Self-Help Graphics Dia de Los Muretos/Teatro Campsinos. Photo by Guillermo Bejarano
Born: William Aurelio Bejarano. San Diego, CA. Guillermo and wife "Pamala" currently live in Todos Santos, Baja Sur, Mexico and USA of Laguna Hills, CA.
My past art interest began with the Mexican American “Chicano Art Movement” connected to muralist artistry of Los Angeles and its human, social and political representation–With the other, the Mexican and Pre-Columbian artistries, I had sought aesthetic processes into abstractionist, expressionists and symbolists ideas. My path toward my recent painting causes the subjectivity of my transcendental idealism or philosophy to the fine arts. For my recent paintings I think in concepts of transformations, transitions and transfigurations toward my visual artistry and compositions. I need to see the transfer…into the universal where man exist in the universal and the individual's quest for art.
In Los Angeles, California I had promoted the Mexican US Latino arts and letters via small-press publications and community arts projects such as "Public Arts Center" with the City of Los Angeles the LA County arts, and the California Council for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. 1970–80’s.
Biographical/history: William A. Bejarano AKA "Guillermo" was a founding member of the Chicano Street Art “Mural” Movement. He was a former member of the Mechicano Art Center, Self-Help Graphics and “El Centro de Arte Publico/Public Art Center”, Los Angeles, CA. part of which Guillermo was the co-founder/publisher of Chismearte magazine sponsored by The Conclio de Arte Popular (CAP), a California State Coalition of community arts centers.
1969-1976: Mr. Bejarano attended California State University, Northridge received a BA degree in painting and BA Mexican American Studies. While attending CSUN 1970-71: he was granted "special elective" credits in traveling to Mexico City. DF. The study of the Mexican murals of David Alfaro Siqueiros and was a member in the El Taller Grafica Popular. In 2013, Guillermo was invited to a public documentation video honoring David Siqueiros on behalf of the City of Los Angele, El Pueblo Historic Monument (mural) called "Tropical America".
My Bejarano artwork can be found at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC. “Our America” “The Latino Presence in American Art” see content/section representing the Mechicano (arts collection), His works was also shown at the University of California, Fowler Museum. He was a contributor/presenter for a 2012 KCET presentation on the arts history of Highland Park, California, called Departures, which was aired on KCET’s website. Guillermo’s art is located at the Latino Arts Museum, Pomona, Ca.
Mr. Bejarano is associated of the Todos Santos Studio Tours, Artists-in-residence at the California Museum of Photography.
A member of the following arts collectives: the Mechicano Art Center, El Jardin de Flor y Canto, El Concilio de Arte Popular, Centro de Arte Publico (The Public Art Center) and Self-Help Graphics.
Co-Founder: "ChismeArte magazine, Somos magazine, The Los Angeles' Latino Writers Workshop and Webmastership: losartes.com and networkaztlan.com