Lalo Cota is a surrealist painter from Mexico who has achieved international popularity. His use of vibrant hues pay homage to a style influenced by indigenous Mexican cultures, European surrealism and modern street art. His paintings often express the delights and horrors of modern life; evoking feelings of both absolute despair and absolute joy.
Lalo’s work could be found in a myriad of public exhibitions and private collections in the United States and Mexico. He currently lives and works in Phoenix and is active in the muralist movement currently taking place.
Monica Gisel Crespo was born in Mexico City. Her paintings are inspired by the images from her childhood. Her Oaxaquenan inheritance, being raised in Mexico City and its formation as an artist in the border city of Tijuana, have given to Monica the ability to portrait a world into surrealism; where mysticism, tradition and modernism converge (realismo magico). Monica has had multiple solo and collective exhibitions in Mexico and the United States. She has participated on the Walkabout event at the Phoenix Art Museum, and currently she is part of ALAC’s Art committee and a regular participant in the Xico printmaking program.
Angel Diaz was born and raised in Los Angeles to Mexican immigrants. He is a cultural artist in Arizona, blurring the lines of realism and street style art. Growing up in these backgrounds have helped develop Diaz as an artist. Diaz’s education of painting began on the streets of Los Angeles. His evolution from Graffiti to Air Brushing came from professional classes as wells as self teaching. With age his painting style has become more Realistic, deriving most of his subject matter from historical figures and events from Mexico’s history. Now living in Arizona, Diaz has become a vital part of the downtown Phoenix art community and will continue to bring a diverse perspective of both cultures.
El Vaquero Muerto was born Marco Antonio Turrubiartes under the desert moon in a trailer park in Tempe, Arizona. Having spent most of his life in Arizona, his work is heavily influenced by el Dia de los Muertos, the desert, Southwestern cowboy lore, rockabilly aesthetic, whiskey and old-school horror. He often explores themes of inner struggle, love won and lost, hallucinations and dreams, liberty, rage and emotional disconnect. His main mediums are acrylic on canvas or wood and tooled, colored leather. His work generally falls into three different bodies – one featuring the illustrative skeleton cowboys and buxom skeleton women that inhabit his imaginary world, the second being more realistic Dia de los Muertos-themed portraits based on people he finds intriguing and the third consisting of functional leather items such as motorcycle riding masks, guitar straps and flask casings.