We The People

This self-portrait is titled, “Stand in My Place: A Guerrilla Self-Portrait” (24 x 36 in., oil, acrylic and collage on canvas). With the exception of Native Americans, we all have stories of coming to this country. I was thirteen when I immigrated to New York to join my mother, who was recruited during the nursing shortage at height of the AIDS crisis. Separation and uncertainty was…

We The Pets

“The painting is amazing! It is fun and beautiful, and it perfectly captures Bartleby’s personality in a way that is hard to describe. My family and I love it!”—Stephen “I remember when Vina painted this picture of Oliver. Not only did she capture him in his favorite position–lounging–she captured him in his favorite spot at…

Art as Ammunition

Artists are witnesses to living history, but unlike journalists, do not stand at its perimeter. Art is not detached documentation, but rather an engagement, a meditation, a questioning, a response, a provocation, a struggle, a vision. The power of the artist and art is imagining and empowering humanity to create possibilities beyond the prisons of…