Italian visual artist Luca Mazzara will host a presentation and conversation about image and its reflection in film and photography alongside artist Monica Sarmiento and renowned art collector Jaime Andrade. His work seeks to highlight the myriad of facial expressions and how they communicate feelings, especially through film and photography.

"Expression" will start with a brief introduction in which Mazzara defines his meaning of the word expression to provide context for the works on display. Luca will discuss the importance of gestures, the idea of film reflecting the universal man in a meeting of cultures, and his photo series "Foot on Face." He will engage the audience in a creative experiment that provokes actions and reactions, some of which will be captured on video and projected on-screen juxtaposed to his previously taken photographs.

Mazzara hopes that the examination of cross-cultural art and dialogue with an American audience will have a positive impact his work in Italy. Participants will have the opportunity to ask Mazzara questions about his process and Italian wine and appetizers will be served.

Friday, September 23rd, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Queens Council on the Arts
37-11 35th Ave, Entrance on 37th St
Astoria, NY 11101

Admission: $10
QCA Members: Free


Luca Mazzara is a photographer, movie director, video artist and poet from Rome, Italy. Mazzara’s artistic vision has been largely inspired by Paul Klee’s quote “Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible.” An important component of Mazzara’s art is how people relate to their surrounding environments. After graduating from The Sapienza University of Rome with a degree in Performing Arts, Mazzara obtained an MA in Production and Film Distribution at Morris, Casini, and Partners as well as at Anica.

Mazzara’s debut came in 2012 when his short film “Incanto Vivo” (Live Enchantment) was screened at the Rome Independent Film Festival. He has produced “Too Late” - which won the “Short and Shot Prize” - as well as “Privacy” and “Wake up Alice!” He has also filmed live performances of Echae Kang and Belly Samba. As a photographer, he has shot actor Vittorio Pavoncello during the “Shylock's Violin” performance at the Carlo Bilotti Museum in Rome and photos are now published in the book Shylock and His Merchant” (edited by Aracne). Mazzara co-produces a web series titled The Peacocks in which he has also appeared as an actor. He wrote the screenplay for his first full-length movie, a thriller called Quinto Movimento.

Monica Sarmiento Castillo, born in Loja, Ecuador and currently lives in NYC. She is an internationally exhibited painter and sculptor with more than 25 years of experience. She teaches art, art history and Spanish literature in the United States and Europe; has a PhD in Fine Arts from Complutense University in Madrid; a Master's degrees in Literature and Art from St. Johns University; and is the Director of bi-Coa: Base Iberoamericana/ Community of Two Americas in New York. Bi-Coa promotes Iberoamerican culture and interrelation with other cultures through their project “Connecting Cultures.”

She received an award from the St. Johns University in 2013 for her work promoting Iberoamerican culture in the United States and is Member of Honor in the National Hispanic Honor Society and Sigma Delta Pi, Chapter Epsilon Kappa, New York. In 2012 she was appointed the official artist representing Ecuador in the Bicentennial of the Supreme Court of Spain and also in 2012 was awarded the Royal and Distinguished Spanish Order of Carlos III and a Certificate of Special Recognition as a Member of Merit by the Carlos III Foundation in Madrid, Spain. In 2006 she was the first female artist chosen to represent Latin America in celebrating the 60th Anniversary of UNESCO in Valencia, Spain. She is also a member of the Junior Board of Queens Council of the Arts and a member of the association ALDEEU, Spanish Professionals in America. As an artist her work is inspired by nature and a search for other dimensions using the effects of light, volume, design and characteristics of the media.

Jaime Andrade has more than 50 years of experience in the New York art world and is well known for supporting the careers of three generations of artists, many of whom he has collected. Mr. Andrade works closely with Faustino Quintanilla, Executive Director of Queensboro Community College Art Gallery. In 1963 Jamie began working with renowned painter and gallerist David Herbert  at the Feigen-Herbert Gallery. Jaime would later accompany Herbert when he became a director at Graham Gallery in 1967, and he went on to work for Lawrence Rubin Gallery (from 1967–71). Jaime later joined Knoedler & Company gallery when Lawrence Rubin became its director. In 2004, Kneeler & Company honored Jaime’s long career in the arts with a celebration held in conjunction with the special loan exhibition: Lois Orswell, David Smith, and Friends - Works from the Lois Orswell Collection of Harvard University. Jaime’s mentor, David Herbert had worked for the legendary dealers Betty Parsons (1951–1953) and Sidney Janis (1952–1959); hence Jamie’s connections to both artists and collectors were deep and varied, and included the first generation Abstract Expressionists Franz Kline, Robert Motherwell, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, David Smith, and Clyfford Still.