Quetzal wins Grammy…. I’m honored to hand paint Martha Gonzalez’s dress!


Quetzal… are one of my favorite Artists/ Musicians! I received a message from Martha Gonzalez lead singer requesting I paint on a dress for the Grammy’s. I suggested Rebecca Moreno from Goldsmith Klein . Rebecca is incredible at her designs and a long time friend. There were a few fittings at my studio. I found myself Friday night looking at a dress that was to be worn on Sunday at the Grammys! Think of it as a canvas, I kept thinking!

I painted with thoughts of Martha a Artist I admire more than words can describe.
I consider Quetzal …shaman, healers, and soul shakers.

When I presented Martha the dress at my studio Sat I realized how important this collaboration
was. It brought tears to my eyes when I saw how much she loved it. Martha is also wearing the Jewelry designs of “El Maestro” Sergio Flores.


Art transforms the energy of this earth! Thank you Martha for the opportunity to share in your magic!



Holiday Reindeer at Westfield Century City

Musings on the culture of keeping up appearances
Century City celebrates holidays with colorful reindeer

Reindeer painted by Los Angeles artists will be on display around Westfield Century City and Century Park through the holiday season. (Ingenthron/Chai )

By Susan Denley
November 21, 2012

Colorful handpainted reindeer in a variety of unique patterns deck out Westfield Century City this holiday season, thanks to theReindeer Project. Eleven acrylic deer were painted by artists including Aaron Axelrod (who designed two reindeer), Couto Brothers, Yolanda González, Man One, Greg Miller, Max Neutra, Marilinda Rivera, Analia Saban, Johnny Taylor and Robert Vargas. The 12th deer was painted by Inner-City Arts students.

Four reindeer were sold at an auction last week, and the others may be bid on through Dec. 10 on CharityBuzz.com, with proceeds benefiting Inner-City Arts, a nonprofit arts education organization for disadvantaged youngsters. Bids start at $1,000 and rise in $200 increments.

All of the deer are to remain on display at the mall and nearby Century Park through Jan. 1. The mall is at 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles.





Exhibitions Y Platica

Artists Reception Sunday, September 9th
334 Grand Ave
Brooklyn NY, 11238

LA Plaza de Cultura Y Artes
Art in Progress: An evening with Yolanda Gonzalez
501 North Main Street, Los Angeles Ca 90012
Thursday September 13, 2012
Explore the process behind the art! Join us for a night of art and conversation with artist Yolanda González and a spirited Q & A session led by community activist, Vice President of MALDEF, and collector of Chicano art, David Damien Figueroa.

La Tienda, the cultural store at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, features González’s original, hand painted canvas wallets, hand painted acrylics on silkscreen, and a large selection of greeting cards for sale. Purchase some of these unique items during your visit!

About the artist: Known for her strong, bold brush strokes of color and texture, González’s artwork evokes imagination and emotion. Her work has been exhibited in museums including the UCLA Hammer Museum, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, and the Diego Rivera Museum in México City.


Latina Leaders & Icons: The David Damian Figueroa Collection

 Wednesday, October 3, 2012

4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

CSRC Library – 144 Haines Hall


Latina Leaders & Icons is an exhibition at the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Library that highlights the contributions of women to Chicana/o and Latina/o history, art, and culture. As David Damian Figueroa began to conceptualize this exhibit, it became apparent to him that because many works in his collection reflect the lives and contributions of numerous women in our community, the exhibit could also serve as a tribute to the amazing Latina women who have influenced and inspired his own activist and artistic career. This exhibition draws from Mr. Figueroa’s personal art collection as well as his archival collection housed at the CSRC Library. The exhibition runs September 15, 2012 – October 15, 2012.


193 Haines Hall  Box 951544  Los Angeles, CA 90095-1544
(310) 206-6052   (310) 206-1784 Fax

Self Help Graphics

Silk Screen Monoprint

I was introduced Self Help Graphics by Arturo Urista in the early 80’s.

I had been attending Pasadena Art Center, taking classes from Peter Liaskov one of the teachers I was most inspired by.

The first class I attended at SHG was Yriena Cervantes watercolor class.
I was inspired by her manner and her Art! I learned about a female artist named Frida Kahlo. Life Painting was the next class i took taught by Eloy Torrez, and a Painting Class by Pattsi Valdez. I was so in awe by the Artists I worked with.

I knew when I walked through the doors of SHG my life had changed as it had the first time I walked through the doors at Pasadena Art Center.

Then I was introduced to the Silkscreen process where I worked with Oscar Duardo.
The Master Printer I have worked with for the past 15 years or so is Joe Alpuchi.

"El Maestro"

Last week when I walked in to the new space where SHG has moved to I was so inspired by the possibilities.
To see the Metro Link stop right in front is a sign that SHG has found its new home.

Sunday June 26,2011 I will be creating on the spot Silkscreen Monoprints for Sale! 1pm-4pm

Self Help Graphics & Art’s Annual Print Fair is a highly anticipated one-day only opportunity for collectors and art lovers to acquire new, limited edition, fine art prints created by artists at SHG between 2010-2011, including one of a kind monoprints, etchings, woodblock prints, and linocuts.

Self Help Graphics & Art
1300 East First Street
Boyle Heights, CA 90033
Phone (323) 881-6444

Annual Print Fair

Painting in the Studio Higos Y Mas

Painting in the Studio.. Higos y Mas

Its been long on my mind to get into the studio to create larger work of Art. Yes I am always creating of some sort. Yet my thoughts are on Large Canvases and brushstrokes you can swim in.
Usually working in Acrylic I am now researching adding some Oil paint over the Acrylic. The Acrylic serves as a gesso so to speak so the archival and resist factor is suitable. I have prepared all the Canvases and just received the delivery of a 4ft x6ft Canvas.

Since the Passing of my Father Leopoldo Cardenas Gonzalez in Dec 09, I have only painted smaller scale works & several Ceramics. The “Infanta Series” are in memory of  my Dad. Infanta the youngest of the Royal Court in Spain. He often refered to me as “La Infanta” His youngest.

The Still Life “Fig”  Series is also in his memory. He often frequented a home on Fremont Ave in South Pasadena that sold Figs. Prior to meeting the owners who did in fact sell their figs. He invited Himself into the garden in need of a Taste of their figs.LOL only to hear the story of a large Dog appear after him..
He running faster than we had seen him run in years.. Smiling at the fact he had indeed escaped with a taste!

If you pass that home on Fremont Ave in South Pasadena, CA.,stop in. The folks there are quite nice.
The Figs needless to say as sweet as can be! I like mine with a cold glass of Milk.. “Lactaid of course”

My Dads photo hangs in my studio to remind me his is always looking after his Maja Infanta…

(Higo /Fig , Spanish
(Maja or Guapa / Charming or Beauty, Spanish)