This exhibit includes work by unknown folk artists and professional
artists working in the Northwest. Whether they were born
in Mexico, are of Mexican heritage, have traveled extensively
in the country or studied its painters and crafts, the artists in
this show have been influenced by Mexico’s vibrant culture and
Alfredo Arreguin has represented the U.S. at the International Festival at
Cagnes-sur-Mer, France, won the festival’s Palm of the People Award, had an
NEA fellowship, designed a White House Easter Egg, created the poster for the
Washington State Centennial, exhibited at the Smithsonian and won awards
from the Mexican government and the University of California. His lush pattern
paintings mingle folk art motifs and Mexican and Northwest themes.
Hector H. Hernandez holds degrees in art, education and anthropology. He
has studied art in Japan and worked as an illustrator. Hernandez has produced
murals and other artworks for educational institutions and communities
throughout Oregon since 1995. Among the subjects reflected in his murals are
issues such as environment, education, multiculturalism, and social change.
Hernandez has shown his works in galleries across Oregon, Japan and Mexico.
Bill Kucha holds an MFA from CUNY and has always been a teacher as well
as an artist, offering workshops throughout the Northwest. Kucha’s work
has been purchased through the State of Oregon and State of Alaska 1% for
Art Appropriation programs and he has done public art paintings as well as
sculptures. He has lived in Mexico, travelled extensively there and exhibited in
galleries in Oregon and Washington.
Sharon Maribona studied at the Museum Art School in Portland. In her travels
she was inspired by seeing firsthand works by the great Mexican muralists. Her
strong imagery blends human vulnerability, Catholic reference and political
realities. Maribona’s strong drawing and love of emotional color suggests
Mexican sources and she says that she has “a Mexican heart and a Cuban last
name.” Maribona has shown her work in Oregon, Washington and California.
This exhibit was curated by art historian Yvette O’Neill Raynham.