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My introdution on the opening night of the Latino Arts Museum:

Good Evening and Welcome to my art show here at the Latino Art Museum. I want to thank Graciela Nardi, the founder and curator of this wonderful Museum who invited me to have this show.

I am very delighted to have my Mom and husband here—Cora and Lee who came from Lake Havasu City for my show.  I thank my wife, Pamela for all her help, and all my family and friends who are here this evening. All of you have made this evening a great success for me.

Besides my love of painting, I also have a fondness of photography and digital art which I have included in my show.

The theme of my show is TRANSFORMATION. This theme means a number of things to me which I could go on and on, but basically TRANSFORMATION means change, movement, and evolution of the world within the splendid universe where everything transforms, transcends, and transport’s motion, invoking energy and beauty.

My work is greatly influenced by my university studies of Latin America, philosophy, and my knowledge concerning pre-columbian artistry. I have also been influenced by 4 artists who have helped me form the foundation of the type of art I create.

Wassily Kandinsky a Russian painter in the early 20th Century believed in the harmony of color, motion, form and shape in space representing spiritual sentiments of life and art. It was his compositions that was especially intriguing.

I was also drawn to the works of Clemente Orozco and David Alfaro Siqueiros, both well known Mexican painters whose paintings represent extreme passion for the underlings of their era. Their use of figurative forms in art was influential in my paintings.

Lastly, Carlos Almaraz for his whimsical, and lyrical subject matter and use of pastel color on paper. Carlos was an exceptional artist and greatly involved in the Chicano Arts Movement with a deep passion for public arts.

Art is universal in that every culture uses some type of medium to convey a message regarding life, the world, and the universe. I believe that my art represents my love of the universe and the world within our universe.

ABOUT THE ARTIST/ARTIST STATEMENT
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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:

I am a gallery, mural, digital, and photographic artist. My gallery paintings are abstract-figurative and greatly influenced by American Post-Expressionism, The Mexican School of Art, and the Latino/Mexican/Chicano Muralist Movement.

I have a deep appreciation of abstract art which explains why my paintings are centered on a theme of ‘Creation and Transformation’ involving the world within the universe in which all things transform, transcend, and transport motion, invoking energy and beauty—a Mayan philosophical concept about one’s own creativity or existence through art.

My objective as an abstract-figurative painter is to move away from the familiar (external reality) by the use of dynamic and vivid allegoric formations emphasizing space, dimensions, textures, lines, and vibrant colors that invoke one’s emotions and feelings of awe concerning the inherent splendor of the universe and our place within this universe.

A Newspaper art critic once wrote that my art is "archetype" (origins in ancient Greek.) The root word archon means "original or old"; and typos means "pattern, model, or type.” Psychologist, Carl Gustav Jung, believed that archetypes (universal, mythic characters) reside within the collective unconscious of people the world over. Archetypes represent fundamental human motifs of our ever changing experiences which evoke deep emotions.” Other critiques have noted that my work is intense and I use great color choices. I love questions about my art and want my audience to appreciate my creations. My medium is acrylic and oil.

I love pictorial geometry which best describes my digital art and its dimensional approach to design using linear lines, points, triangles, squares, and circles. My photography is much different from my paintings as I love very natural, real world settings where I am able to visualize my finished product. My settings almost always come to me rather than my searching for them.

BIO:

I was born in December of 1946 in San Diego, Ca., and lived my life in the greater Southern California area. I have loved art from early childhood which seems to run in the maternal side of my family. I have worked in publications, printing productions, website design, and equipment sales, but my most fulfilling work is creating.

I have a Bachelors degree from CSU-Northridge (California) in fine art (painting,) and a second major in Chicano Studies with an emphasis on Chicano/Latin American studies and Pre- Columbian culture.

While attending CSU, I was given an opportunity to study in Mexico City under the direction of David Alfaro Siqueiros. I am truly grateful to Burt Corona (immigration/labor organizer in the 70’s) for giving me a letter of introduction to El Maestro Siqueiros.

I believe that the greatest obstacle and challenge for an artist is subsisting on one’s creations. Very few artists attain financial security. Art is extremely subjective in many aspects and rather exclusive in worthiness or respect, and is often limited in comprehension, exposure, and monetary value.

ACHIEVEMENTS, MEMBERSHIPS:

In 2013, I was one of several presenters in the video presentation on the life of David Alfaro Siquerios. The video presentation can be seen at the El Pueblo Historic Monument in downtown Los Angeles. The Siquerios Legacy was sponsored by the Getty Conservation Institute project on the conservation of the Siqueiros’ mural American Tropical (Los Angeles, Ca.)

In 2012, KCET did a presentation on the history of Highland Park, Ca., called Departures. I was invited to share my involvement with the Public Art Center of Highland Park (late 1970’s to early 1980’s) in a video presentation which can be found on KCET’s website.

I am formerly associated with the Chicano Arts Movement and founding member (1970’s) which includes the involvement of a number of active and inactive collectives in East Los Angeles, Pacoima, and Highland Park, Ca. These include the Mechicano Art Center, El Jardin de Flory Canto, El Concilio de Arte Popular, Centro de Arte Publico (The Public Art Center,) and Chismearte magazine (co-publisher, editor and art director.)

I also 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.

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