Self Help Graphics

Silk Screen Monoprint

I was introduced Self Help Graphics by Arturo Urista in the early 80’s.

I had been attending Pasadena Art Center, taking classes from Peter Liaskov one of the teachers I was most inspired by.

The first class I attended at SHG was Yriena Cervantes watercolor class.
I was inspired by her manner and her Art! I learned about a female artist named Frida Kahlo. Life Painting was the next class i took taught by Eloy Torrez, and a Painting Class by Pattsi Valdez. I was so in awe by the Artists I worked with.

I knew when I walked through the doors of SHG my life had changed as it had the first time I walked through the doors at Pasadena Art Center.

Then I was introduced to the Silkscreen process where I worked with Oscar Duardo.
The Master Printer I have worked with for the past 15 years or so is Joe Alpuchi.

"El Maestro"

Last week when I walked in to the new space where SHG has moved to I was so inspired by the possibilities.
To see the Metro Link stop right in front is a sign that SHG has found its new home.

Sunday June 26,2011 I will be creating on the spot Silkscreen Monoprints for Sale! 1pm-4pm

Self Help Graphics & Art’s Annual Print Fair is a highly anticipated one-day only opportunity for collectors and art lovers to acquire new, limited edition, fine art prints created by artists at SHG between 2010-2011, including one of a kind monoprints, etchings, woodblock prints, and linocuts.

Self Help Graphics & Art
1300 East First Street
Boyle Heights, CA 90033
Phone (323) 881-6444

Annual Print Fair

Painting in the Studio Higos Y Mas

Painting in the Studio.. Higos y Mas

Its been long on my mind to get into the studio to create larger work of Art. Yes I am always creating of some sort. Yet my thoughts are on Large Canvases and brushstrokes you can swim in.
Usually working in Acrylic I am now researching adding some Oil paint over the Acrylic. The Acrylic serves as a gesso so to speak so the archival and resist factor is suitable. I have prepared all the Canvases and just received the delivery of a 4ft x6ft Canvas.

Since the Passing of my Father Leopoldo Cardenas Gonzalez in Dec 09, I have only painted smaller scale works & several Ceramics. The “Infanta Series” are in memory of  my Dad. Infanta the youngest of the Royal Court in Spain. He often refered to me as “La Infanta” His youngest.

The Still Life “Fig”  Series is also in his memory. He often frequented a home on Fremont Ave in South Pasadena that sold Figs. Prior to meeting the owners who did in fact sell their figs. He invited Himself into the garden in need of a Taste of their figs.LOL only to hear the story of a large Dog appear after him..
He running faster than we had seen him run in years.. Smiling at the fact he had indeed escaped with a taste!

If you pass that home on Fremont Ave in South Pasadena, CA.,stop in. The folks there are quite nice.
The Figs needless to say as sweet as can be! I like mine with a cold glass of Milk.. “Lactaid of course”

My Dads photo hangs in my studio to remind me his is always looking after his Maja Infanta…

(Higo /Fig , Spanish
(Maja or Guapa / Charming or Beauty, Spanish)