Gilberto Tarín – Dancing with Shadows

Centro Cultural Aztlan is proud to showcase the unique works of Gilberto Tarin in the exhibit Dancing with Shadows. This exhibit showcases paintings and mixed media works portraying Tarin’s reactions to the Vietnam War. His darkly surrealistic, expressionist works portray torturous inner conflicts and emotional struggles.

Tarin, who almost became a Catholic priest, incorporates images of angels unable to rescue man from his suffering and other religious images such as baptismal fonts with maimed figures to show the inhumanity of man to man but also hinting at the possibility of transcendence. His subjects’ haunted faces speak of disillusionment but also of hope and abiding spirituality. Tarin is deeply concerned about issues of good and evil and man’s relationship to other human beings and the divine.

An accomplished painter with an education from the Universidad de las Americas in Mexico City, Mr. Tarin has exhibited his art both in the United States and Mexico. He won first place in the 1977 San Antonio Art League with the piece “Los Angelitos”, receiving both praise and harsh criticism. His paintings are in the personal collections of renowned figures such as Presidents Jimmy Carter and Luis Echeverría. Tarin’s work shows similarities to the Mexican artists, Jose Luis Cuevas and Lucas Johnson, his contemporaries in Mexico City.

Centro Cultural Aztlan invites the public to the opening reception Friday, August 12th from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. The exhibit continues in Galería Expresión through September 9th, 2016. Viewing hours are Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m

First Decade at Deco, celebrating El Gran Dia de los Artistas


Centro Cultural Aztlan is celebrating the 10th year in the Deco District with a commemorative festival that celebrates all genres in the art field!

Come join us as we celebrate El Gran Dia de los Artistas with a line-up of music, dance, art, poetry and many more activities and surprises that your family will love!


San Antonio Potter’s Guild 23rd Annual Juried Ceramic Exhibition

2016 Postcard Front.cdrCentro Cultural Aztlan is delighted to host for the 3rd year, the San Antonio Potter’s Guild annual juried exhibition.  Over 25 Texas artist’s work will be on display and for sale.  It will be juried by renowned Ceramist Dan Hammett.  The opening reception is June 3rd and will be on display until June 30th.

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Annual Superhero Exhibit and Contest

2015superhero finalposterOur annual Superhero Exhibition is designed for students from kinder to 12th grade to create artwork that is based on Real-Life Heroes, Comic Book Art, Anime, Mythological Figures, or a positive role model they know and admire. The project also introduces students to a broad range of artistic techniques encouraging them to explore their own creative skills and ideas.  Student artwork is displayed in the center’s gallery exposing them to their first exhibition space and enabling parents to get involved in their child’s education.   Prizes are presented to  the 1st and second winners of each grade during an award reception on May 7th from 12-3PM.

Indigenous Jaguar Spirits from the Yucatan

Centro Cultural Aztlan presents:

Indigenous Jaguar Spirits from the Yucatan

New Paintings by Andy Villarreal

Opening Reception:  Friday April 8, 2016

Andy A. Villarreal.smIndigenous Jaguar Spirits from the Yucatan is the latest exhibition of paintings by Andy A. Villarreal that opens on Friday, April 8, 2016 at 6:00 pm at Centro Cultural Aztlan with a reception for the artist. His collection of new works depicts his laborious history as a painter and continues to evolve through a lifetime of experiences that combines Indigenous cultures of varying times and places. Andy creates an energetic visual dialog that transforms the viewer into another realm; one that includes history, mythology of signs and symbols from ancient cultures. “My work crosses cultures, portrays the human condition, the struggles, the harmony, the social injustice, and the celebration of life”. Viewers are invited to share in his cultural experiences and draw their own interpretations.

The exhibit is free and open to the public, and will be on view through the end of April.

Vuelo de Mariposas Spring Market

As part of the annual On/Off Fredricksburg Road Studio Tour, February 20-21, 2016 Centro Cultural Aztlan will present Vuelo de Mariposas Spring Market, an indoor/outdoor artisan market of fine-crafts, paintings, and wearable art by some of San Antonio’s most noted artist, including  live painting and body art demonstration  by Death from a Brush.

Segundo de Febrero Exhibit

Centro Cultural Aztlan has produced and presented the annual Segundo de Febrero exhibit in an effort to preserve Mexican American history and culture. This exhibit commemorates the 168th anniversary of the treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, the ending of the U.S. Mexican war, and the redistribution of a border creating a new bicultural citizenry with a new consciousness of Mexican American dual identity, history and traditions.

Lead Artist and Ramon Vasquez y Sanchez, along with local and regional artists and poets honor the diverse contributions of Mexican Americans in the Arts and other fields with a group exhibition.

Participating artists include: Lillie Baltazar, Graciela Barraza-Vega, Maria R. Chavez, Cindy Dire, Jose Esquivel, Sandra Estrada, Rosa Flores Fernandez, Antonio Garcia, Juan J. Garza, Sandra Gonzalez, Clemente Guzman, Jeffrey Hull, Art Koenig, Lupe “Spike” Muñoz, Alexandra Nelipa, Israel Rico, Raul Servín, Victor Tello, Javier Ramon Vasquez, Joe R. Villarreal, Stephanie Zapata and Dolores Zapata Murff.

The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, is on view throughout the month of February and during the scheduled hours of the On & Off Fredericksburg Road Studio Tour on February 20-21, 2016.
Viewing hours are M-F 9AM-5PM.

Opening Reception Tuesday, February 2, 2016