“The Politics of Womanhood” Art Show opened in Downtown Los Angeles featuring 28 artists’ interpretation of what it means to be a Woman of Color in today’s political climate. As a mixed race and mixed heratige Latina it has been super inspiring to see the creativity coming out of the Latinx community here in L.A. Here are a few of my favorite Latina artists and photographers that I’m addicted to on IG.
1. Paloma Montoya
These are the completed four panels. Each are about 4x 5", acrylic on wood. I called this the "Girls" 👑 series. I plan on framing each one and selling them. Stay tuned if you are interested in purchasing all or one from the four 🖤💛💙💜 #acrylic #acrylicpainting #acryliconwood #illustration #artseries #series #latinaartist #femaleartist #southgate #devil #summertime #bunsout #drama #spacey #space #girl #girls
Paloma is a South East Los Angeles native who work primarily with acrylic and gouache. Her influences are “graffiti, graffiti characters, old cartoons, erotica, lust, love, women, and personal experiences.” Her painting style is unique and easily recognizable, she’s always creating new and interesting images.
2. Veronica Soto Ryan
The first 2 photos show a commission piece I made for someone to give as a wedding present. I was given the concept and made several sketches until they were approved. I take commissions all the time ☺️The 3rd photo is a detail of a large embroidered piece I have up at the overflow in DTLA. Mental health is important- listen to your body and mind, slow down.. and if you need to cry, then do it 💕Hope everyone who reads this has an amazing day! #mariachi #mariachicouple #mariachilove
I never knew textile art was so versatile and allowed for so much creativity! Veronica Soto Ryan lives and works in Long Beach, Calif. She is an artist, is married and is a mother of two girls. But after spending many years in the arts, she is changing her career and going back to school this fall to study mortuary science.
3. Pamela Almeida
Twice a winner!!! . Not only do I get to show two of my power ladies – Keeper of Shadows pictured here at @galchemism's Politics of Womanhood art exhibit, but also I get to go home with this gorgeous silver earrings donated by @mapachejewelry. . #archetypalmusings #artist #art #artwork #artexhibition #woc #politicsofwomanhood #Galchemism #wocart #wocartist #artexhibits #supportart #artistlife #artislife #womanhood #dtla #artsdistrictla #featuredartist #pamelagalmeida #raffle #winner #grateful
Pamela G. Almeida was born and raised in Ecuador and has been an L.A. resident for 22 years. She is a visual artist, dancer, and mother who is in love with the creative process. Her art is a stunning use of religious iconography and design she believes “the process of creating belongs to the realm of sacred practice, and as such, my artwork serves as the vehicle for deep, raw, spiritual explorations.”
4. Cristal Gutierrez
A grainy image, but here is the painting I completed for @galchemism 's art show The Politics of Womanhood. 💖 I'm not much of a painter, but I wanted to challenge myself. Acrylics frustrate me and I want to improve my painting skills. x( — But anyway, about the painting… I wanted to illustrate what it feels like to be a woman of color in today's society and political climate. There is so much that is thrown in our direction from eurocentric beauty standards to misogynistic politicians. And it all feels like they are trying to knock us down and keep our voices silent, but despite all, we persist. We take their "arrows" and crush them. 👊 Also, the monarch butterflies are a representation of our immigrant community. 💛 — 🌸If you want more info or wish to attend @galchemism 's show this upcoming Saturday (July 29th @ 8:00pm in Los Angeles @theoverflowdtla ), you can click on the link in my profile to buy tickets!! 💖 I personally am super excited to see everyone else's work! 🌸 . . . #galchemism #wocart #acrylicpainting #Latinx
Cristal Gutiérrez is from the coastal city of Oxnard located in Ventura County, north of L.A. She is an artist whose aim is to introduce more positive images of women of color into a world heavily saturated with images solely praising white women. Her main artistic interests include: “illustration, film-making, and stop-motion animation; while some of my others interests include uplifting other women, making people smile, and fighting machismo.”
5. Martha Gil
Martha Gil is an Inland Empire based artist the owner and creator of the brand Gilded Nopal. “My brand focus on themes that surround my identity as a Chicana from Southern California.” Hands down, the vag nopal was a crowd favorite opening night. Her illustrations are on point and super cute and she makes them in stickers!
6. Stephanie Godoy
Stephanie Godoy is an artist from Moreno Valley, Calif. She is currently working towards receiving a Bachelor’s in Studio Arts at California State University of Los Angeles and teaches art at a middle school in East L.A. She has exhibited work in galleries and music festivals. Stephanie is inspired to paint individuals who pursue their dreams with grit since in today’s world and to her a life worth living is filled with “music, art, respect and creativity.”
7. Lorena Endara
Panama-born artist Lorena Endara became interested in photography at the age of seventeen and has been practicing ever since. Most recently, Endara has exhibited at GuatePhoto, the Pingyao International Photography Festival, and the Contemporary Art Museum in Rome. Endara is a member of FotoFéminas, a collective of female photographers from Latin America and is currently based out of L.A. where she teaches and creates multimedia art.
8. Amanda Lopez
Amanda Lopez is a portrait and lifestyle photographer based in L.A. In the spring of 2017 she co-curated Adornment, a photography exhibition that focused on the jewelry, accessories and hairstyles of women of color. Her photography is clean and beautiful and I love the way she captures the essence of the women she photographs.
9. Zuly Garcia
@moneyca 🌹💐💕 "I am not blonde, I am not light skinned, I don't have colored eyes, I don't have big breasts, I am not tall with gorgeous legs and my nose is not thin and pointed. But I DO have caramel brown skin that tans beautifully in the summer and I DO have big brown eyes that let me see the world in a completely different way and I DO have long brown hair and a curved nose that remind me of my indigenous roots. So fuck the Barbie ideals, take your European features away from me, I won't be your pretty doll who'll you'll then shape into a housewife. I am brown, I am resilient, I am beautiful. " I love you from one Oaxacan sister to another 💛
Zuly Garcia is an Oaxaqueña from Los Angeles, representing the Crenshaw community. She is a student activist at CSULB and a community director for a non profit named Let’s Give. Her interests are “Sociology, photography, singing, music, writing, and poetry.”