Christian Ruiz Berman: My work is an exploration of the ways that things like history, culture, language, and symbols are constantly subject to remix, hybridization, and reinvention. I am particularly interested in poetry, irreverence, and innovation. My painting work mashes up digital-age aesthetics with archaeology and magical realism, and strives to compile both a highly personal codex and a set of new directions for Mexican-American painting.
"One of the great joys of creating art is being able to share it with your audience," the artist says. "When your work echoes with another person, you are building a connection with them."
Demond Melancon is a contemporary artist with roots in the Black Masking Culture of New Orleans. He began making masks and suits for Mardi Gras performance and he translated his skills into making meticulous beadwork portraits. Melancon creates intricately-beaded works of art and he combines traditions from Mardi Gras, history painting, and contemporary portrait painting. The artist draws from Black and Indigenous history and he features a broad variety of symbols and stylistic influences. Passage Arts spoke with the artist about his life and work.