Raul Baltazar

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Artist Statement

As artist, I act as a “medium” between Mesoamerican and Western culture, at once part of both worlds, able to act as mimetic mirror for both. And through my mimetic capabilities (via a trans-disciplinary practice) I channel the revolutionary struggle rooted in Mesoamerican Indigenous cultural resistance to the home base of the Colonial Entertainment Capital of the World, Los Angeles.

As artist, I seek healing in response to the trauma the body endures when experiencing and rationalizing abuse of power and authority by means of sanctioned and unsanctioned reiterations of violence. By participating in LA artist culture rooted in Xicanx culture, I create space for healing, communication and reflection. Ritual interventions, mimicry, storytelling, and trans-disciplinary art forms are ways, I communicate with the public. My intention is to clearly reflect others back to themselves in order to hold space for communication, catharsis, reflection, observation, empathy and healing. Syncretism, hybridity and mimicry are forms in which I mirror the nuanced relationships between power and authority, abuse of power and authority, sanctioned and unsanctioned forms of violence, and linear versus cyclical logic within the framework of the liminal space between Mesoamerican and what Bell Hooks names, Imperialist white-supremacist capitalist patriarchy. I attempt to cross borders in all of their forms for example: class, cultural, institutional, economic borders. I call this Coyote culture. The art market is my next frontier.

Thank you, tremendously for your consideration. Raul Paulino Baltazar

CV

Education
2013   MFA  Otis College of Art and Design   Fine Art/ Public Practice
2009   BFA  Otis College of Art and Design   Sculpture / New Genres

Solo Exhibitions in Non-commercial gallery
2015   Kunstlerische Botanica  Selecto Planta Baja, Los Angeles, CA

Group Exhibitions
2016
A DECOLONIAL ATLAS: VIDEOS FROM THE AMERICAS: 2010- 2015. Office of Cultural Projects, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
2015
DISLODGING TIME Something Else, Off Biennale Cairo, Egypt
SUPER SELECTO  Selecto, Planta Baja, Los Angeles, CA
Collaboration with LA and Vienese artistis with
2013
A MESS AND A PLEASURE, PRACTICING IN PUBLIC For Your Art. Los Angeles, CA MFA Public Practice graduate exhibition
2012
WHAT THE MONKEY DOES NO ONE PAYS ATTENTION TO Tcb Art Inc. Melbourne, Australia
IF YOU CAN’T FAKE IT, THEN MAKE IT JAUS, Santa Monica, CA
2011
SUR BIENNIAL Rio Hondo College, Los Angeles, CA
2010
SIQUEROS Gene Autry Museum, Los Angeles, CA
BETTER TO DIE ON YOUR FEET Self Help Graphics, Los Angeles, CA
CHEWBACCA TO ZAPATA Morono Kiang Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
SAL, TIERRA Y LIBERTAD Galeria Maria Saucedo, Colima, Mexico
A PRAYER FOR JUAREZ Casa 0101 Annex, Los Angeles, CA

Public Art Projects
MURALS *selected
2017
El Maria H, Variety Boys and Girls Club, 12’x 45’ acrylic, Boyle Heights, Los Angeles
2016
INTERIOR GARDEN Turning Point Middle School. 13’x 35’ acrylic on canvas adhered to interior wall
2015
THE POWER IN ‘WE’ TRANSCENDS ALL Theatre of Hearts/ Youth First Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall, LA County Office of Education County of Los Angels Probation Department. 14’x 31’ acrylic on pellon adhered to exterior wall
2014
THE FRUIT OF OUR LABOR interior mural 5ft x 45 ft. Santa Monica Third Street Promenade, LA
2013
LOS COYOTES MURAL PROJECT Cerritos Park
LA County Arts Commission
12’x 24’ acrylic on canvas adhered to exterior wall
2010
CENTRAL AMERICAN IMMIGRANT STORIES Carecen
Mural installation: Eight 4’x 8’ acrylic on canvas panels hung on trees in MacArthur Park, Los Angeles, CA
2009
THE JOHNNIE L. COCHRAN JR. MIDDLE SCHOOL PROJECT
Campus Beautification Project: 7 murals on face of several buildings, library renovation
Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. Middle School, Los Angeles, CA
SCULPTURE  *selected
2009
IT TAKES MORE THAN BALLS performative sculpture, 18th Street Arts        Complex, Virginia Avenue Park Teen Center, CAP Latino Grant, Santa Monica CA
2005
THE RAINBOW BRIDGE permanent sculptures, acrylic and plaster on styro-foam, 8’x4’x4’ Color My World Project, Cultural Affairs Grant, Community Magnet Middle School, Bel Air, CA
2000
THE GIFT OF POWER, Medicine Wheel Project permanent wood and ceramic sculptures, 4’x 4’x 6” Camp Karl Holton Juvenile Detention Center and Phoenix House Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Center, Sylmar CA
PERFORMANCE *selected
2016
ES BLISS performance Fort Bliss El Paso Texas
2014
FRESNO X-MAS PARADE performance X-mas Parade Fresno CA  2013 LAND O’ LAKES intervention, MOCA, LA, CA
2012
OBSIDIAN STONE intervention Baldwin Hills Look Out Culver City CA
2011
BREAD AND CIRCUSES performance Santa Monica Place SM CA 2011 SISYPHUSS performance Pacific Standard Time Trespass Parade
CASINO ROYALE performance PST Trespass Parade LA CA
2012
ES BLISS intervention, Pershing Square Los Angeles CA
2009
CONEJO (RABBIT) vs. THE HARE intervention LA Marathon
MY BODY, MY BLOOD, A WORLD WITHOUT BORDERS performance,        Sal, Tierra y Libertad, Colima, Mexico

Civic Events
2011
FREEWAVES video of intervention, 1:53, displayed on MTA busses    Tochtli7 (the Aztec bunny) in Year of the Wabbit Los Angeles County, CA
2010
THE BUNNY BAR performance Ciclavia Los Angeles CA

Awards
2016- 2017
Armory Teaching Fellowship
2015
California Community Foundation Emerging Artist Fellow
Metro Arts Short List
LA County Arts Commission Pre-Qual List
City of Los Angeles Certificate of Recognition
Councilmember 13th District Mitch O’Farrel
In recognition of tireless dedication to community.
2010
City of Los Angeles Certificate of Recognition
Councilmember 1st District Ed Reyes
In recognition of work as a Lead Artist/ mentor, Central American immigration Stories. In recognition of tireless dedication to community.