Combining Faith and Art

Mexican Folklore Artist Lalo Garcia to exhibit his works at the Southwest Museum March 14 ‘«Ű April 5, 2009

Published on LatinoLA: March 7, 2009

Combining Faith and Art

Born into a poor family in La Cieneguita, a small rancho in the state of Michoacan, Mexico, and raised since the age of 13 in the San Fernando Valley, celebrated artist Lalo Garcia has spent 35 years immersed in the world of art. Garcia's love for his Native culture combined with his faith and commitment to preserving the folklore of Mexico are all reflected in his unique work. Garcia's work has been permanently placed in sacred spaces throughout the United States. Currently, Garcia is one of eight commissioned artists selected by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to create artwork for the Los Angeles Cathedral of the Angels, a major historic landmark. Most famously, Lalo designed the Shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe on the north plaza wall of the Cathedral.

In addition to the downtown Cathedral, Garcia's sacred art has been placed at churches throughout Southern California including the Beatitudes of Our Lord, La Mirada; All Souls Catholic Church, Alhambra; Saint Bernardine of Siena, Woodland Hills; and Santa Rosa Catholic Church, San Fernando. He has designed fourteen Guadalupe images in the United States and Mexico. He also designed such special works as the vestments and miters of Pope John Paul II as well as all 350 Roman Catholic bishops for the Pope's visit to Los Angeles.

His personal art pieces have been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States, Mexico and Spain. His work can also be found in many private collections, and his commercial work can be seen in books, product logos, CD covers, and various publications. In previous years, Garcia founded the dance company, Grupo Folklorico Fiesta Mexicana in the city of San Fernando, California. As director and choreographer he performed throughout the United States and Mexico, including a tour with Linda Ronstadt's Canciones de mi Padre" as well as her tour of "Mas Canciones."

"I continue to celebrate my cultural heritage as I pay tribute to my religious beliefs."- Lalo Garcia

Meet the artist and join us for art, conversation, Mexican chocolate and pan dulce on opening night, March 14, 2009. A special selection of art by sculptor Luis Villanueva will complement Lalo's artwork. The Museum Store will also be open.

The Southwest Museum is open Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 5 pm. Free admission.

Southwest Museum of the American Indian
234 Museum Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90065
323.221.2164, www.autrynationalcenter.org

NELAart Second Saturday Gallery Night
at the Southwest Museum featuring
Lalo Garcia
Opening Reception Saturday, March 12, 7-10 pm
Exhibition runs March 12 ‘«Ű April 5, 2009

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