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Masks like these are often a part of a ceremonial costume and are used in religious and social events to represent ancestral spirits.

 

They are believed to act as a bridge between the spiritual and physical realms. Masks are often used in initiation ceremonies and are worn during ceremonial dances.

“I’m a muralist. I observe, analyze and question the essential components in life and human condition. The murals that I create are my contribution to stop any type of injustice and to bring awareness to social, cultural, and political issues. This mural is dedicated to all humans that have left their homeland and are now labeled as illegal human beings. I do not agree with any government that would allow the creation of third class citizens.” 

Daniel Anguilu uses life itself as his subject matter, translating its movements and attitudes, from one moment to another, into art. The traces of his desire to create in order to examine and reflect life, not merely remind us of it, are seen in the city’s streets – pockets of public spaces with extraordinary design and exploding colors. Utilizing the strengths of revolutionary muralists such as Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, and David Alfaro Siqueiros, Anguilu’s art in public spaces is an honest form of freedom of expression. His murals consist of abstract and enigmatic imagery, often depicting animals – in a style reminiscent of Aztec design – with contemporary visual rhetoric to compose brilliant, wild senses of balance and conflict, driven by his Mexican heritage and a cross-cultural influence. 

Daniel Anguilu started painting graffiti at an early age. Anguilu has traveled to many cities in the US, Mexico, Peru, Spain and Italy to paint murals and to participate in art exhibitions. He has also visited Asia, Africa and Central America to enrich his knowledge of pre-colonial art and the cultures in those regions. Anguilu has participated in group shows at the Mexican Consulate of Houston, Poissant Gallery, Pevetol Gallery, Aerosol Warfare Gallery, and The Orange Show. He has worked on projects at DiverseWorks, the Houston Skate Park, and was commissioned by Neiman Marcus and Converse. He has had residencies at Metropolitan Transit Authority in Houston, TX in Fall of 2013, and at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts in April 2014. Currently, he focuses on painting public spaces in the Houston area and working in collaboration with local businesses and homeowners.

Rives Smith is a retired draftsman turned digital artist. He began making art in 1999, at the age of 71.

He has donated pieces to Houston Eye Associates, Texas Children's Hospital, MD Anderson Cancer Center and the Altharetta Yeargin Art Museum.

Cindy Hickok, a Houston based artist, uses thread, needle and a sewing machine as her medium. She uses items from the news, day to day events and famous works of art as some of her inspirations.

Art Gallery is a piece that uses images from a variety of famous artworks. 

Can you see which artworks are featured?

December's artwork spotlight is a pencil drawing by Texas artist, Jose Perez.

Jose Perez was born in Houston, Texas in 1929. He is known for his satirical drawings, representing his personal view of the world. In 2014, the Altharetta Yeargin Art Museum held an exhibit of his artwork, called A Retrospective: What if Animals Could Talk? This month's featured artwork is a pencil drawing of a female dancer in traditional Mexican dress.

Harvesters III

1983

John Biggers

John Biggers was born on April 13, 1924 in North Carolina and died on January 25, 2001 in Houston, Texas.

Biggers was an American artist who came to prominence after the Harlem Renaissance, towards the end of World War II.

He was the founding chairman of the art department of Texas Southern University in Houston.

Grandma Moses

1860-1961

Grandma Moses real name was Anna Mary Robertson Moses. She was known by her nickname, Grandma Moses.

Grandma Moses was an American folk artist. She began painting late in life, at the age of 78.

Grandma Moses began embroidering when she was in her 60's. She switched to painting because embroidery made her hands hurt.

She never went to art school and she painted what she knew. She painted scenes of rural life in America.