acrylic on canvas
24” x 18”
“The Avenue 50 Gallery will be presenting an in-place as well as an online art exhibit in November as an homage to Rodolfo Anaya, the Mexican-American writer who passed away in June. Besides other books, he wrote “Bless Me Ultima” a book that describes life in New Mexico among the Mexican-American community. His books deals with, among other themes, the struggles with the young trying to deal with the historical, religious and spiritual background from which they came but faced with the ongoing struggles of everyday life many times filled with moments of envy, hatred and violence. I chose to use the moon, and the goddess Luna, as representing the spiritual in their lives, while I interpreted the struggles in their lives as the storm-tossed seas.
Hopefully, you can enjoy my interpretation.”
About Raoul De la Sota:
“For the first 8 years of my life I had terrible asthma and did little but draw in my small sketchbooks looking out my bedroom window. Ten years later I entered LACC knowing that I wanted to be an artist. Ten years after that I was an exhibiting artist and teaching at LACC.
I was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship for Study in Peru and was granted a State Department sponsored lecture tour of 4 universities in Colombia. I have exhibited in 11 foreign countries and have given a TED talk on ‘The Worth of Art’ in our lives.
I taught painting, drawing, design and Mexican Art History at LACC for 40 years and continue to hear from my former students with which I had such great friendships. This is my 12th year curating exhibits and serving on the Board of Directors for the Avenue 50.”