Join La Printeria Saturday, April 8th, from 6pm-10pm for a night of art and celebration as La Printeria hosts Chicano Artist, Joe Lopez, a prominent San Antonio painter, for the release of “Corazon de Gallo.” Originally painted by the prominent San Antonio artist, this is the first release of “Corazon de Gallo” in serigraph form, available to the public. The Artist will be on site for meet & greet and signing of these limited edition prints. This edition was hand-printed at Taller 75 Grados in partnership with La Printeria.
Joe Lopez' watercolors capture a unique place in time where a border "barrio" culture embraced the history and traditions of two countries. Lopez spent his early life in a South Texas barrio hidden near the posh neighborhood of Alamo Heights in San Antonio, Texas. Most locals are unaware that such a place existed near an area where wealth was plentiful. "El Barrio Escondido" (The Hidden Barrio) created a vivid cultural backdrop of family ties, religion and social influences that are evident in Lopez' work.
Lopez has become a significant leader of the Chicano Art Movement, known nationally as an artist who paints real life, and as a man who stands up for his family, his culture, and his rights, even in the greatest adversity. He has persevered throughout his life, first to be "normal" even though he was born with only one hand; to learn the skills of an artist with virtually no resources for art school or lessons; to open his own studio and art gallery where he shows the work of "undiscovered" artists as well as his own work; and to fight and win a legal battle against a major U.S. company that not only attacked the title of one of his best-known paintings, but the very culture he strives to portray in his artwork.
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