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Through the Eyes of Raul Espinoza at Kawsay Art Show

Photography aficionados surround Espinoza

Photography aficionados surround Espinoza

Award-winning travel photographer Raul Espinoza has accomplished many things in his life that he should be proud. But at his Kawsay art show that featured photos of a five-year travel from many parts of the world including Japan, Thailand, Spain and many more – Espinoza was able to donate 80 percent of his proceeds to a non-profit youth program in Brooklyn.

Espinoza, who was born in Bolivia and raised in New York, named the show Kawsay – a word that means “life” in Quechua, an indigenous language spoken in Espinoza’s native country.

“I don’t want to just have a gallery show of my art,” says Espinoza on the press release that announced his very first art showing. “I want my art to connect viewers to the beauty of the world while making a difference in [people’s] lives.”

“The world is much bigger than what we make of it. Often we are imprisoned by the way we view reality. Through this visual journey, I hope to evoke curiosity and invite people to explore alternative perspectives and global lifestyles.”

Espinoza, who is also a life coach and a role model for all ages, will donate 80 percent of the art show’s proceeds to Coney Island Generation Gap, a non-profit organization in Brooklyn that helps “build… leaders in their community by making a tangible difference through media”.

Motivated youth of the Coney Island Generation Gap

Motivated youth of the Coney Island Generation Gap

“Absolutely,” says Espinoza emphatically when asked if the show was a success. “Absolutely, absolutely, absolutely. All of the prints displayed have been sold and prints are being ordered because of the success of the show,” says Espinoza.

Plus, his gofundme.com/kawsay campaign has already earned more than 40 percent of his $10,000 donation request. Still, people can continue to donate at the website until the goal is fully accomplished.

Kawsay Art Show Raul Espinoza

Photography aficionados of all ages came out to witness the photographic documents that “convey the notion that we are not bounded by our circumstances,” at Drift Studios in Greenwich Village.

Kawsay Raul Espinoza

“I’m not only thrilled that people appreciate my art, which are my photos, but that the images that mean so much to me also are touching people in a meaningful way.”

Check out the photos of Raul Espinoza’s Kawsay Art Show:

Photographer Raul Espinoza of Kasway Art Show

Photographer Raul Espinoza of Kasway Art Show

Checking out the Kawsay photo book

Checking out the Kawsay photo book

Kawsay Raul Espinoza

Kawsay Raul Espinoza

Kawsay Raul Espinoza

Kawsay Art Show Raul Espinoza

Photography aficionados surround Espinoza

Photography aficionados surround Espinoza

Kasway Art Book: "An Exploration of Life" by Raul Espinoza

Kasway Art Book: “An Exploration of Life” by Raul Espinoza

Kawsay Raul Espinoza

Kawsay Raul Espinoza

Artists Celebrate The Last Dragon with Art Show

Photo by Ottoniel Campos

Photo by Ottoniel Campos

The New York native and pop-culture aficionado, Amy Collado, celebrated the 30th anniversary of the popular 80’s flick “The Last Dragon” with amazing art works inspired by the movie.

The art show, “In Search of the Master,” was a tribute to Berry Gordy’s film The Last Dragon, which first debut in 1985 and starred professional karate and kun-fu fighter Taimak Guarriello. The lead actor, Guarriello, whose mother is black and father Italian, was 19-years-old when he was featured in the film.

“The show celebrates one of my favorite movies of all time,” said Collado, who curated the show at Fresthetic (fresh aesthetic) – an urban fashion boutique and art gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. “This was a perfect fusion of celebrating my 30th birthday and the anniversary of this film,” said Collado.

The first piece displayed was by Emilio Ramos, a visual artist that presented a Japanese female with a bandana-like cover over her mouth of a dragon’s eye. The Japanese symbol of a sun was the acrylic painting’s backdrop with red and yellow rays shooting out from the red sun. “I was excited about this event because it combines my love for this movie and my artistic style,” Ramos said.

Most art galleries (if not all) take a huge percentage from the sale of the art during the exhibition. Not Amy! She and Fresthetic are giving all proceeds to the artists that have contributed to the exhibition. “I’m a fan of these artists and I wanted to help fund their creativity,” Collado, also known as “Amz”, said last night at the opening.

The showing will continue in Fresthetic at 552 Grand Street Brooklyn, NY 11211. Artists that contributed to this exhibition were (in no particular order): Candy J, Neriah McBain, Keith A. Stephens, Kas Alexander, Clockwork Cros, Brian Kirhagis, Mauro Balcazar, JE The Vandl, Emilio Ramos and Will Focus.

101 Tragedies of Enrique Metinides: Photo Gallery sponsored by Aperture

101-Tragedies-of-Enrique-MetinidesWalking into a gallery, you are presented with the work of an artist that was not created overnight, but was created over decades that told a story. This was the case for Enrique Metinides, a Mexican photographer, who displayed his photos in an art gallery sponsored by Aperture called “101 Tragedies of Enrique Metinides.

The photos had a unique form of story telling. These photos had images of bus crashes, plane crashes, shootings, stabbings, and murders. Each of them represent what he saw when he was going up in Mexico City. Also, each photo was accompanied by a passage that explained it and while some of them were obvious, the others provided a personal account to what had happened during the time period. Since the pictures began in 1948, the majority of them were black and white, but later on in the 1970’s, the pictures had some color to them. This continued to tell the story of how not only what was happening in Mexico City, but how technology had evolved. The ending photo was an abstract art piece that summed up what had happened in an abstract sort of way: confused and seemed as though the violence would not end.

Also on display, was his book of all the photos titled “101 Tragedies of Enrique Metinides”.

Kat Von D :: Wedding Bells!

Several months after finalizing his divorce to Sandra Bullock, motorcycle crafter, Jessie James has proposed to current flame tattoo artist, Kat Von D. According to James, the wedding is going to be the beginning of the best since he is “so honored that [Kat] said ‘yes,’” and knows that this marriage would be better than the last because he expects “growing old with her is going to be a f—-n’ blast!”  When asked about her up and coming nuptials to James, Von D simply shouted “I’m the happiest girl on the planet!!!”

During an event held in an art gallery in Los Angeles, Von D was spotted wearing a ring on her wedding finger. A ring that was previously sported by Von D on a prior outing, an outing way back in September when she a  James were just beginning their romance shortly after his split from Bullock. Von D was previously married to Oliver Peck, which ended in 2007, and had a brief three year romance with bassist of Motley Crue, Nikki Sixx. This will be James’ fourth marriage. No wedding date has been set yet.

According to a source close to the pair, the tattoo artist and motorcycle builder “don’t see any reason why they should wait to trade vows,”-due to the heartfelt fact that they are-“madly in love with each other and want to make everything official.” The pair have already started planning their wedding which is expected to be small and non-traditional ceremony outside of California. (Source: Radar Online)