Immigrant Me is in its second phase, which is a documentary photography. Phase 1 was an exhibit of drawings and stories. It culminated as an exhibit at the Fresno Art Museum, January to June, 2018. I greatly appreciate the vision and support by the museum’s director and curator, Michele Ellis Pracy. The exhibit showed beautifully. I was excited that 500 people attended opening night.
Twenty-five portraits and stories were featured and I was asked to do an artist talk. It went so well that the museum requested a second presentation. I decided to do a panel discussion, instead of repeating my initial talk. The discussion was insightful and heartfelt. I invited Ani (Isreal), Bill (Austria) and Sandra (Mexico).
All portraits were created from live sitting. The sessions took place in my downtown studio. Each portrait took 20 to 70 hours to create. Most were life-size.
Lupe Gómez, posing. He was born in Oaxaca, Mexico. At Madera High, he was a successful wrestler. Lupe went on to graduate from Fresno State and now teaches 5th grade, in the Madera Unified School District.
This is the start of Fabio Pertile’s portrait. The work is life-size but the camera makes it looks smaller, in the image. Fabio immigrated from Honduras and grew up in Louisiana. He’s lived in Fresno for a few years, now.
Thank you, Fresno Art Museum for being the first to exhibit, Immigrant Me.
For details about Phase 2 of Immigrant Me click here.