Con A de Arte 2015 Featured Artists

Con A de Arte 2015 Press Release
August 9, 2015
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Con A de Arte 2015 Featured Artists

Luis Ardila PhotoLuis Ardila – Visual Arts

Born in Bogota, Colombia and US Citizen. Master in Fine Arts from the National University of Colombia. Full-time painter.
Since his childhood, he has been traveling between USA, Europe and Latin America. His work has an expressionist-symbolist style rooted by the influence of Latin American painters of the 60’s and also by the Medieval European iconography.

More than 100 Group Shows, 33 One-Man Shows and won 23 Awards in USA, Europe and Latin America.

Carlos Cruz Photo

Carlos Cruz – Multidiscipline Performance

CarlosAlexis holds an MFA in Physical Theatre (2007) from the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre where he studied a range of movement techniques including Commedia dell’Arte, Laban, Lecoq-based theatre dynamics, Alexander Technique, as well as an extensive voice training in the Linklater voice method.

As part of his thesis project, CarlosAlexis went on to train Circus Arts and Chinese Acrobatics under the tutelage of Master Coach Lu Yi at the San Francisco Circus Center. He specialized in the disciplines of Aerial Straps(Sangles Aériennes) and Acrobatic Rope(Corde Lise), and developed his thesis on the study of the convergence between Circus and Theatre.

In the professional realm, he was a fulltime company member of the Do Jump! Dance Theatre, and Imago Theatre, touring nationally and internationally, and was awarded a Princess Grace Acting Fellowship prize in 2011 for his unique physical acting work with the Miracle Theatre Group.

Out of the desire of creating new work that would perhaps reflect what now has become his main research area, he founded Pelú Theatre. Pelú is a company mainly interested in finding ways of telling urban stories, particularly through a Latino lens, in more physically engaging ways. Mixing pre-conceived notions such as Commedia and Melodramas, Circus and Theatre, Clowns and Death… the company blends, twists and flips up to deeper social subjects.

CarlosAlexis is the 2014 Arts and Science Council McColl Award winner with which he is currently developing a community powered contemporary circus company/show from and about the city of Charlotte and the evolving concept of what is often referred as the New South.

Artistic Director-Pelú Theatre

Research Team Director

Rocio Gonzales Photo

Rocio González – Multidiscipline Performance

Rocio Gonzalez is an experienced Teaching Artist with North Carolina Wolf Trap and Blumenthal Performing Arts Center Education Institute, currently participating in the Project Lift and STEAM residencies. She has trained with the nationally recognized Lincoln Center Institute and the Kennedy Center Institute. Rocio is also a Fellow with the A+ Schools Program of the North Carolina Arts Council.

She finds her job as a teaching artist very rewarding as she has the opportunity to work with both children and adults. When Rocio sees the sparkle in teachers’ eyes after a lesson, she knows she has reached not only the children in the class but many more children who will follow in years to come.

Children learn best through music and movement so the impact from Rocio’s work in the community is very wide spread. Once Rocio leaves a classroom, the teacher has many performing arts strategies that she can use as she works with other classes in the future.

Rocio is a life-long learner and continues to perfect her craft as she is constantly searching for ways to improve her work and to learn even more about early childhood development. She also serves as a mentor and role model for Wolf Trap Teaching Artists.

Teaching Artist Philosophy: “My love for music and dancing developed at a very early age, and I want to share that love with others, especially young children.”

Zaire Kacz Photo Zaire Kacz – Visual Arts

Photographer Zaire Kacz was born and raised in Venezuela, where she earned her B.S. degree from Universidad del Zulia in 1998. In 2000, she was awarded a scholarship from Kodak and earned her Photography Diploma from Escuela Julio Bengoechea. Moving to Miami, FL in 2003, she immersed herself in the fashion world. There her work graced the pages of numerous magazines.

In 2010, she relocated to North Carolina and rediscovered her earlier passion, dance photography. Her series of collaborations with dancers from companies like Terpsicorps in North Carolina, BalletMet in Ohio and San Francisco Ballet, among others, has fueled a new aesthetic, inspired by the beauty and athleticism of the performers. By using photography as a medium she explores the connections between beings and the universality of feelings .The result is both ethereal and compelling in its simplicity and depth. Kacz’s dance imagery has been published in Dance Magazine, and in BalletMet Columbus’ 2014-2015 Season Brochures.

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Ivan Toth Depeña – Visual Arts

Ivan Toth Depeña is an artist who is currently living and working in Charlotte, NC. He is currently a 13 month affiliate at the McColl Center for Arts and Innovation and is splitting time in Miami, FL where he is working on several large-scale installations.

With a Masters Degree in Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, Depeña’s production as an artist is informed by his experience in art, architecture, technology and design. His process combines traditional, hands on methodology layered with high tech output and fabrication. Depeña’s studio output exemplifies the harmonic moment when various creative disciplines come together seamlessly.

Depeña’s work has been exhibited at public and private venues nationally and internationally, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, The Frost Museum, New Britain Museum of American Art, Art Taipei and the Miami Art Museum. His work is included in numerous public and private collections. Recently completed large-scale public commissions are located in Denver, Colorado; Miami, Florida; Albuquerque, New Mexico and Gainesville, Florida. He is currently working on several public and private commissions, as well as, the preparation for upcoming museum and gallery exhibitions.

In early 2014, Depeña was awarded a prestigious Knight Arts Challenge Miami Grant for his proposal for a collaborative series of augmented reality public art projects throughout South Florida. This innovative project is currently being developed and will launch in Spring 2016. Depeña was also a finalist for the renowned Cintas Fellowship grant.

Al Torres – Visual Arts

RealistAl Torres Photo painter Al Torres received his MFA (cum laude) from the New York Academy of Art. Further training included being a studio assistant for the renowned portrait painter, Sharon Sprung, at the Art Students League of New York. This was followed by six years of classical training with the realist painter, Bennett Vadnais, four years of academic training with the NYC painter Andrew Reiss and various other summer workshops.

He has had a New York two person show at the Jade Necter Gallery in Southampton, NY. His work has also been exhibited in venues such as the Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY, the Reading Public Museum, Reading, PA, the Queens Museum of Art, NYC, and Sotheby’s Auction House, NY, NY.

He is an art instructor at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC and has an active studio in Charlotte as well. Torres’ paintings are currently on exhibit at the Gaston County Museum of Art in Dallas, NC until August 2015.