Activate: Market Street 17
Curated by Jo-El Lopez
April 7 – May 26, 2018
75 & 77 Market Street, Newark NJ
Opening Reception April 7th 7-10pm @ Gallery Aferro
Dimelo (Dee-meh-loo), English translation: “Tell it to me”.
Juan Guitiérrez was born in 1968, in Santiago City, Dominican Republic. He studied plastics Arts at Escuela de Bellas Artes. Also he has dedicated part of his life to studying Art Prints, Drawing, Illustration, Graphic Arts, at Altos de Chavon in Dominican Republic, which is associated to The New York School of Design Parson. His work has been involved on multiple displays since 1996, some of them individuals and the others as a collective exhibition. In addition, his exhibitions has been both national and international. He has won a prize given by the Governor of Maryland for supporting women who suffer from AIDS though art.
Ernesto Rodríguez was born on 1964, in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic. Considered as a multidisciplinary artist due to fact that he has worked with several materials such as wood, clothes, metal, mud, etc. creating with each one of these, iconic pieces of art, like the famous one: “stay out of reach of children”. Sculpture that won the contest in 1998 which took place at Centro Eduardo LeonJimenez, in Dominican Republic.
Indeed he has won different art competitions, in the well-known event: “Bienal Nacional de Artes Visuales” in 1994 with his ceramic: “This wall do not let me see you”. In the same year, he received a first place prize with “Singing out loud”, and thanks to this achievement, he had the opportunity to travel through Rome, Italy to exhibit the piece of art.
Rodriguez is also considered as one of the most important Ceramics artist of the Dominican Republic. He is a cultural manager and has worked on educational projects in different places that we have mentioned before, but also places like : Rafey Prision located in Santiago de los caballeros; Community Center Centro Cumunal Puertoriqueño, located in Puerto Rico and has given some workshop at New York City, USA.
Wali Vidal was born in Santiago in 1982. From a very young age he was interested in arts, participating in several workshops with prominent artists. During 2001 to 2002 he took a workshop of Bronze Sculpture, and introduction to the technique of lost wax with the artist Leo Núñez. Later on from 2003 to 2005 Wali Vidal took ceramic with the artist Ernesto Rodríguez, and in the fall of 2006 another workshop in Criticism of Artworks at the San Alejandro School of Art, Habana, Cuba. At the end of the same year he returned to Dominican Republic where he took engraving, installation and video art clinics with the artists Carmelo Sobrino, Pepón Osorio and José Alejandro Restrepo at Centro León, Santiago. To formalize his studies, Wali applied to the School of Design Altos de Chavón in La Romana, Dominican Republic obtaining an A.A.S. degree in arts in 2010.
He has participated in national and international art projects in which can be highlighted: “Candidates of the Rimel” exhibited at the Center of Culture of Santiago and at the Theater House of Santo Domingo in 2004; “Meanwhile” at Lex56 Art Studio, New York in 2013; exhibited as a finalist in the art contest “Eduardo León Jiménes”, Centro León, Santiago in 2006; “Refresh” Exhibition of Dominican Contemporary Art, presented at Center City Gallery, New Jersey in 2011; and “200 20, Twenty Artists Celebrate the Patricio’s Bicentennial” collective exhibition of Visual Art, Bronx Museum, New York I 2013.
In 2010 his paiting “La Escolta” became part of “Genesis and Trajectory”, Permanent Exhibition at Centro Leon, Santiago.
Wali Vidal has been recognized and awarded several times because of his contributions to art and culture: in 2011 he was recognized by the commissioner Pedro Rodríguez, Wendy Guzmán, Alex Méndez, Paterson Board of Education, New Jersey; in 2013 received the “Youth Award”, by the Municipality of Santiago, Dom. Rep.; in 2004 “First Prize”, Sculpture, Arroz Cimiente de Mundos, National Youth Art Contest, Dom. Rep.; in 2008 “Painting Prize” Eduardo León Jiménes Art Contest, Centro León,; in 2011 “Young Artist Special Award” 26 Biennial of Visual Arts Museum of Modern Art, Dom. Rep.; in 2012 Third Prize “First Sculpture Competition Luichy Martinez Richy” Exhibition Hall of French Embassy in the Dom. Rep.; in 2015 Third Prize “First National Contest of Visual Arts, INAPA” National Gallery of Fine Arts, Dom. Rep.; in 2017 First Prize in Murals of the city in Santiago; and in 2018 National Young Art Competition Award for the Values Palacio de Bellas Artes Dom. Rep.