Disrupting Displacement: Art Vs Gentrification Grant

When I travel people always ask what kind of art scene is in Dallas?  It's hard not to wonder with the news that comes out of our state and my hometown. For the past few years I've been seeking out and working with folks who are being the change and making Dallas a beautiful place. 

Back in March 2018, two community leaders I respect, nationally recognized artist Vicki Meek and literary arts activist Edyka Chilomé, organized Disrupting Displacement: Arts Vs. Gentrification.


They brought together artists from Dallas and key organizations addressing the housing crisis in Dallas, such as CitySquare and The Texas Tenants Union.

Meek and Chilomé invited artist Betty Yu a Chinatown based arts activist who has years of organizing around housing justice to share strategies of compelling community art actions for tenant justice.

Together with Alternate ROOTS, they utilized and crafted a planning grant particularly for artists of color who were born and raised in areas of the city allotted for “revitalization”. 

I am honored to be a part of this planning grant alongside Montoya Williams representing Pleasant Grove. 

>> Read more from Edyka Chilomé on the AlternateRoots website. 

 Art by Nico Avina via Mi Barrio No Se Vende - My Hood Is Not For Sale

Art by Nico Avina via Mi Barrio No Se Vende - My Hood Is Not For Sale

Back in the Estados Unidos

Con un corazón lleno this is a mini update on Arquetopia Foundation and International Artist Residency in Puebla, Mx. The primary focus of the printmaking residency in Mexico was to study colonization through the lenses of race, class, and gender. Puebla was center of what was called New Spain and feels like a time capsule of wealth expressed in fancy ceramic tiles. While researching the Spanish invasion, this path led me to the Mexican Revolution and how artists use the tradition of social-political printmaking as a tool for social change.

The secondary and personal mission was to immerse Mexican culture. I had only been once before for a week with a fellow artist friend. We hit up all the museums and ate all the foods:) 

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The residency introduced me to Fernando (@amorfo888) of many printmaking talents and through him met an autonomous printmaker collective in Puebla making amazing work and challenging dominant narratives in their community.

There was just so much art and life that I am still processing it all.


Transmission Reentry: January 19, 2018 – Saturday, February 17, 2018

Gio put together a fine crew of Latinx artists. 

The SP/N Gallery at The University of Texas at Dallas presents the group exhibition Transmission Reentry which explores the Latinx diaspora in the United States and the disparate influence of American exceptionalism. The artists selected for this exhibit come from different backgrounds and explore different mediums. They examine their own cultural identity and its historical ambiguity. They are local artists who recognize the credence of western ideas but also have the coraje to challenge it. 

This exhibition features artists: Sheryl Anaya, Sara Cardona, Carlos Donjuan, Alejandro Diaz, Angela Faz, Jonathan Molina-Garcia, John Hernandez, Benito Huerta, Daniela Cavazos Madrigal, Lucas Martell, Analise Minjarez, Rachel Muldez, Eduardo Portillo, Lupita Murillo Tinnen, Sarita Westrup, Fabiola Valenzuela. Transmission Reentry is curated by Giovanni Valderas (Dallas).

Friday, January 19, 2018 – Saturday, February 17, 2018, 
Venue: The new SP/N Gallery at Synergy Park North 2 
Admission: Free
Season: 2017-18

Reception: Friday, January 19, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Address: SP/N Gallery, 3020 Stewart Dr., Richardson, TX 75080

Curator Biography: A native of Dallas, Giovanni Valderas is the Assistant Gallery Director at Kirk Hopper Fine Art. He served as an appointee of Dallas City Council as Vice Chair of the Cultural Affairs Commission, under Mayor Mike Rawlings.  Valderas, an MFA graduate from The University of North Texas, has taught at UNT, Mountain View and Richland College, and most recently was reappointed to the City of Dallas Cultural Affairs Commission to serve under Councilman Omar Narvaez. His work has been featured in the 2013 Texas BiennialNew American Paintings Magazine, and Impossible Geometries: Curated works by Lauren Haynes at Field Projects in New York City. In addition, Valderas recently received a micro-grant from the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas for his guerrilla site-specific project.

Press: https://www.dmagazine.com/arts-entertainment/2018/01/transmission-reentry-reveals-the-material-of-soft-power/

Mask Off

Mask Off: Curated by Darryl Ratcliff 


Cactus protection mask 

Project: Crossroads

 Project: Crossroads installation at 1730 S. Akard St.   August - December 2016   Reception  August 27, 2016 6 - 10 pm  Hosted by Shotgun Collective  1717 Gould St. Dallas, Texas 

Project: Crossroads
installation at 1730 S. Akard St.  
August - December 2016

August 27, 2016 6 - 10 pm
Hosted by Shotgun Collective
1717 Gould St. Dallas, Texas 

I was commissioned by Kat Cole to create an interesting background to showcase her sculpture. The area space for the wall is about 20 x 16 feet. Her art is 11 x4 feet.  My concept was to make a covering to help set the stage for her upcoming site specific installation.  A few pics below show the graffiti and my proposal. 

The wall on Beaumont and Akard has layers of paint and a history.   Daniel Yanez had a lovely mural on this building until a ruffian tagged it.   I didn't want to erase the mural entirely but wanted to work in the new covering.  

Wheat paste paper maps and incorporate paper to work with original mural below. 

The Proposal: 

Install of Project: Crossroads happens on August 27th.  

Texas Organizing Project : Poster Design

Project: Create a poster with the theme "From Broken Hearts to Mended Hearts".

I was commissioned by Trans.lation: Vickery Meadow to create a poster for their "make-in" art event at UT Dallas. The poster below was live screen printed for use in the direct action.

Dallas Morning News: Texas activists rally for social justice, healing at Dallas City Hall
by Caleb Downs
Mothers Against Police Brutality and the Texas Organizing Project held a rally Monday morning at Dallas City Hall to advocate for immigration and law enforcement reform.


CW 33: Activists Rally Against Police, Immigration “Injustices” at Dallas City Hall
by Chris Skupien
Folks from the Texas Organizing Project and Mothers Against Police Brutality took to Dallas City Hall Monday, rallying for police accountability and immigration reform.

13th Annual Hecho en Dallas

I have a little drawing in this. Come out and check out the other work. There's some pretty awesome stuff to be seen.

Latino Cultural Center
May 13 – July 2, 2016

Opening Reception:
Friday, May 13, 2016, 6 to 8 pm

Latino Cultural Center
2600 Live Oak St
Dallas TX 75204

Saddle up to New England: MGNE Juried Exhibition

Angela Faz, Two-Spirit, 11" x 17" monoprint, 2015

This Two-Spirit monoprint and collagraph was accepted into the 4th National MGNE Juried Exhibition and will be traveling to Attleboro, Massachusetts.  

APRIL 6-MAY 7, 2016
4th National Monotype / Monoprint Juried Exhibition

Attleboro Arts Museum | 86 Park Street | Attleboro, MA

Juried by Andrew Stevens, Curator of Prints Chazen Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin, Madison
website info: http://mgne.org/4thnationalartists/

 My piece is in good company.  

My piece is in good company.  

A very special thank you to Elizabeth and Cherí for allowing this piece to travel.  



For the Love of Kettle

Saturday, February 6th at 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. 

2650 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226

Come see fabulous art. One-night-only. For the Love of Kettle. Over one hundred and fifty, 9 x 12 works will be available for just $50.00 each, created by artists that exhibit & support Kettle. There are no previews or pre-sales available, so please get to Kettle early and grab a place in line, as the doors open at 7:00 p.m. sharp.

Feast your ojos on this hot pink metallic glittery beast that I created especially for this event.  

 Mixed media: Lino cut and metallic spray paint. 

Mixed media: Lino cut and metallic spray paint. 




Savage Impressions

Art for the people!  Alley or gallery I am SO there.  Matt Bagley of Iron Frog Press invited me to showcase my wares at Mighty Fine Arts.  

Featured printmakers: Matt Bagley-Iron Frog Press, Terri Thoman, Andy Don Emmons, Carlos Hernandez-Burning Bones Press, Adam Palmer, The Amazing Hancock Brothers and many more. 

Happy art collectors. 

Aves and the World - Artist Tour

Aves and the World is a documentary and unique exhibition about climate change with a focus on our feathered friends.  As an artist, the task was to venture into the great Trinity forest and create art from our experience.  There were close to about 200 artists from neighboring Dallas urban jungle.  I arrived late and happened to a stream of beautiful weirdos heading into the forest.  Dallas is not known for her flora and fauna, so it was a beautiful site to behold.  

Despite the hot A.F. temperatures, it was good to get outside.  While traipsing the forest, I ran into Booker T. alumni  Patricia Rodriguez and Joey Chabolla.  

2016 Spring exhibition date to follow.  Below are a few pictures of the afternoon. 

The Peace Puzzle

The Peace Puzzle was a great exercise as I examined my life to question what peace meant to me.  I discovered my version of peace was an action. Peace to me is working in the garden, sowing a seed with patience and a pledge to give it the best possible start.  The image I created for the Peace Puzzle is a representation of sowing a seed with an intention that can connect to many meanings. Using ancestral geometric imagery, I illustrated the strength one mighty seed possesses.  The seed with nourishment can reproduce for many generations and this what I strove to convey in this block.  Lastly, as an unknown author once said, “Gardening is cheaper than therapy, and you get tomatoes!” So there is that.  

The Peace Puzzle website: http://1000woodcuts.blogspot.com/