Los Angeles artists Miguel Angel Reyes & Rick Castro
present Miguel & Rick's "!Quinceanera!"
A mexican tradition, Quiceanera signifies a coming of age,
(15 years) and landmark in a young Latin ladie's life.
Miguel & Rick take this term to commemorate 15 years
of creating sexy, sensual and erotic images depicting male
latino as objects of adornment & lust, therefore becoming
a "Coming Out" into the arts society!
The exhibition will feature drawings from life, paintings,
silkscreens & photography depicting the Latinos, Chicano's,
Guero's, homeboys, vatos, cholos, caballeros and cochinos!
Miguel Angel Reyes was born September 29th,
1964 in Colima, Mexico. He immigrated to the United States
in 1975. Miguel has consistently been a prolific artist since
graduating from Oits Parsons school of design in 1987 with
a BFA in illustration.
Miguel is a Los Angeles based portrait and figurative painter,
muralist, printmaker and illustrator. Miguel incorporates
expressionist brushwork and a saturated palette in celebration
of the classic Latin tradition. Miguel's accomplishments as
a photographer informs the way he creates paintings and prints.
When not working from life, Miguel begins by shooting his
own photographs on the street, clubs, in studio and elsewhere.
Whether working from life or photos, his pieces always create
an intimate connection between subject and viewer.
His art has been exhibited throughout the
U.S including~ Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Alaska.
Miguel has created murals for the Los Angeles MTA, and bus
ad campaigns for LA County Office of AIDS ~ AIDS/Living Responsibly
campaign. Miguel's work is in the collections of LACMA print
collections, Laguna Art Museum, Watts Towers Arts Center,
University of Austin, TX, and Fine Arts gallery Museum, Chicago.
Miguel's clients include: Genre, Flaunt, Guess
Jeans, Forest Witaker, Tom Skerritt, Davis Factor, Luis Barajas
and Jim Turner. Miguel has been the recipient of the 2001
CSW Artists of the Year, 2000 WEHO Awards/Artist, 1998 VIVA
Arts Award and the 1992 Vogue/Sotheby's Cecil Beaton Award.
Miguel's artwork has been published in LA
Times magazine, Blue, Chicano and Latino Artist of Los Angeles,
and Saludos Hispanos magazine.
Hector Silva is a self-taught artist based
in Pomona, CA. He has
been producing work for more than 20 years. Born in Ocotlan,
in Mexico, Hector moved to the US at the age of 17. Hector
discovered his talent for drawing in his late 20's.
Living in Los Angeles with it's rich Chicano culture, Hector
draws from both gay identity, and the Latino tradition. Hector's
art is often juxtaposed with homoeroticism and religious iconography.
Among his influences are pornography, Tom of Finland, Frida
Kahlo, M.C. Escher and Chicano prison art. His subjects are
proud brown men, Latinos who exude an overt sexuality communicated
by their gaze.
As in real life, it is sometimes unclear whether this is
an invitation or a threat. Hector explores themes of cultural
identity, eroticism and beauty. His mastery of light &
shadow on skin is captured on paper with pencil.
Hector was the prime muralist for the landmark
gay disco, Probe. Hector's work has been featured in films,
both mainstream and porn. He has exhibited in Los Angeles
And San Francisco. In 1997, Hector was awarded 1st prize as
emerging erotic artist by the Tom of Finland Foundation. Hector's
receives acclaim in the US and abroad. His work is collected
internationally. Hector's work was published in the 2005 edition
of Triumphs of Our Communities:4 decades of Mexican American
Art, and Queering the Homeboy Aesthetic by Richard T.Rodriguez
For more information please contact Rick Castro.