dyazpora:

Artist Spotlight: John Aguilar Marrero Jr.

In my search for Taino art one name I kept encountering was John Aguilar Marrero Jr.  Marrero has a distinct style that highlights magical surrealism and the indigenous people of the Caribbean.  His bright colors and deep, strong tones strike a chord that showcases the strength and beauty of the Tainos.

 "A lot of my work represents the spiritual side of the Taino and African people. Stories told and some untold. I continually try to come from a fresh and simpler point of view. I always try and add hidden objects within the painting to give people more to talk with their guests.." - Aguilar

Aguilar’s Biography via DeviantArt: “Aguilar is a 63 year young painter and sculptor of mixed indigenous heritage-Taino/Cherokee. He has traveled around the world learning, mentoring and displaying his collection. His paintings now hang in the homes of many prominent clients. Aguilar has worked in various mediums from comic books to murals, awards, caricatures, and sculptures, book covers, tv, movies, and production sketches. But his love and spirit are always with his culture. 

In addition to his focus on indigenous Taino culture Aguilar has recently begun producing the “The Orisha Series” to honor the African culture that was brought to the Caribbean islands along with the Spanish culture. Over time these two cultures inter-mingled with the Taino culture producing new cultural expressions, which in turn gave birth to many contemporary and popular cultural forms found throughout the Caribbean. Aguilar also loves the oral traditions, myths and legends of other cultures because of the magic and spirit within them.”

learn more and purchas items at

http://aguilarwhytwolf.deviantart.com/

http://www.art.com/gallery/id—a81546/john-aguilar-marrero-jr-posters.htm

http://www.artistrising.com/shop/artist/32936/aguilar-or-aguilarwhytwolf.htm

(via quisqueyameetsborinken)

diasporadash:

"Bullerengue is a musical style and dance from the Caribbean Region of Colombia and the Darién Province in Panama. It is a cumbia-based style traditionally sung exclusively by women.

Some famous bullerengue singers are Irene Martinez, Antún Castro, Estefanía Caycedo, Alé Kumá, Benigna Solís, Martina camargo and Etelvina Maldonado.

In recent decades, Petrona Martínez and Totó la Momposina have increased Bullerengue’s international popularity and success, having been nominees for the Latin Grammy Award for Best Folk Album.”

(Source: diasporadash, via poc-creators)

vopvi:

Alejandro Santiago , pintor oaxaqueño de renombre mundial , n. 1965, f. 2013

vopvi:

Alejandro Santiago , pintor oaxaqueño de renombre mundial , n. 1965, f. 2013

vopvi:

Alejandro Santiago nació en 1964 en Teococuilco de Marcos Pérez, Oaxaca, un pequeño pueblo en la sierra norte zapoteca. Alejandro se fue de su pueblo natal a los nueve años, cuando su familia se mudó a la Ciudad en busca de mejores oportunidades educativas.
Después de estudiar arte en el estado, su buen trabajo lo condujo a ejercerla como profesión en los Estados Unidos y a Europa durante diez años. Sus obras han estado en exhibiciones por varias ciudades, incluyendo, Paris, Bruselas, y San Francisco.
Alejandro Santiago fue una persona que ha viajado entre muchos mundos, como buen embajador entre la intersección del norte y el sur, el pasado y el presente.
Falleció a los 49 por infarto cardíaco en 2013.

revolutionaryperformance:

Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons

Not Just Another Day, 1999. Version #2, silent video projection, La Habana, Cuba.

[PATRIA ES UNA TRAMPA! (Mother country [patriotism] is a trap!) is carved across Maria Magdalena’s painted chest in the video Not Just Another Day, 1999, as she pulls a white organza ribbon inscribed with the words identity and incident, in English, from her mouth.[x]]

Images: [x] [x] 

revolutionaryperformance:

Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons

Guardarraya, 2010. Installation, Panela sugar bricks, white sugar, two-channel video projection, Pittsburgh, USA.

(Source: queloides-exhibit.com)

antanlontan:

Frank Walter, Landscape, Antigua, 1975

antanlontan:

Frank Walter, Landscape, Antigua, 1975

antanlontan:

Frank Walter, Tree with Grey Leaves and Stormy Sky

antanlontan:

Frank Walter, Tree with Grey Leaves and Stormy Sky

dboodoofortune:

My cards are soon on the shelves at Culture Cloz boutique in Pittsburgh. I’m excited! :) 

They’re also on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/listing/170037084/wholesale-greeting-cards-art-cards-art?

theculturetrip:

The Best of Contemporary Anguillan Art at Savannah Art Gallery

See what’s new on the Caribbean contemporary art scene with our insight into Savannah gallery in Anguilla and its artists from Jamaica, St Martin and Haiti »