Art and Artists
Painting. Film. Screen printing. Photography. A 3D installation. Sculpture.
Art inspires us, encourages us to think and challenges our views of reality and
14 Latino artists are featured in ¡NUEVOlution! Latinos and the New South. From across
the U.S. and around the world, they are a part of the newest New South and their work enriches our
The art inside the exhibit is made possible thanks to support from Metlife Foundation.
Arrived from Cuba as an unaccompanied minor in 1962 and lived in a Colorado orphanage for eight months before his parents could escape to America. Since he came over with no family heirlooms, he explores his own memory and identity through photographs and heirlooms that he finds in junkyards or yard sales. Petrirena grew up in Florida, earning his BA in Fine Art from University of Florida in 1977.
- Lives and works:Atlanta, GA / Born: Cuba
Pilar Martinez uses collage and mixed media to explore the convergence of cultures and experiences. She seeks to express the joy and liveliness of Latino culture through line, texture and color. Martinez holds an Art Direction degree from Miami Ad School, a BFA in Advertising Communication in Dominican Republic and a MFA in Painting from Savannah College of Art and Design.
- Lives and works: Miami, FL / Born: Dominican Republic
Edward Noriega, graphic design professor at Troy University, directs the Center for Design Technology and Industry, promoting design as a catalyst for social change. Noriega has taught at Cooper Union, Fashion Institute of Technology and Parsons School of Design, winning numerous teaching awards. Currently, he leads a graphic design studio specializing in book design, information graphics and presentations. He is co-author of Design Fundamentals for the Digital Age, 1998.
- Lives and works: Troy, AL / Born: Los Angeles
LILA QUINTERO WEAVER
Author-illustrator Lila Quintero Weaver immigrated with her family to the United States at age five. In March 2012, she released Darkroom: A Memoir in Black and White, her first book, a graphic memoir of her immigration story and the racial violence she witnessed in Alabama’s Black Belt region. Since its publication, it has won numerous awards.
- Lives and works: Northport, AL / Born: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Artist/muralist Rosalia Torres-Weiner came to the United States in 1985, began her career in hospitality, then taught herself illustration and painting. She fills her works with texture and color, honoring not only her Mexican narrative but also the untold narratives of others. She has painted murals throughout Charlotte including “The Dreamers” at UNC Charlotte Uptown. In 2015 she became artist-in-residence with the LACA Latin American Contemporary Art Projects.
- Lives and works: Charlotte, NC / Born: Mexico City, Mexico
Born in 1971, contemporary conceptual artist Edwin Gil seeks to connect cultures and ideas while exploring themes of social justice. His projects “Con ‘A’ de Arte” and “Art Si” through his partnership with the Public Library of Charlotte motivate youth to use art as a vehicle for social change. In addition to his artistic life, Gil works with Queens University and UNCC in workshops promoting diversity.
- Lives and works: Charlotte, NC / Born: Colombia
RICARDO LEVIN MORALES
Artist/activist Ricardo Levin Morales strives to empower communities through social activism and involvement. A screen printer, he calls his work “medicinal art” meaning he desires to “diagnose” a community’s social ailments and bring healing through artistic expression. He is a founding member of the Northland Poster Collective, allowing his art to be used for educational and inspirational purposes.
- Lives and works: Minneapolis, MN / Born: Puerto Rico
Award-winning multimedia producer Rodrigo Dorfman explores the identities that bind all the different places, people, languages and cultures he has inhabited since he left Chile at age six in 1973. His work strives to embody the space between exile, migration, hybridity and mysticism. He has worked with the Robert F. Kennedy Justice Center, POV, HBO, Salma Hayek's Ventanazul and the BBC among others.
- Lives and works: Durham, NC / Born: Santiago, Chile
Mixed media artist Rosa Murillo specializes in painting and jewelry design, she holds Bachelors degrees in Architecture and Fine Arts and is a self-taught metalsmith. She believes that function should follow form in her work, and her paintings are notable for their tactile nature. Her art draws from her surrounding environment and seeks to expose social realities.
- Lives and works: Charlotte, NC / Born: Monterrey, Mexico
Stanley Bermudez began painting at a young age. It wasn't until he moved to Houston to begin college that he realized art was his true calling. After earning his BFA and MFA, he now works as an art lecturer for the University of North Georgia. His painting expresses ideas of sociopolitical justice and human rights through acrylic pop art inspired design. His current work, Banderas, deals with the symbolism in various national flags.
- Lives and works: Athens, GA / Born: Venezuela
José Vázquez is a multidisciplinary visual artist. In addition to practicing photography, Vázquez creates paintings and sculptures using mostly found materials, bringing new life to discarded objects. He also writes poetry and short stories. Most recently, Vázquez offered his creative expertise in the production of documentaries focused on social issues. Currently he is recording his first collection of poetry entitled What are friends for?
- Lives and works: Charlotte, NC / Born: Mexico
Steve Terry, furniture and fabric specialist, has a career that has spanned three decades. After graduating from Appalachian State University in 1978, Steve joined the family business, Terry's Upholstery, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Under his leadership, Terry's Upholstery has had clients including Bank of America, Discovery Place and University of North Carolina. In 2006, he and his wife, CEO Diane Terry, launched what would become Silverstone Fabrics.
- Lives and works: Zionville, NC / Steve Terry and Stanley Bermudez collaborated to create the seating for th conversation space. Steve Terry built the furniture and worked with Stanley Bermudez to turn his artwork into fabric.
Nico has lived and worked in the United States since the late 1990s. His current artistic focus is large-scale paintings on canvas or wood panels and sculpting or wood-working with found objects. He paints as a means of describing a childhood in Colombia where the violence of the late 80s and early 90s became the norm. “I aim to illustrate 'snapshots' of a lifestyle that was focused on survival of the time...” As an immigrant to the United States, he became starkly aware of the political transactions between these two 'allied' countries that bore consequences both intended and unintended for his country’s people, and his encounters in this place he had always referred to as the "American Dream.”
- Lives and works: Charlotte, NC / Born: Bogota, Colombia