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Self-Help Graphics, Dia de Los Muertos/Teatro Campesinos. Photo by Guillermo Bejarano

William Aurelio Bejarano. was born in San Diego, CA. Guillermo and wife Pamala
have dual residencies at Todos Santos, Baja Sur, Mexico and Laguna Hills, CA., USA.


ARTIST’ STATEMENT:

My work stems from the Mayan philosophy of the three-T’s—“Mankind is in transition, transformation, and transcendence.” This philosophy can portrays a feeling of movement / energy / direction stemming from a “tree of life” which “life & art” can evolve into something new.

My philosophy of existential thoughts; the idea that I am free to create art and responsible for what I produce, which “In art, art cuts deeply into us and the red mark is on the earth.” Toward a greater extent which painting is clear and transparent transposed from its darkness and human struggles.

In painting, I use abstract-figurative notion of time, space and dimension in my artistic compositions. The use of abstract forms, shapes, lines and colors are visual elements in search of dynamics. My figurative image is in transition, transformation and transcendence.

I was a founding member of the Chicano Arts Mural Movement in Los Angeles, California. And, like a mural, my easel paintings exhibits the same kind of artistic process. Presently, my paintings are about the “persona— mind & body” a visitation to the tonality of its civilities and freedoms.

My medium is acrylic paint on canvas or various types of surfaces.

My love of pictorial geometry best describes my digital work and its dimensional approach to design using linear lines, points, triangles, squares, and circles. My medium is computer generated.

With respect to my photography, I enjoy very natural settings which I am able to visualize as a finished product. I do not search for subjects as they generally come to me.

It is my objective to have my audience understand and appreciate my philosophies as they relate to my work. I like being asked questions about my art, and I really enjoy appreciation of my creations.


Mi obra se deriva de la filosofía maya de los tres-T’s- "La humanidad está en transición, transformación y trascendencia". Esta filosofía puede retratar una sensación de movimiento / energía / dirección derivada de un "árbol de la vida" que "la vida y el arte "Puede evolucionar en algo nuevo.

Mi filosofía de los pensamientos existenciales; la idea de que soy libre de crear arte y responsable de lo que produjo, que "en el arte, el arte nos corta profundamente y la marca roja está en la tierra". En una medida mayor, la pintura es transparente y transparente transpuesta de su oscuridad y las luchas humanas.

En pintura, utilizo la noción abstracto-figurativa de tiempo, espacio y dimensión en mis composiciones artísticas. El uso de formas abstractas, formas, líneas y colores son elementos visuales en busca de dinámicas. Mi imagen figurativa está en transición, transformación y trascendencia. Mi medio es pintura acrílica sobre lienzo o varios tipos de superficies

Mi amor por la geometría pictórica describe mejor mi trabajo digital y su enfoque dimensional para diseĖar usando líneas, puntos, triángulos, cuadrados y círculos. Mi medio está generado por computadora.

Con respecto a mi fotografía, disfruto de ajustes muy naturales que puedo visualizar como un producto terminado. No busco temas como generalmente vienen a mí.

Mi objetivo es que mi audiencia entienda y aprecie mis filosofías relacionadas con mi trabajo. Me gusta que me hagan preguntas sobre mi arte, y realmente disfruto apreciando mis creaciones.

Fui miembro fundador del Movimiento Mural de Artes Chicanos en Los Ángeles, California. Y, como un mural, mis pinturas de caballete exhiben el mismo tipo de proceso artístico. Actualmente, mis pinturas son sobre la "persona-mente & cuerpo" una visita a la tonalidad de sus civilidades y libertades..

HISTORY:

I have a BA in painting and a BA in Chicano Studies with an art emphasis on Chicano–Latin American studies and Pre-Columbian culture.

I was granted "special elective" credits to travel to Mexico City, Mexico of studying Mexican murals under the direction of David Alfaro Siqueiros. In 2013, I was invited to participate in a public documentation video honoring David Siqueiros on behalf of the City of Los Angele, El Pueblo Historic Monument (mural) called "Tropical America”.

MEMBERSHIPS, HONORS, PRESENTATIONS, AND EXHIBITS:

Artist-In-Residences: UCR/The California Museum of Photography, Digital Lab. Legacy One Project, A youth photo mural exhibit at Zero1 @San Jose Tech Museum, CA., Awarded "Special Honor.”

I have held membership in the following organizations:

The Mechicano Art Center, El Jardin de Flor y Canto, El Concilio de Arte Popular, Centro de Arte Publico (The Public Art Center), Self-Help Graphics of ELA, The Los Angeles Latino Writer's Workshop, and Art Director for Somos Magazine. I was the co-founder/publisher of Chismearte magazine sponsored by The Concilio de Arte Popular (CAP), a California State Coalition of community arts centers.

I received funding grants from the City of Los Angeles, the LA County Arts Department, the California Council for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the NY Literary Counsel for Small Press Publications.

My art is exhibited at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC., “Our America,” The Latino Presence in American Art. I was a contributor/presenter for a 2012 PBS program called “Departures,” a presentation of the art history of Highland Park, Ca., which can be viewed on the PBS website. My art is also exhibited at the Latino Arts Museum, Pomona, Ca., as well as UCLA’s Fowler Museum, Los Angeles, Ca.

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