Saturday, May 2, 2009

Cristian Muñoz y Ximena Soza

May 16th - June 13th at The Jazz Gallery

Memorias del Olvido
Memories of the Forgotten

(please enjoy the artist bios we have, for the two artists appearing in our next show)

Cristian Muñoz ‘s artistic career started when he was still a teenager. During the years of the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet in his native country Chile, Cristian supported the student movement and the political struggle of that time. His political murals are now a part of several compilations on mural art. As a student Cristian used his art for making videos and documentaries, and has participated successfully in several short film festivals. One of his videos is in the collection of The Historical National Museum in Chile. During his years at Universidad Arcis in Santiago, Cristian was a teaching assistant in several subjects and participated in many collective exhibits. Since his arrival in Milwaukee in 2007, Cristian has been part of the show Emergent Latinos in Milwaukee at WPCA and many installations for Day of the Dead at UWM, WPCA, Latino Arts and The Milwaukee Art Museum. He also assisted Raol Deal in the multicultural exhibit Implosion in UWM, 2008.

Ximena Soza was born in Chile in 1975, a country that was deeply troubled by the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet at the time. The experience has marked her as a person; she is now a teacher, writer and artist, whose work is always committed to social justice. Ximena has participated in several collective exhibits, showing her work in different medias, such as stone carving, metal work and weaving. In Milwaukee she has installed many Ofrendas for Day of the Dead at WPCA, UWM and Latino Arts. She also participated in the show Emergent Latinos in Milwaukee and In Borders, an exhibit about immigration into the United States, held at UW Oshkosh. Ximena has worked as a performing artist with different theater companies, and has also been awarded with several international literary prizes for her fiction and poetry. She has received scholarships and fellowships for her studies in education as well. Ximena is currently a teacher in MPS and a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

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