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MexiCANT by Sam Cotugno

Celebration of Latinx Artists

Highlighting artists from the community surrounding the College of Lake County, this exhibit celebrates the diverse, creative voices in Latinx culture.

Baby Shoes by Ivan Almazo
  • Ivan Almazo
  • Baby Shoes
  • Oil on canvas
  • 18 x 25 x .5 in

Ivan depicts specific moments with his colorful oil paintings. Baby Shoes is a rendering of his mother’s necklace that keeps thoughts of her children near her heart.

Secret Garden by Chavira
  • Javier Chavira
  • Secret Garden
  • Oil
  • 24 x 30 in

Exhibited at CLC: Javier Chavira and Sergio Gomez: Figurative Works, 2010. Javier’s painting honors the Yanomami people of the Amazon who struggle to preserve their once secret garden against the infringement of our modern world.

This piece is part of the CLC Permanent Collection.

Pleated Wing by Fico
  • Rosario Fico
  • Pleated Wing
  • Ceramics
  • 32.5 x 13 x 6 in

Exhibited at CLC: Recent Works, 2004. This piece with its pleated design and curved edge is Fico’s attempt to capture the wing shape and the fantasy of flight.

Gift of Marjorie Martin

This piece is part of the CLC Permanent Collection.

Number 5 by Lama
  • Omar Lama
  • Number 5
  • Ink on illustration board
  • 11.25 x 8.25 in

A Chicago native, Omar Lama was an early and active member of the artist collective AfriCOBRA, which was created to provide a shared visual language for positive revolutionary ideas. Lama developed his direct, graphic art with compositions of line and geometric abstraction through this aesthetic. Gift of Abe Goldsmith.

This piece is part of the CLC Permanent Collection.

Free Falling by Rahal
  • Kim Rahal
  • Free Falling
  • Oil
  • 40 x 30 in

Kim Rahal is attracted to color, contrast, and light. She prefers working with oil paint because she enjoys the ability to create texture and its deep vibrant colors. In this painting Kim portrays her thoughts about our lives, currently. She feels like we are all free falling!

Market Streets in Yucatan, Mexico by Lia Schulze
  • Lia Schulze
  • Market Streets in Yucatan, Mexico
  • Acrylic
  • 27 x 23 in

Lia Schulze is delighted to educate the public through her art. Her unique painting style is a tribute to Mexican culture in the United States. This piece embodies the rich history of the Yucatan.

Harajuku Mask by Jesus Ambrocio
  • Jesus Ambrocio
  • Harajuku Mask
  • Photograph
  • 8 x 10 in

In Jesus Ambrocio’s works of art, he explores how people and scenes are used to express the variety of culture and similarity in one's environment. His current body of work is divided between street and landscapes.

MexiCANT by Sam Cotugno
  • Sam Cotugno
  • MexiCAN’T
  • Watercolor
  • 8.5 x 12.375 in

Being of both Mexican and Italian descent, Sam Cotugno has struggled with her ethnic identity. This piece represents the balance of her heritage with her identity as an American.

Enredame by Garcia
  • Nazareth Garcia
  • Enrédame
  • Oil on wood panel
  • 14 x 10 in

The exploitation of the Hispanic working class is something that has been a huge part of the structure of the United States and a concern of artist, Nazareth Garcia. Garcia’s work celebrates the hard-working, unjustly treated, laborers from abroad who also might reside in this country. Nazareth feels that ultimately, there is no U.S. without us.

Disgusted by Lopez
  • Perla Lopez
  • Disgusted
  • Charcoal
  • 23.5 x 15 in.

Perla’s piece was exhibited at the CLC Student Art Competition in 2010 and won the Purchase Award. This self-portrait is typical of the work produced for Art 127-Drawing 2. Here, Lopez uses a wide range of value and successfully captures emotion and facial expression.

This piece is part of the CLC Permanent Collection.

Battle in the Main Hall by Rocha
  • Gilbert Rocha
  • Battle in the Main Hall
  • Colored pencil
  • 24 x 34.5 in

This piece depicts the familiar Main Hall of the Field Museum of Natural History. Gilbert feels that the most satisfying aspect of his art is the time spent developing ideas, working out compositions and the act of drawing itself. For him these hours are serene, “a time when I am in total control of my abilities these drawings are, for me, a documentation of those moments.”

This piece is part of the CLC Permanent Collection.

Akopan by Sierra
  • Jose Sierra
  • Akopan
  • Stoneware
  • 9.5 x 7.25 x 7.25 in

Exhibited at CLC: Thrown Altered: Vessels Out of Round, 2011. José Sierra describes his work as "the simplicity of the cylinder, as well as the infinite possibility of forms… the balance between sculpture and utility, expanded towards organic geometry, exploring a fluid approximation of nature's impact - not to reproduce it, but to analyze how it evolves in my person. The process, vocabulary, or gesture with the clay becomes unconsciously natural." José is inspired by pre-Hispanic art and architecture, and contemporary architecture and design.

This piece is part of the CLC Permanent Collection.


Unity by James Bakula
  • James Bakula
  • Unity
  • Charcoal
  • 17 x 20 in

Bakula’s art conveys the expressive power and majestic beauty of horses. He feels they are extraordinary creatures and important to the history of many cultures including Hispanic.

Time Is'nt Holding Up by Misael Davila
  • Misael Davila
  • Time Isn’t Holding Up
  • Charcoal
  • 39 x 39 in

In this piece Misael captures the anxiety he feels at this stage of life — where every day that passes feels like another day wasted. His drawing shares the uneasiness that, on this day, he could have grown or become successful in some way – but didn't.

Topographic Macaw by Maria Garcia
  • Maria Garcia
  • Topographic Macaw
  • Acrylic on foam core board
  • 30 x 13 x 1 in

Maria’s art is a collection of three-dimensional topographic forms used to depict the vibrant color and feathery texture of the Macaw. The final piece explores positive and negative space and the idea of creating texture and depth from flat shapes and color gradients.

Refreshments by Jesus Ortega
  • Jesus Ortega
  • Refreshments
  • Oil
  • 20 x 16 in

Jesus creates rich-colored still lifes of everyday objects. He feels that a simple still life painting has the potential to teach the viewer about an abundance of not-so-simple ideas.

Scream Unheard by Romero
  • Alejandro Romero
  • Scream Unheard
  • Pen and ink, airbrush
  • 22.5 x 29.5 in

Exhibited at CLC: Nuestras Imágenes: An Exhibition of Works by 20 Hispanic-American Artists, 1987. Alejandro’s emotionally intense works are influenced by European expressionism as well as by Mexican mural style. He employs a variety of themes, music; the pre-Columbian past; the containment of natural human impulses; and the relationship between Mexico and North America. He fuses these ideas into a complex and powerful personal vision.

This piece is part of the CLC Permanent Collection.

Streets of Guanajuato, Mexico by Linda Rodriguez
  • Linda Rodriguez
  • Streets of Guanajuato, Mexico
  • Oil/mixed media
  • 16 x 40 in

Linda Rodriguez approaches the traditional medium of oil painting through a new and fresh eye. She incorporates layers of colored glaze redacted by printmaking methods, applications of glaze and paint with non-traditional tools, and heavy applications of texture to produce images of her memories of Mexico, its stories and people.

Untitled Mural by Castillo
  • Mario Castillo and CLC students
  • Untitled (Group mural project)
  • Acrylic
  • 83 x 60 in

Eight CLC students participated in an independent study course on mural painting fall semester 1994. It was team taught by Reggie Coleman, who supervised the mural design drawings, and Steve Jones, who taught the history of mural painting. Visiting artist, Mario Castillo, supervised the actual painting of the mural in a two-day marathon. The painting depicts the group's vision of life in Lake County. Artists: Mario Castillo, Alene Backis, Robert Cooper, Joanne Heintz, Sharon Drawiec, T.J.Lomas, Margaret Novak, Eric Sauerman, Joyce Sherman.

Mario Castillo came to the United States in 1955 and has been credited with starting the Latino mural movement in the Midwest. Castillo’s work is inspired by Mesoamerican murals from ancient Mexico and uses his heritage as a stimulus to create.

This piece is part of the CLC Permanent Collection.

Through My Eyes by Susana Farias
  • Susana Farias
  • Through My Eyes
  • Oil
  • 10 x 8 in

Susana’s goal is to create a space of inclusivity and acceptance within the art world. She urges artists to be proud of who they are regardless of others’ opinions, to share their culture, and to be unapologetically authentic.

Oribe Tumbler by Jimenez
  • Sebastian Jimenez
  • Oribe Tumbler
  • Oil
  • 5 x 34 x 34 in

Sebastian’s work is inspired by nature. He fires his pieces in an Anagama wood fire in hopes of discovering the natural beauty of clay. Making, firing, and holding ceramics connects him to nature. This exploration inevitably feeds into his work and life.

This piece is part of the CLC Permanent Collection.

Composition No. 182, 2020 by Raul Ortiz
  • Raul Ortiz
  • Composition No. 182, 2020
  • Acrylic
  • 40 x 30 x 1 in

Ortiz’s current paintings reflect his practice (in printmaking) of layering, obliterating and gradually focusing/refining a final image. Shooting hundreds of isolated compositions on walks around town, these images inform, and often-times unravel the images that spring out of his canvases as he adds to and peels away layers of paint. His work has always reflected a penchant for color and contrast.

Inner Room by Sierra
  • Paul Sierra
  • Inner rooms
  • Oil on canvas
  • 40 x 40 in

Exhibited at CLC: Nuestras Imágenes: An Exhibition of Works by 20 Hispanic-American Artists, in 1987. Sierra, a Cuban-American artist, is based in Chicago. He has become nationally known for his colorful surrealist works with a Latin flavor. This painting is concerned with Cuban “Santería”, an occult blend of native Cuban religion and Catholicism.

This piece is part of the CLC Permanent Collection.