Join the Oak Cliff Cultural Center as we host an Artist Talk between the creative mind behind Un Medley of Memorias, Wendi Ruth Valladares, and Oak Cliff native artist, Carlos Donjuan. Artist Talk will take place on Saturday, October 5th, from 2pm - 4pm. This event and exhibit are free and open to the public.
About the ExhibitThe exhibition Un Medley of Memorias encompasses a collection of 2D prints and installation works focused on the artist’s fascination with the ever evolving Chicano & Spanglish culture in America. Her use of English, Spanish, and Spanglish text, vintage children’s toys, and domestic spaces are used to bring attention on how individuals learn & develop cultural identity. Within her wallpaper patterns she references the Aztec indigenous Mexican culture alongside the present Mestizo Chicano culture. Drawing from her personal life history and experiences, this collection of artwork aims to speak to both the personal and the collective identity, to the English and the Spanish speaker
About the ArtistWendi Ruth Valladares is an artist from the Lone Star State of Texas. She earned a Master of Fine Arts in Print Media from Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas and a Bachelor of Arts in Printmaking from the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas. She has shown her work in various solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and in Canada. Presently, Wendi Ruth resides close to her family in Dallas, Texas and she is an Adjunct Professor of Art at Cedar Valley College in Lancaster, Texas. Valladares’ art practice aims to recall, question, and redefine how dual cultural identity can reveal individual and social similarities and differences, that enhance our understanding of ourselves and others.
About the ModeratorCarlos Donjuan received his Masters of Fine Art in Painting from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2009. Since then, Donjuan has been represented by Kirk Hopper Fine Art Gallery in Dallas, TX and has artwork in various private art collection. Such collectors as Cheech Marin and Antonio Colombo.
Donjuan is also a member of the Sour Grapes Art Collective, which include his two younger brothers and childhood friends. Together, Sour Grapes have painted murals, hosted workshops and mentored at risk youths.