I became aware of religion and what it calls us to. La Virgencita has been a guiding light for me, as she’s been for many. She is a constant reminder of the power of love, joy, consolation and hope. I can’t really explain it, I felt like I needed to do this, a very strong pull. Maybe this is the start of something new for me.
➤ Xochitl Díaz

Guadalupe, Mi Corazón
6" x 6", Acrylic on wood

I am a Mexican-American self-taught artist originally from the West Coast and now I live in Providence. Our Lady of Guadalupe is my spiritual connection to my culture.

It has been said that in the image we all know of Our Lady of Guadalupe, there is a sign that she is pregnant. In this art piece, I decided to show this through the glow on her face rather than showing her belly. The heart is a symbol of the heartbeat of the child she carries, and of the love that emanates from all who follow her.
➤ Tamara Díaz

Virgencita Guadalupe
16 x 20, Acrylic on canvas

My dad is from Cuba and my mom was born in England and her family are Jewish and fled the Nazi's. Because neither side was religious, I had to find my own spirituality. My Cuban abuela was the one who had altars in her house with different saints and I was always interested in this. I immediately found comfort with the Virgencita Guadalupe. I took her in as if she was my own! I began painting her, praying to her, decorating my home with her and wearing her around my neck. These are the reasons I am submitting my art.
➤ Jacki Estrada

Café Con La Virgen (2024)
8 x 10, Photograph

I entered my photograph of Our Lady of Guadalupe because I admire what she represents to the Mexican culture and all of Latin America. I have always looked at Our Lady of Guadalupe with such awe and curiosity of her story and how beautiful she is portrayed by various Latino artists, especially in Mexico. She is a symbol of a woman that gives hope, faith and protection to her pueblo and it gives me pride to show my respects to Our Lady Guadalupe, with my interpretation on the intimate relationship each of us have with her in our homes, in our everyday.
➤ Marlene Hernández

In Her Eyes 2024
11 x 14, Acrylic on canvas

I was born in Mexico D. F. My family is from Michoacán, México. My creative practice mostly pertains to drawing and painting. Graffiti Art has been something I’ve grown with and feel very close to. My artistic style can be described as Graffiti like, but I feel I am yet to discover my style. I look forward to experimenting more and learning other medias and styles.

La Virgen de Guadalupe is seen as a representation of Mexico, its religion and its people. Most importantly, the indigenous people. I for one love the story of how she came to be, how she now is one of Mexico’s most valued and loved icons.
➤ René Gómez

La Virgencita (2024)
24x30, Acrylic on canvas

I am a Dominican Pop Artist who lives in Providence, R.I. and enjoy painting portraits. One of my early inspirations growing up in a Catholic family was religious art. La Virgin de Guadalupe was a staple in church and on Univision with television shows like La Rosa de Guadalupe being watched at home. I wanted to create a more modern take on the image of Guadalupe. She always had a majestic look and I tried to capture that with plenty of gold to catch your eye.
➤ Marta V. Martínez

Lupita, La Morenita (2024)
16 x 20, Digital Art, Collage

My tía Guadalupe named two of her children Guadalupe (one was female and one male). I watched my two Guadalupe primos grow up through stages of life proudly wearing that name, and sometimes I wondered what Our Lady of Guadalupe would have been like in her youth. Was she always so reverent and revered?

For this design, I decided to imagine her in her early twenties, a hip, coqueta who calls herself Lupita, La Morenita. This beloved and popular chica is surrounded by an aura, a light that she does not see, yet its brightness makes her stand out above others in her circle.

The roses of her future are reflected in her sunglasses, highlighting the simple flower that she is in her youth, providing a hint of the everlasting love she will carry for us, and we for her.

The angel is not at her feet, but on her lapel close to her heart, where she protects Lupita and keeps her pure. The angel also carries the half moon (lighting the way), a hint of the powerful woman Lupita La Morenita is destined to become.
➤ María Payano

Amor Eterno
16 x 20, Acrylic on canvas

As I created Guadalupe, I wanted to showcase the colorful handcrafted Mexican artwork as well as the lovely people that I’ve been fortunate to have met devoted to her. I wanted to portray a serene and loving Aztec Woman holding her precious child, wrapped in a Mexican flag amidst a bouquet of roses, surrounded by a beaming ray of sunlight.

She is iconic, and her story alone, creates so many emotions. I tried to connect nature and the profound symbolism of spiritually. I chose the oval canvas to represent an expanded version of the small medal you carry in your pocket as a form of devotion.

The dark moon behind her, and the roses at her feet represent the power of love that defeats tragedy and darkness.
➤ Giovannina Minardi

Peace on Earth
16 x 20, Watercolor on Paper

I was born in Guatemala and raised in Rhode Island. I have most recently been deepening my creative practice through healing from childhood trauma. I have always loved collage and sewing. The last few years have been a wonderful exploration of watercolor.

Our Lady of Guadalupe is a very important person in my life. I have a deep personal connection with her that began in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In 2014 my mother and I made a pilgrimage to see her in Tepeyac, México. It was a profound and moving
experience. When I saw this call for submission I felt called to be a part of this experience.
➤ Valeria Ramírez

Nuestra Diosa (2024)
24 x 18, Watercolor

Virgin of Guadalupe symbolizes warmth, nourishment and maternal care; however, she also has strong associations with the modesty and submission of women. Also, this Catholic symbol was created on the temple of the pre-Hispanic goddess Tonantzin, who was understood as Mother Earth in its fullness.

In my work as an illustrator, I consider it important to constantly reflect on the representations we create, especially when these images are part of our daily rituals. Therefore, I have decided to portray La Guadalupana as an indigenous peasant woman, as a tribute from the admiration for her constant dedication to feeding not only her families but also the biodiversity of this planet. This image also shows the woman in an attitude where she recognizes herself as abundant, like the goddess Tonantzin, and where she knows she is strong and deserving of joy and abundance.
➤ Niko Tolentino

Guadalupe (2023)
16x20, Watercolor Applications

I grew up in a Catholic household. My mother, I’d say was the religious one but left me to my own devices. The images of Guadalupe and others were common, so I never truly even considered them at the time. No more than religious imagery that just did not peak my interest. Today I am more fascinated by the concepts that motivate a large portion of the Latin community and the world. These fantastic stories that steer the morality of the people is a subject I won’t grow tired of.
➤ Grechel Rosado
Our Lady of Divine Providence
11 x 17, Woodblock Print with Screen print and Watercolor Applications
"Our Lady of Divine Providence" despite the name is actually the blessed Patroness of Puerto Rico. Virgin Mary statutes can be found all over Puerto Rico in homes, yards, shops, etc. Throughout my life I've always been drawn to the figure without truly realizing my own association with my spirituality. I think especially now it echoes our collective need to help others in times of desperation and destruction but more so in times of happiness and celebration.
➤ Pablo Youngs

Lupe in Teal (March 2024)
15 x 30, Spray paint & stencil on canvas

Growing up in Northeast United States, it’s easy for someone of a mixed race and multicultural upbringing to slightly underestimate, or even forget, the importance of one’s heritage. The symbol Our Lady of Guadalupe never fails to serve as a constant reminder of not only my own background, but also a reminder of the importance of embracing our history and culture.
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209 Central St. | Central Falls, RI 02863
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The Rhode Island Latino Artists Network is a RILA initiative where we seek to support, promote, and increase public awareness of the richness, beauty, and diversity of Latin American cultures and their roots. We do this by creating networking opportunities to stimulate artistic activities and cultural interaction among Latino artists. The MeetUps take place on the last Thursday of each month at La Galería del Pueblo, RILA's cultural hub in Central Falls and on the opening night as we change each exhibit at La Galería del Barrio | PVD, RILA's new urban gallery located in South Providence.