June 9 - 30, 2006
Los Angeles, CA

Antebellum Gallery

Miguel & Rick's !Quinceanera!
A celebration of the Latin Male

Miguel Angel Reyes, Hector Silva, and more.

Hector Silva
Just Leaving You a Message

Miguel Angel Reyes
Ramon's Piece

Opening reception Friday, June 9, 7 - 10 PM
Featuring live performances & dancers!
$5.00 cover.

Miguel's drawing classes Thursdays, June 15 & 22, 7 PM
With live models!
$25.00 cover. Reservations required.

Closing reception Friday, June 30, 7 - 10 PM
Featuring artist Hector Silva
With a live performance by Deadlee & head shaving!
$5.00 cover.

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!

Artist Biographies

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, Jalisco,
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 PHD.

For more information please contact Rick Castro.

Antebellum Gallery
Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Saturday, Noon - 6:00 PM -- or by appointment.
1643 N. Las Palmas Ave., Hollywood CA, 90028  Map 

Rick Castro
Website  323.856.5818  E-mail

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