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Magnolia Village

Block 4

Kristián Gaytan

Art and Soul

“It is an artist’s duty to reflect the times.” Nina Simone’s words resound in my mind each and every time I set a brush to canvas. As an artist I feel that it is my responsibility to use my canvas as my second voice, and it is my responsibility to educate and enlighten viewers about society’s untold stories. My artwork intends to create a space for my community, my roots, my Mexican culture, and my mind. My subject matter are the unspoken faces of an America , whether it is an actual person or an ideology personified. Although my use of traditional materials, the themes, faces and culture displayed in my artwork juxtaposes the basic-ness of the materials used to create it.