2019 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

Raul Baltazar


Raul BaltazarArtist’s Statement

As an artist, I act as a “medium” between Mesoamerican and Western culture, at once part of both worlds, able to act as mimetic mirror for both. And through my mimetic capabilities (via a trans-disciplinary practice) I channel the revolutionary challenge of the Mesoamerican Indigenous communities to the home base of the Colonial Entertainment Capital of the World, Los Angeles.

As artist, I seek catharsis in response to the trauma the body endures when experiencing and rationalizing abuse of power and authority by means of sanctioned and unsanctioned reiterations of violence. By participating in the creation of contemporary culture rooted in ancient culture, I create space for healing, communication and reflection. Ritual interventions, mimicry, storytelling, and trans-disciplinary art forms are ways I communicate with the public. My intention is to clearly reflect others back to themselves in order to create space for communication, catharsis, reflection, observation, empathy and healing. Syncretism, hybridity and mimicry are forms in which I mirror the nuanced relationships between power and authority, abuse of power and authority, sanctioned and unsanctioned forms of violence and linear versus cyclical logic within the framework of the liminal space between Mesoamerican and what Bell Hooks names Imperialist white-supremacist capitalist patriarchy.

Website: raulpaulinobaltazar.com

Biography

Select Performances from 2010-2014

2013
OBSIDIAN STONE
intervention, Baldwin Hills Look Out, Culver City, CA

2011
SISYPHUSS
performance, Pacific Standard Time West of Rome
Trespass Parade, Los Angeles, CA

2011
CASINO ROYALE
performance, Pacific Standard Time
West of Rome, Trespass Parade VIP Party, Los Angeles, CA

2010
ES BLISS
intervention, Pershing Square, Los Angeles, CA

Select Group Exhibitions

2014
SUPER SELECTO
Selecto: Planta Baja, Los Angeles, CA

2013
A MESS AND A PLEASURE, PRACTICING IN PUBLIC
For Your Art, Los Angeles, CA

2011
SUR BIENNIAL
Rio Hondo College, Los Angeles, CA

2010
CHEWBACCA TO ZAPATA
Morono Kiang Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Select Fellowships and Awards

2014
City of Los Angeles Certificate of Recognition
Councilmember 13th District Mitch O’Farrel In recognition of work as a Lead Artist/ mentor, Central American immigration Stories

2014
Civic Artists Pre Qualified List 2014-16, Los Angles County Arts Commission

2014
Metro Art Shortlist

2010
City of Los Angeles Certificate of Recognition
Councilmember 1st District Ed Reyes, In recognition of work as a Lead Artist/ mentor, Central American immigration Stories

Select Community-based Artwork

2014 – Current
SELECTO
Planta Baja, Artist run project space
LA CA www.selectoplantabaja.net

2010 – Current
THE BUNNY HOUSE
international residency program, Echo Park, LA CA

2013
CERRITOS MURAL PROJECT
Los Coyotes Mural, 12’x 24’, acrylic on canvas, designed and painted by youth, Cerritos Park, Cerritos CA, LA County Arts Commission

2010
CENTRAL AMERICAN IMMIGRANT STORIES
8 mural banners installed on trees, designed and painted by youth banner: 4’x 8’
acrylic on canvas, MacArthur Park, Los Angeles, CA

EDUCATION

M.F.A., Fine Art/Public Practice 2013
Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, Calif.

B.F.A., 2009
Otis College of Art and Design, Sculpture and New Genres
Los Angeles, Calif.

CF National Standards    Charity Navigator    Guidestar

© 2019 California Community Foundation. All Rights Reserved.