Pochos and Pixels: The Art of Rio Yañez

Rio Yañez never ceases to amaze me…  This time it’s through his (FIRST!!!) solo exhibition, Pochos and Pixels: The Art of Rio Yañez.  Just look at this dual punk rock meets hip hop (ghetto) Frida… Clearly, Rio is an artistic mastermind. WHAT: Pochos and Pixels: The Art of Rio Yañez. WHEN: Wednesday, April 11 –…

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Why did you have to pick this weekend to be a Chicano?

Mayra Ramirez makes my heart pitter patter…. (here is a repost of one of her latest posts on her blog Hella Breezys) It’s hard for me to fully express my disappointment and frustration with Arizona’s law makers… last week they passed HB 2281 witch bans “Ethnic Studies” in the states K-12 grade classrooms. I cannot…

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belated valentines day love from el rio

Sorry for the delay in this post. I have been in Chicago tied up with CAA, so much so, that the lovely Hallmark holiday of love, almost slipped through my fingers. But have no fear, I am back with full force, presenting my now frequent colllaborator Rio Yañez’s pop culture, commodified, chicano, arty valentines amazingness.…

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behind the scenes acciones plásticas purikura

Here are some behind the scenes images from the many Acciones Plásticas プリクラ photo shoots. The Latina Hipster The Homegirl The Homegirl putting on fake nails (lovin’ the shabbos candlesticks and theory books in the background) The Avodah Girl The 612er ——————————————————— Check out this inspiring write-up on Acciones Plásticas プリクラ on Truth and Healing…

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acciones plásticas goes プリクラ chicano style

Acciones Plásticas プリクラ Acciones Plásticas プリクラ is a collaboration between artists Maya Escobar and Rio Yañez. The Latina Hipster a bad-ass Morrissey-lovin’, tuff-girl sexy chica The Latina Role Model a diploma totin’ intellectual, sexy, social media goddess The Homegirl a hybridized version of Escobar’s Midwestern Chach and Yañez’s West Coast Chola. In Acciones Plásticas Escobar created…

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Nuevos Compañeros: Rio Yañez

My newest partner in crime is the talented, witty, godzilla and pikapika lovin’ Chicano artist and curator Rio Yañez. I first came across his Ghetto Frida two years ago, while working on the project Obsessed With Frida Kahlo. Immediately I felt some sort of cosmic connection-not to Ghetto Frida- but to her creator. And then to…

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Identity Issues Affecting Puerto Rican Girls: An Artist Speaks

In her essay The Myth of the Latina Woman/ Just Met a Girl Named Maria, Judith Ortiz Cofer describes her Puerto Rican upbringing in a strict Catholic home in New Jersey, where she was taught to behave like a proper señorita. Cofer explains that the conflicting messages she received as a child, were those commonly…

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