Join us on Wednesday, October 11, 6:30-8:30pm and learn about visual artist Fernando Penaloza at our LAB program. The fundamental and underlying principle of contemporary art rests on the legacy of the “primitive vision.” For over a century we have seen its integration into mainstream cultural awareness through modern and postmodern art. The primitive vision is the natural potential that we have to perceive and create from our intuitive and instinctual source.

The purpose of the workshop is to democratize art and make it accessible to all who want to have a direct experience in the creative process. The objective is to introduce the participant to the creative process that leads to the primitive vision.  Attendees will have an opportunity to ask Fernando about his creative process and also participate in art-making.

Wednesday, October 11th, 6:30pm

Queens Council on the Arts
3711 35th Ave, Entrance on 37th St
Astoria, NY 11101

Admission: $10

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Fernando Penaloza was born in La Paz, Bolivia and moved to New York City in his early teens. Later he relocated to the South West where he engaged in numerous cultural activities. He co-founded the radio show ‘Raìces’ for the University of New Mexico, introducing to the region Latin American music, literature, and poetry. He also worked as artist and editor for the magazine ‘De Colores’, a journal of emerging Raza philosophies. Fernando and his brothers formed the musical group ‘Chaski’, bringing Andean music to the area. The group traveled throughout the South West befriending numerous Native American pueblos and in occasion played next to Joan Baez and the group War. Fernando was invited by the mayor of Lubbock and the Mexican American community to paint a mural of the history of the conquest. He also participated in the event for the Year of the Child painting another mural in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In addition he painted murals in Tolleson, AZ. He organized art shows, especially one seminal called ‘Arte de las Americas’which included artists from Santa Fe and others from Latin America. Fernando then traveled back to La Paz and put a one-man art show sponsored by the French Alliance, thus opening venues amongst the cultures of the South West and Latin America. Back in New York, Fernando has participated in The Bronx Latin American Biennale, which addressed contemporary issues within the context of politics, environmental issues in relation to global integration and the new vision of Latin American Art. He was part of a Collective exhibition at Casa Puebla Organization in conjunction with members of the New York City Hispanic Heritage, Columbus parade. Fernando Penaloza resides in New York City.