Cafe Con Leche Latino Resident Artist Program at Most Wanted Fine Art Gallery

Pittsburgh, PA - Cafe Con Leche and Most Wanted Fine Art gallery, with support from The Heinz Endowments Small Arts Initiative grant, have partnered to present a Latino Artist Residency in Pittsburgh, PA. The Heinz Endowments supports efforts to make southwestern Pennsylvania a premier place to live and work, a center for learning and educational excellence, and a region that embraces diversity and inclusion.

From March to August 2016 Cafe Con Leche and Most Wanted Fine Art will be hosting ten Latino resident artists, a mix of Latino artists from Pittsburgh and beyond. The goal is to support a Pittsburgh Latino arts community that will be intentional in showcasing and highlighting the experiences of Latinos who live in the United States as well as Latin America. These diverse artist will be creating art based on their experiences in Pittsburgh.  

Each new resident artist will be introduced on the first Friday of each month at Most Wanted Fine Art during Penn Avenue’s Unblurred event. During the month of their residency, artists will be exploring Pittsburgh, meeting local artists and engaging in various creative networks in Pittsburgh. Based off these experiences, the artist will create new work reflecting their own perspectives of what is means to be a Latino artist in a region that has a smaller-than-average Latino population. Towards the end of each residency, the artist will host their own event to showcase the work they have created during their time in Pittsburgh. Additionally, there will be an exclusive opportunity to interact with each resident artist at Cafe Con Leche’s Puerto Rican Supper Club: SOBREMESA. Most activities will occur at Most Wanted Fine Art gallery in Garfield.

Cafe Con Leche and Most Wanted Fine Art are excited to partner with various Pittsburgh art institutions, nonprofits and businesses - including The Carnegie Art Musem, Center of Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, Healthy Ride, Bloomfield Garfield Corporation, Ella Serrato of Howard Hannah and Sweet Peaches -  in order to make this residency as impactful of possible. 

For a full schedule of resident artist bios, events and program sponsors, visit Cafe Con Leche’s website. You can also follow Cafe Con Leche on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for updates and event information. 

Cafe Con Leche Resident Artists


March: 

  • Resaca Tango Duo - Resaca connects with the audience and dancers through a carefully selected repertoire of masterpieces. Resaca is the only ensemble of its type in the greater Pittsburgh's area. The duo provides danceable live music to tango dancers around the country while entertaining and educating new audiences. The March Cafe Con Leche Latino Resident Artist at Most Wanted is in partnership with the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) at the University of Pittsburgh. Look for Resaca’s performance at the 36th Annual Latin American & Caribbean Festival on March 19th.

April: 

  • Greg Garay - A creative entrepreneur seeking to highlight the gaps and connections between people, objects of the past and the many thoughts shared between the two. Born in Brooklyn, raised in The Bronx, and transplanted to Pittsburgh. His digital and traditional paintings recreate the amalgamation of thought. 
  • Nicole Oliveri -  Recent graduate from the University of Puerto Rico who just moved to PA in June, Nicole has been an artist since early childhood through drawing and writing. Taking a surrealist approach, her work focuses on the natural settings in Puerto Rico, sea creatures and social issues.

May:

  • Greg Garay - Continuing his residency from April.
  • Jason Mendez - Dr. Jason Mendez is an educator, author, interdisciplinary theater artist, and father of 3. His interests include urban education, critical race studies, cultural studies, arts as social justice, Boricua identities, and South Bronx culture and history. As a South Bronx Puerto Rican writer focusing on lived experience, notions of home, and the power of voice, his work critically reflects a common struggle with identity construction and the process of becoming. 
  • Hoesy Corona - Hoesy Corona is a multidisciplinary artist and founding co-director of Labbodies, a performance art laboratory in Baltimore Maryland. Corona’s unapologetically colorful, sculptural and performance based works have been deeply influenced by his queer immigrant experience in the United States. Additionally, formative encounters with racism, discrimination, xenophobia and otherness have shaped the ways in which Corona creatively interprets the contemporary world around him, in new and compelling ways.

June:

  • Diana Burbano - A Colombian immigrant, is an Equity actress a playwright and a respected teaching artist at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, CA. She has created notable roles in the world premieres of The Labors of Hercules at the Laguna Playhouse, Imagine at South Coast Repertory and Sweet Peace at Center Theatre in Santa Barbara.
  • Elizabeth Barreto Ortiz - Born and raised in the town of Bayamón, Puerto Rico. Elizabeth’s interest in art was first awakened by the art of other countries and later influenced by the local art, because Puerto Rico’s colonial relationship with the has had much influence on her generation. Elizabeth’s interest is in public art, particularly murals, because she finds them to be an effective and immediate channel of communication between art and the community. 

July:

  • Maggie Negrete - Raised in and current resident of SWPA, Maggie is a Mexican-Italian. American cis-gendered woman who is dedicated to access to arts education and to bringing visibility to nontraditional narratives, in particular, those of womyn. Her academic background focused on Latin American history and creative writing with particular interest in the intersections of gendered identity, native populations, cultural artifacts, and social movements. Maggie’s artwork takes the form of installations, zines, illustrations and prints. Uniting these various mediums and forms, my design sense manifests through graphic black and white line work with nods to late 19th and early 20th century illustration, psychedelic era poster design and the current renaissance of sign painting.
  • Alison Zapata - Alison Zapata is a Pittsburgh-born, second-generation Mexican-American visual artist and art educator. She works in oil, acrylic and watercolor. Her expertise lies in painting, portraiture, murals, collage, and sign painting. She is the owner/ lead artist of Zapata Studios. 

August:

  • Boris Balsindes-Urquiola -  An Afro-Cubano, multi-disciplinary artist who came from Cuba a little more than a month ago. Boris has brought all his culture with him and is excited to share it with Pittsburgh. His work is a mix of Cuban art from the ‘hoods of Cuba that focused on social justice for black and Latinos. As a Cafe Con Leche Latino Resident Artist, Boris will be out in the community, meeting local artists and learning how their perspectives can influence his work. 

For more information, visit Cafe Con Leche's artist page.

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