As part of fall 2012’s “National Hispanic Heritage Celebration,” Arts Guild New Jersey will present an inspiring exhibition of contemporary Latino art entitled: WE ARE YOU PROJECT INTERNATIONAL. This insightful, thought-provoking exhibition, developed by We Are You Project, represents the first comprehensive, coast-to-coast, artistic overview of the current state of Latino socio-cultural, political, and economic conditions in the 21st Century. The show sheds light on both alarming and promising conditions that presently surround and confront Ibero-Americans throughout the United States as well as Latin America. This exhibit reveals both prescient Latino concerns as well as achievements, which are reflected in paintings, prints, and mixed-media works by thirty-five prominent, contemporary Hispanic artists, whose extensive transcultural and pan-Latino-heritage(s) can be traced to diverse Latin American nationalities, including Mexico, Puerto-Rico, Cuba, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay, Chile, Brazil, Argentina, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Spain and Portugal. Most importantly, each artist in the exhibit or their families have experienced the perspective of being an immigrant, refugee, a migrant, expatriate, or nomad, who gratefully found a new home in the United States, and where over the course of years, they have attained professional success by expressing in their visual art both their vision and unique personal story.
At the opening reception, Dr. Carlos Hernández, as well as Mr. Mario Tapia, two of the founders and leaders of the "We Are You Project” will speak about the Project’s future and its ground-breaking socio-cultural significance for all Latinos. In addition, Hiram Colon, the composer of the "We Are You" theme-song, will perform in collaboration with singer Sophia Angelica, of the Dora the Explorer television show.
Featured Artists: José Acosta, Efren Alvárez, Nelson Alvárez, Willie Báez, Josephine Barreiro, Hugo X. Bastidas, Monica S. Camin, Priscila De Carvalho, Jacqui Casale, Gerardo Castro, Pablo Caviedes, Carlos Chavez, Williams Coronado, Maritza Dávila, Rosario D'Rivera, Ricardo Fonseca, Fernando Goldoni, Elizabeth Jiménez Montelongo, Roberto Marquez, Raphael Montañez Ortíz, Hugo Morales, Lisette Morel, Patricio Moreno Toro, Gabriel Navar, Julio Nazario, Jimmy Peña, Joe Peña, Duda Penteado, Mel Ramos, Rolando Reyna, Jesus Rivera, José Rodeiro, Marta Sanchez, Sergio Villamizar and Raúl Villarreal.