Women’s History Month 2015

Hello All!

I will be exhibiting at this wonderful art show this Saturday for International Women’s Day! “Voces de Mujeres” has an amazing line-up of Chicago female musicians, spoken word and visual artists. There is more about the exhibition and the curator/artist Amara Betty Martin in these articles at Extra Newspaper and La Raza.

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Also, Mujeres Mutantes is having their first group show! It will be an army of Hello Kitties on March 13th at Pilsen Outpost! You can pick up a free “Mini Meow Zine” made by Monstrochika! There are all ages workshops scheduled for 3/21/15 and 3/29/15 which include Street Art T-Shirt Making and Paint a Hello Kitty Canvas! Visit the Facebook Event Page or contact Pilsen Outpost to sign up!

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“Reverberate Her Lines” Art Submission

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“Stars They Burst” Acrylic on wood. By Naomi Martinez, Copyright. Monstrochika, Inc. 2015

 

Sometimes there are paintings that are not quite done. Above (minus the fire colors) is the first painting I created in January of this new year. I was thinking of winter. A few months ago, one of our Mujeres Mutantes members out in New Mexico told us about a show she’d be curating for February 2015. I was reminded of the show last month and had decided on the new painting. But again, something was missing. So I meditated this morning and I thought of fire. My sporadic bursts of energy and my part in this universe. I worked on cleaning it up and here it is almost done.

“Reverberate Her Lines” is taking place in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Queens Under Estimated and El Chante Casa de Cultura will highlight some very talented women graffiti artists, MCs, poets and B-Girl performances from all corners. Some of my paint buddies are going out there and reppin’ Chicago. If you are in the area check it out. You can also still donate funds for this event by going to: www.gofundme.com/kquxrc

Flyer by Meelapuregraphics, Image by Delilah "Zena" Salgado.

Flyer by: Meelapuregraphics.com, Image by: Delilah “Zena” Salgado.

Call for Art: MUTANTES ZINE #2

To My Chicago Artists:

Mujeres Mutantes Art Collective is preparing for MUTANTES ZINE #2 ! Mujeres Mutantes is an all wo-manned artist collective based in Chicago. MUTANTES ZINE is an ongoing art project created to empower and raise awareness regarding women’s issues we may face daily in our communities, media, and society. We are a D.I.Y. publication and all sales raise funds for future collaborative zine projects. Ideas for collaboration? Need a copy of Mutantes #1? Or other inquiries please contact us: mutantes.zine@gmail.com

Artwork or words related to the body, bodies, body issues, love for our bodies, anything body! Deadline 3/31/15.

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Back Panels Show

Hello again!

The last two weeks I’ve been working on a neat project for this “Back Panels” show taking place tonight at Solid State Goods in Pilsen, Chicago.

Back in the late 70’s and thru the 80’s folks used to get artistic on their denim and leather jackets do-it-yourself style.

When invited to participate, I was captivated by the concept! I chose to paint one of my Monstrochika characters on a denim jacket.

I can’t wait to see what all the artists have come up with!

I’ll post pics on Instagram tonight.

Cheers!

Friday, December 12
6:00pm – 11:00pm
Solid State Vintage
1710 South Ashland
Chicago, Il 60608

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Rebels. Never. Die.

Art is what makes us human. The arts brings people together. It brings us hope, love and light.

The people took over Lake Shore Drive last night here in Chicago in the name of Michael Brown. They woke those in motion just moving along on their routine commute. Some were bothered but I’m sure others were moved. You are not human if you are not moved when you see people around you standing up for what is right.

Tomorrow Quennect 4 Gallery & Pachanka Music have put together a show called “Rebels Never Die: Resistencia Cultural”. I am exhibiting a new painting inspired by a young girl’s right to education. So many young girls worldwide are denied this right because of socio economic status, gender stereotypes and religious customs or traditions.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014
1000 N. Milwaukee 8pm – 3am

“We honor our indigenous roots, unique cultures and resistance movements through art, music and community dialogue revolving around shared anti-colonial values to create a space for dialogue with the urban, native and affected community.”

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Art for Good, Art for Healing…

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“Arte, Corazon, Vida.” (Art, Heart, Life.) By: Monstrochika

Over the years I have donated artwork to arts organizations, schools and other art spaces raising funds to keep art going strong in our communities. As a donating artist, I will spend some time on a one-of-a-kind piece to completion and then send it out to do its good in my city.

The piece above will have traveled the farthest for good thus far. I was invited to donate artwork for Wynwood Art Auction taking place this Friday, November 14th in Miami, Florida. The auction will raise funds for Ronald McDonald House South Florida which provides housing and much more for families with children undergoing hospital treatment for leukemia and other debilitating diseases.

The piece is titled “Arte, Corazon, Vida.” (Art, Heart, Life.). It looks similar but very different from my other paintings. It contains some new techniques and has inspired a new body of work which is now in progress.

Art has been my escape since I was very young and admiring illustrations in library books and Saturday morning cartoons. Growing up with domestic violence brought some struggle through my youth and into my early adult years. This experience however, also taught me resilience and determination. Now I dedicate myself to creating art that spreads joy as art has always done for me.

Art saved me and Heart pushes me to create and build a peaceful Life.

An art comrade told me recently that “Art heals the soul.” It truly, truly does.

Dia de los Muertos 2014

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Caminando: Dia de los Muertos, 2008 By: Monstrochika

Dia de los Muertos festivities begin this weekend! The souls of our dead ancestors and other loved ones return to visit and walk among the living. We create beautiful altars with ofrendas of all their favorite foods, drinks and treats to let them know we are praying for them and have not forgotten them.


 

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Image by: Meela Puregraphics

The 4th Annual Beautiful Souls Coffin Show  has quickly become a Chicago artist tradition. All thanks to Delilah Salgado, curator, artist, mentor, and long time advocate for the arts in the Pilsen community. You must come out and see this wonderful show she has put together and the works of art on these coffins will impress!

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 1, 2014 @ 7:00 PM at Cultura in Pilsen, 1900 S. Carpenter, Chicago, IL.

Elevarte Community Studio  is also holding their Annual Muertos de la Risa celebration and Dia de los Muertos procession. They are located right around the corner from where the coffin show exhibition will take place. There is fun for the whole family starting at 2:00 pm and the always stellar Dia de los Muertos procession begins at 5:00 pm!

End your evening with coffin art and DJ beats at the Beautiful Souls Coffin Show! See you there friends.

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Image by: Chema skandal

 

 

The Artist Life for Me

Hello once again! This weekend is the 12th Annual Pilsen Open Studios and there is much art to see and events to check out! Pilsen is home to a rich history of local artists, artisans and muralists. I first shared my work during Pilsen Open Studios in 2005 and at many of the alternative art spaces in Pilsen and Little Village since then.

Oct. 18th (12-9pm) & Oct. 19th (12-6pm): Mujeres Mutantes will be at Sip n’ Splash and are #17 on the map!  We are exhibiting work that includes paintings, mosaic, mixed media art, and jewelry. All one-of-a-kind and affordable.

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Also, I’ve been working my butt off on a side project for the collective and its finally done! On Saturday, Oct. 18th from 5:00-8:00 pm join us for the Mutantes Zine (Vol. 1) Release Party! Zines will be available for $5.00 and will fund future zines and public art projects by Mujeres Mutantes.

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I can’t believe its been almost 10 years since I first showed my work in the Pilsen community! I’ve learned that its about helping each other out. It is now 2014 and all of my best friends are artists. For me, art is not fame or money but a way of life. Keep on truckin’ Chicago!

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Top left to right: Zena, Phina, Bel2, Stef. Bottom: Monstrochika, Beloved

Splash Wall 2014, Little Village, Chicago, Illinois

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This Week

Greetings all,

This Sunday, July 27th from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. is the

1st Annual St. Paul Art Expo @ St. Paul’s Church, 2108 West 22nd Place, Chicago, Illinois

“Please join us for the first annual St.Paul Art Expo/Pop up shop. St.Paul church opens it’s doors to a variation of art forms ranging from paintings, poetry reading, music, jewelry makers, food, craft vendors, and everything in between.”

I will have Monstrochika watercolor illustrations, amigurumi dolls and paintings available for sale.

Come on out!

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Tomorrow night I will have a painting exhibiting at this show @ Under the Bridge Art Studio:

 

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Sip & Splash Female Art Show

Our art collective Mujeres Mutantes is exhibiting together tomorrow at a neat new spot called “Sip & Splash” in Pilsen. A “BYOB painting experience” as they call themselves on their website. Tomorrow, July 11th starting at 6:00 – 12:00 pm we will have snacks, beverages and art. It is family friendly and FREE! It is part of Pilsen 2nd Fridays so there will be other businesses with local artists work too. Come out for a lovely evening of art in Pilsen.

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I continue working on my dolls and these small original illustrations below. We are also signed up to sell at some upcoming markets together. It will be a good time with these ladies I know it! I have been on vacation and kicking back enjoying summer in the city. Until next post everyone!

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