Myths and Monsters of Latino América.
A Galería de la Rosa Exhibit
by Eric Villarreal
The public is invited to an opening reception for the artist on Friday May 8th from 6 to 9 pm. At 7:00 pm, a special Sneak Peek Performance of Artes de la Rosa’s forthcoming Man of La Mancha will be followed by a brief artist’s presentation by Eric Villarreal followed by a special Q&A period.Artes de la Rosa’s Gallery (Galería de la Rosa) is pleased to present Oscuro: Myths and Monsters of Latino América. After 2012’s exciting and gorgeous exhibit, Cuentos de la Ciudad, Eric Villarreal has returned to the Artes de la Rosa Gallery for a new exhibit titled Oscuro: Myths and Monsters of Latino América.
“In my current exhibit I am focusing on the myths and monsters of Latino américa. Latino parents have used these monsters as warnings to their children to stay in bed at night or to encourage good behavior. They range from local legends such as “La Lechuza” and “La Llorona” to distant South American monsters like “El Codejo”. Through my artistic interpretations, I hope to evoke old thoughts and feelings of things that go bump in the night and to continue the oral traditions that have been passed down generation after generation.” – Eric Villarreal
The public is invited to an opening reception for the artist on Friday May 8th from 6 to 9 pm. At 7:00 pm, a special Sneak Peek Performance of Artes de la Rosa’s forthcoming Man of La Mancha will be followed by a brief artist’s presentation by Eric Villarreal followed by a special Q&A period. Find out more about this free event by calling the Rose Marine Theater at 817-624-8333. Artes de la Rosa’s Art Gallery is located at 1442 North Main Street, Fort Worth Texas 76164.
ABOUT ERIC VILLARREAL:
Eric Villarreal was born in 1975, in Roswell, NM. He recalls that he has always had an interest in art: “I can remember sitting at the kitchen counter drawing and tracing images from children’s books with my older brother, while our mom would fix us dinner.” When Eric was five years old, his family moved to Abilene, Texas where he attended grammar school and college. He credits his high school teacher with directing him into pursuing art as a career: “I had no idea what I wanted to do after high school. Mrs. Presswood helped me to organize my portfolio and I received some scholarships to attend McMurry University.” At McMurry, Eric received classical training in drawing and painting. While there, he also won numerous awards and recognition as an artist. He says that the late J. Robert Miller and Kathie Walker-Millar both influenced the way he approaches the canvas: “The creative and technical instruction I received now helps me to express more clearly what I want to communicate.” In 2001, Eric underwent surgery to remove a rare type of cancer. He says that this ordeal has shaped his overall outlook on life and his art. Eric says that he feels a certain urgency, not only for his art, but to live life to the fullest. Eric recognizes that his faith in God and family support has brought him through this trial in his life. Mr. Villarreal currently works out of his studio in Abilene with plans to move to DFW, Texas. He lives with his wife of nine years, Keilah, and their three children: Judah, Belen, and Diego. Eric has entered numerous shows and exhibitions and is currently pursuing art as a full-time career.
ABOUT GALERIA DE LA ROSA:
Since 2005, Galería de la Rosa has presented new works by established and emerging artists. It has earned a reputation as an important venue for contemporary art, with a particular focus on Latino artists.
Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 12 am to 6 pm. Weekend hours vary so please call. Galería de la Rosa is located at 1442 N. Main St. in Fort Worth, TX. Additional Images are available upon request. Press Contact: Adam Adolfo, Artistic Director atAdam.Adolfo@ArtesDeLaRosa.org.
ABOUT ARTES DE LA ROSA
Artes de la Rosa is dedicated to preserving, promoting, and interpreting the art, lives, and history of Latin culture for all. Located in the historic Rose Marine Theatre, 1440 North Main Street, Fort Worth Texas 76164