MECA presents Mayra Zamora: "Chicano Pop" opening day
Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts (MECA) will host a solo exhibition of new work by Texas artist, Mayra Zamora. Based in Corpus Christi, Zamora was inspired by the kaleidoscopic colors and shapes she encountered growing up in South Texas and traveling to Mexico. She approaches her paintings with the visual language of 20th century Pop Art movement and applies it to a South Texas Chicano aesthetic. Using imagery of popular Chicano culture, Zamora expands the narrative of American pop culture and brings it into the evasive and fertile space of life among and between two distinct cultures. She evokes the familiar images of lotería (the Mexican game similar to American bingo), calaveras (representations of human skulls most often associated with Day of the Dead), and tacos.
The artist pulls from her roots as a Latina growing up in South Texas and her education in the arts as her inspiration. Her geometric, hard-edged lines and shapes evoke hand-painted signage as much as they do stained glass windows. In much of her work she pays homage to happy memories of her own family and what she considers the fundamental elements of art.
There will be an Artist Reception and Gallery Talk on Friday, March 24 from 6-8 pm. Following the opening day, the exhibit will be on display through April 28.