Opening – Anahuak Visions of Culture and Traditions by Hector Villegas

Artist Bio:
Hector Villegas is a first generation Xicano from Barrio Logan in San Diego, California. His mother is from Estancia De Los Lopez, Nayarit, Mexico, and his father is from San Felipe De Hijar, Jalisco, Mexico.

Villegas’ art journey began as an apprentice in 2011 during the restoration of the acclaimed National Historic Landmark, Chicano Park. He worked on six murals alongside artists such as Victor Ochoa, Guillermo Rosette, Salvador Torres, Armando Nuñez, Felipe Adame, and Mario Chacon. From this experience he painted three of his own murals in Chicano Park and had his first gallery solo show in 2014.

Hector has exhibited at multiple local galleries in San Diego and other spaces such as the Gregorio Escalante Gallery from (Los Angeles) in collaboration with La Bodega Gallery in (San Diego), Los Four Meets Los 40 (2017), California Center for the Arts Escondido, Re-membering Our Ancestors: Discovering Ourselves (2015), Center for Visual Art Metropolitan State University of Denver, In lak’ech, San Diego to Denver: You Are My Other Self (2014).

Currently, Hector is a fine artist, muralist, and middle school art teacher at King-Chavez Preparatory Academy. He is also an active member of the Chicano Park Steering Committee, Barrio Logan Planning Group, Barrio Logan Association, and the forthcoming, Chicano Park Museum and Cultural Center. Hector is blessed as the father of two beautiful girls, Cuicani Quetzal and Yollotli Huitzilac, who inspire him daily.

Artist Statement:
I am very excited and fortunate to have this opportunity to share my work with everyone visiting El Comalito Collective for my second solo show. I put a lot love, energy and passion into my art. I hope it is impactful for everyone and opens up corners of your minds, hearts, and ancestral memories.

I will always have great reverence for those who came before me. I am proud of my culture and the colorful splendor of our traditions. Anahuak Visions of Culture and Tradition is a representation of my past, present and future as a Native to this land. These images allow me to share and maintain the connection to my true and rooted identity; not forced labels, which create confusion and division of our people. For over 500 hundred years, invaders have tried to erase us from our own land and brainwash survivors up until this day. The art, teachings, language, foods, temples, ceremonies are still alive and so are we!

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Date(s) - Fri, Aug 11, 2017
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

El Comalito Collective
302 Georgia Street, Vallejo

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