Catch a glimpse of artist Ernesto Ybarra's heartfelt work on November 21st from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. in the museum lobby. The artist will share how his Mexican culture and the Pacific Northwest influence his art. Ybarra's artwork will be on display from November 21st - December 4th. This event is free to the public.
Ernesto Ybarra was born on the west side of St. Paul, Minnesota, and probably would have stayed there his whole life if art hadn't given him the chance to see beyond it. Though not a painter from the start, Ernesto always had an eye for the visual, studying photography for most of his early life. But art of an entirely different kind gave him his first glimpse at what would become one of his biggest influences - Mexico. Touring with his cousin's "Spanglish" hip-hop group Los Nativos as a photographer, a 24 year old Ernesto took in the people, the food, the colors, and the traditional art of the land his ancestors came from. The combination of these influences is readily apparent in his vibrant, bold style that blends pieces of traditional folk art and imagery with his personality and life experiences. His confident, assured strokes suggest that he either truly trusts his hand, or is channeling the spirits of some distant relatives he reunited with on that influential, familial Mexico trip. Though its roots are easily distinguished, Ernesto's art is a complete departure from tradition in its composition, color, and content - something more conservative Mexican folk art enthusiasts usually frown upon. But no matter its adherence to the traditional, it's completely from the heart, and completely Ernesto. "I have tried my whole life through my work to represent my Mexican roots with honor and pride," he says.
A selection of Ybarra's artwork will be on display in the museum lobby from November 21st - December 5th.
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