Centro Cultural Aztlan is pleased to present Stitches; a two-person exhibit showcasing the melting pot of culturas that make up Chicano Arte, featuring Raul Servin and Victor Tello.
Stitches brings together two incredibly talented artists who have been showing in galleries in San Antonio for over four decades. This unique exhibition showcases the melting pot that has created Chicano Art. The title for the exhibit “Stitches” was chosen in honor Victor's mother, who began quilting as a young girl, and as an adult donated her quilts to her church to help her community. Victor incorporates his mother’s quilting in his signature style of quilting the Chicano cultura in paintings portraying Chicano life. For Raul, "Stitches" signifies the melting pot of cultures here in the United States: “We Americans stitch music, art, food, drinks, traditions, and cultures into one national fabric.”
Raul Servin studied at INBA (Instituto Nacional De Bellas Artes) in Acapulco, Mexico and is a founding member of “El Jardin del Arte de Acapulco.” He started showing in 1965, and had his first solo show in 1967 at Galeria Edan in Acapulco. His knowledge in pre-Colombian art permitted him to decorate the stage of the Flying Indians at Hemisphere in San Antonio, Texas in 1968. His art has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the main library in San Antonio in 1980, Gallery 35 in Lytle, Texas in 1998, the Gallista Gallery in San Antonio in 2000 and 2008, Casa de la Cultura in Del Rio, Texas in 2011, Centro Cultural Aztlan in San Antonio in 2012, Guadalupe Museum in San Antonio in 2015 and may others. Servin’s work is in several permanent art collections, including at the University of Texas in San Antonio and Notre Dame University in Indiana.
Victor Tello was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. He joined the Boy’s Club of America and learned to paint on paper plates and later continued painting at home on any paper he could find. After graduating from Lanier High School in 1964 he went to San Antonio College and studied art. His paintings reflect the life of the Mexican folk art of the Mexican American people living on the Westside of San Antonio. His paintings are portrayed as quilts, paying homage to his mother, an avid quilter. His art has been published in the book, “Triumph of our Community: 4 Decades of Mexican American Art”.
Join us at the free opening reception on Thursday, August 8, 2019 6:00-9:00pm for light refreshments and music by Juan & Armando Tejeda
The exhibit is free and open to the public and will be on view Friday September 13 – Friday October 18, 2019 Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm.