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.
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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