Ignacio Eloy Sanchez Holocaust Museum Houston 2019 Proposal “ La Causa”
The Holocaust Museum has commissioned me to create a mural for an exhibition that they will be hosted in November 2019 in their new museum space. The exhibition will be highlighting Dolores Huerta, an American labor leader and civil rights activist who, with Cesar Chavez, is a co-founder of the United Farmworkers Association. Dolores Huerta is a major individual who contributed much of her time, efforts and energy for a cause that she believed in. The mural interest came about, after being reached out by the director of education of the Holocaust Museum, Michelle Tovar, with their interest in a past mural that I created back in 2016 off of 13th Street and Yale.They wanted to interview me to get more of the background story and inspiration of my mural, this lead to their interest in commissioning me for this special exhibition. The mural was an ode to United Farm worker flag that was dressed in many vibrant colors, symbols, and geometric figures. I am proposing to create an 8 x 12 foot mural that will be constructed by 3 x 4 inch plywood, and hung on french cleats. The art piece will be composed of three individual 4 x 8 foot panels. The image chosen will be a remake of the United Farm workers flag using bolder colors such as shades of reds, grays, whites, pinks, greens, oranges, and teals. I will be using my signature geometric shapes for the background and using 3 very similar shades of red to show a very subtle geometric style, and textures. The United Farm Workers original Flag contains an Aztec Eagle, which represents pride and dignity that our ancestors brought to us. For the stylized eagle, I have chosen to break it up in 6 different parts with colors, while still providing balance. I carefully selected vibrant colors that are visible in much of Mexican textiles, architecture and Fine arts. The shapes and colors distinguish the many different Hispanic cultures that exist here in this state. The style and geometric shapes represent the type of work that I do, which correlates to my background. The designs that are used throughout the piece also relate to the Talavera work that exists in my culture. I really enjoyed this piece because I believe that it can relate to not only Hispanics, but to many other cultures. I will be building the full piece which I am also excited about. The full process of creating this artwork will be a full reflection of my work, from the nailing, wood cutting, wood adhering, measurements, hardware, to painting and varnishing. It will be a very healing process which I will enjoy and it will be intended to commemorate “La Causa”. I am very humbled to have been chosen for this site specific project as well as the presence of Dolores Huerta. This UFW painting will not only be a representation of my work, but of the history and pride that the flag has brought to us.
Nopalismo and the Holocaust Museum collaborated on a important project mural for the BLM movement this past month. #SayTheirNames is a hashtag used to remember the names of victims of police violence. This hashtag was borrowed from #SayHerName, a social movement created in 2014 by the African American Policy Forum and the Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies, to raise awareness for Black female victims of police brutality. These are more than just hashtags and this mural goes beyond commemorating a moment. The “Say Their Names” mural is a reminder to keep doing the work in their names and to eliminate the conditions that contributed to their deaths. It’s a demand for accountability and justice.
You can find the completed mural at Kaffein Coffee -5225 Almeda Rd. HTX 77004
This has been a works in the making for over 6 months and now I am happy and proud to announce the release of the hats!
In this project I was able highlight an image that I had the pleasure of creating for a local business in the Houston Heights area. What better way to highlight my hispanic heritage with a mural that I dedicated to “UFW” flag. This project was a dedication to all the individuals that put in work to put food on our tables. In the process of selecting many images this is the one that stood out the most and was the most fitting for the project!
In this project I was not only able provide artwork for hat of the University of Houston but for 11 other colleges throughout US.
Here is a connection piece I worked on towards the end of 2017 and carried over to 2018. It had been a while since I’ve had a chance to create outside. Really enjoyed this piece, it’s a little different from the work that I have posted in the past. I kind of wanted to prove to myself that still had it, going back to the straight letter. Man it felt good revisiting this style. One thing I have always said and I need to keep reminding myself. Is to never stop sketching, always creating and making different styles. I promised myself that I would paint something different every time I picked up the can. Don’t be afraid to move outside your comfort zone, you will be surprised some of your best work may come out.
Make sure and stop by The HAM 4200 Harrisburg to check out the latest creations!
I am glad that this project was able to happen! Thank you to all the artist and everyone else that contributed and was a part of this project. A huge thank you to my boy Empire for putting this collective plan together and making it happen for all of us and allowing us to give to the community! HAM Houston will soon become a city landmark, it has come a long way from being an abandoned warehouse, to an area of self expression through the arts. If you have a chance, go by and visit the constant work that is being put out for the city of Houston by artist. 4200 Harrisburg
I had the opportunity to execute the “N” in this production and was very pleased.
Getting ready for this show was a great experience. Exploring different aspects of of shapes lines and colors opened up a new world of creations for me. We had a great turn and really got a chance to pack the house. Here are few process photos that my lady was able to capture prior to the opening! This was a 2 day event that went on to fill up 2 nights in a row. I appreciate everyone that was part of the event and everyone that came out and supported us!
Great show from a couple of weeks back, I believe that this was a huge success for everyone that participated in this event. Going into to this we had no idea what the outcome would be, but we realized that we had to go based on our past experiences and just go. Everyone that put in work definitely showed it. With our hard work and persistence we packed the house with over 500 hundred guest and everyone of them loved it. Keep an eye out for the next one y’all, here are some flicks of my work that was featured and a re-cap video shot and edited by Frank Nitti, Enjoy and eat more TACOS…
“El Sabor Del North Side” is a festival that is held in the North Side of Houston, Texas every year. Its an event that the community put together so everyone can come out and enjoy the local food and to celebrate the love that they have for the North Side. Many vendors came to take part in this event. The food, music, and people are what make this community great.
I enjoyed interacting with the people of the community while I was painting. I was fortunate enough to be invited by a good friend and crew mate to join him in creating my own piece for the community.
We started by putting together a wall made out of plywood and 2X4’s. At first it was alil mind boggling because neither of us had ever put one together. But in the end it all came together.
I decided to stay along the lines of supporting the community, ” I ❤ NS” an abbreviation for ‘I Love North Side’ was what I chose. In the end we were able to donate our time and effort for this great event.
Here are some images captured during our session. Here is a video that we put together.