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.

The Artists

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                               
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                            
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

EDWIN GIL                                          
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

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

RODRIGO DORFMAN                                     
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

ROSA MURILLO                       
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                         
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                                    
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                               
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




Through our research, we've complied a list of surprising facts and figuers about the Latino New South. Discover rates of growth, the economic impact and insights on terminology.
Levine Museum worked with Atlanta History Center and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in the multi-year Latino New South Project to study, document and understand the dramatic and rapid demographic shift occurring across the South, and to develop strong partnerships with Latino communities. Through our work, which began in 2012 and included a series of listening sessions with Latinos and non-Latinos in each city, 7 insights emerged.
El Museo Levine del Nuevo Sur es un museo de historia interactivo. Explora el significado del Nuevo Sur y comparte las historias de su gente - hombres, mujeres y niños; afroamericanos, blancos, ricos y pobres, residentes antiguos y nuevos- quienes han reinventado y moldeado la región desde finales de la Guerra Civil y quienes continúan haciendo historia.


12.11.2015 - 10.31.2016
Explore the ¡NUEVOlution! exhibit and what it means to live in the Nuevo South, amidst the many diverse and dynamic encounters shaping life, work and the community.
10.15.2016 - 10.15.2016
Join us for the inaugural Carolinas Word Fest.
10.22.2016 - 10.22.2016
Join Museum staff and community members as we sample making some of the arts and crafts of Dia de Muertos/Day of the Dead.
11.01.2016 - 11.01.2016
Lucila Ruvucalba from the Latin American Coalition hosts a presentation of history, humor and facts about Dia de Muertos on the official day the actual celebration.
11.06.2016 - 11.06.2016
Community Historian Tom Hanchett leads a discussion with several newcomers he's profiled in his “Food from Home” column about how food brings communities together.
10.07.2017 - 10.07.2017
This free uptown street festival highlights Latin American cultures in Charlotte.
10.29.2017 - 10.29.2017
Our annual free family festival presented in partnership with the Latin American Coalition celebrates this traditional Mexican holiday. Family activities, an altar contest, music and dance performances, traditional foods, sugar skull workshops, crafts, and free admission all day!