Featured artists at Cinco de Mayo Mercado

We’re very happy to share a list of featured artists at this year’s Cinco de Mayo Mercado. Featuring art pieces from Latin American artisans from across the region, this year’s event will feature an art gallery and live art demos throughout the day in the historic Mission District from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on May 3.

Our gallery will feature work from:

Lalo Alcaraz

This award-winning joker has spent two decades chronicling the political ascendancy of Latinos in America and pushing the boundaries of Chicano art. He is the creator of the first nationally-syndicated, politically-themed Latino daily comic strip, “La Cucaracha,” he co-founded the political comedy troupe Chicano Secret Service and he co-hosts the infamous “Pocho Hour of Power” on KPFK in Los Angeles (90.7 FM).

Alcaraz also served as a cultural consultant for Disney-Pixar’s Coco.

Juan Solis

Juan Solis, portrait artist and muralist, began painting at the age of 12. He spent eight years at the Academia de Arte Yepes of East Los Angeles, developing and creating his own distinctive techniques under the guidance of Chicano artist, George Yepes. In 1994 Solis was commissioned to design and paint his first large mural measuring 20’x 20’ at Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights. He has painted three murals at Mariachi Plaza, among them being the mural “La Virgen de Guadalupe”. The wall where his mural exists is now part of the new Juan Solis Art Studio and Galeria Mijares.

Brenda Corazon Marquez

Brenda “Corazón” Marquez was born in Los Angeles, California in the United States of America in 1975. Corazón works predominantly in the medium of painting, using a collage technique with handmade Japanese paper and acrylic on multi-media surfaces. She uses a re-occurring heart motif in her work which is why she is called “Corazón”.

Her work is heavily influenced by her abroad studies, apprenticeship with Santa Barbara collage artist Andrea Beloff, her extensive art history studies and Mexican modern artists such as Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Alfaro Siqueiros, Clemente Orozco and the Mexican print maker/ cartoonist of the late 1800s Jose Guadalupe Posada, originator of the “Calavera Catrina”. She currently resides in Lakewood, California.

Work from Mario Lopez, Manny Cuchilla, Angel Acordagoitia, Emilia Cruz, Irene Carranza, Mario Sibaja, Lilia Ramirez, Estefania Gomez, Ismael Cazarez, Benjamin Botello, and Alfredo Gomez will also be on display.

The event will also feature Brenda Corazon Marquez as the live demo artist. He’ll be stationed in the Padilla Room.

Be sure to follow Cinco de Mayo on Facebook for all the latest developments, and be sure to attend on May 3 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the San Gabriel Mission District.