San Antonio Art Gallery Hosts "Latino Faces" Art Exhibit

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When Analy Diego thinks about how she’s evolved as an artist, she recalls her grandfather. A gifted caricaturist, he introduced her to art at age six. That’s when she began her artistic journey painting with oils and watercolors.
 
San Antonio Art Gallery Hosts "Latino Faces" Art Exhibit by Analy Diego
 
“I have worked with a wide range of mediums, from watercolor to oils and acrylics to digital and vector art, which is now my specialty,” said Diego, a Texas native who has honed the skill of vector art.
 
Armed with a computer and graphic design software, Diego uses a stylus pen on a computer screen to create detailed artworks while viewing the picture or image she wants to capture. Vector technology has replaced the proverbial canvas and paint brush for many emerging artists. 
 
Eva Peron. From San Antonio Art Gallery Hosts "Latino Faces" Art Exhibit by Analy Diego
 
Art Legacy Gallery, along with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Latina Leadership Institute, have teamed up to present an exhibition of Diego’s most outstanding vector artworks. The free exhibition closes May 31. 
 
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Titled “Latino Faces,” the art exhibit features portraits of 12 eminent figures of Latin American cultural history who left an indelible mark in the world of literature, fashion, art, history, music and other areas.
 
“Most of my vector illustrations portray people, places or objects that have somehow influenced my life,” said Diego, who graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in interior design and a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Texas at San Antonio.
 
The larger-than-life portraits of Oscar de la Renta, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Frida Kahlo, Selena, and others are incredibly detailed, brilliant-colored expressive portraits capable of captivating the casual art visitor and art connoisseur alike. 
 
Oscar de la Renta. From San Antonio Art Gallery Hosts "Latino Faces" Art Exhibit by Analy Diego
 
“I see art as a reflection of society, which we can use as a tool to identify our own beliefs and views, our stories and personal experiences. By deviating from traditional art tools, and using technology as my main medium, I try to prove that art can still be a part of the fast paced, evolving world we live in today,” said added
 
Diego is currently a full-time professor of interior design and architecture at UTSA. The 33-year-old who loves to travel as much as she loves architecture, is also the coordinator of the university’s interior design program.
 
“My role as interior design coordinator is to ensure our faculty teaches the right courses with the right content that meets industry standards, so students can eventually become successful design practitioners,” Diego said.
 
The exhibition is curated by Adriana Cisneros, Art Legacy founder and director. She has spent the last few years discovering emerging artists who work with universal symbols. Her art gallery is housed within the offices of Elite Homes, a business complex in the north San Antonio suburb of Stone Oak.
 
“Analy Diego has mastered the vector art technique with high precision and attention to detail. In her artworks, she creates images very realistic and vibrant. Her artistic skills allow her to merge design and colors to create a unique mixture of perfect lines and color schemes,” said Cisneros.
 
Frida Kahlo. From San Antonio Art Gallery Hosts "Latino Faces" Art Exhibit by Analy Diego
 
Prices for Diego’s artwork, which start at $1,500 and go up from there, are posted next to each colorful, giant portrait. Part of the proceeds from sales benefit the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Latina Leadership Institute. 
 
The LLI is a six-month long program aimed at preparing Latina women to hold elected and appointed U.S. offices. The non-partisan, issue-neutral program is designed to build knowledge, skills and confidence necessary for women to succeed in careers holding public offices nationwide.
 
Art Legacy, 18503 Sigma Rd., Suite 130, is free and open to the public from 11am to 4 pm Monday through Friday. It is closed Saturdays and Sundays. For more information on the exhibition, visit www.artlegacytx.com or call (210) 444-2289.
 
 
Rosie Carbo is the Lifestyles Editor for Wandering Educators, and is a former newspaper reporter whose work has appeared in newspapers and magazines nationwide. Some of those publications include People magazine, The Dallas Morning News, The Houston Chronicle, and San Antonio Express-News. Some of her features were redistributed by The Associated Press early in her career as an award-winning Texas journalist.
 
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