Jose Luis Rodriguez Guerra


Currently living in Seattle, Jose Luis Rodriguez Guerra is an amazing artist from Mexico. Getting to his spacious studio feels a little strange as it requires climbing a set of crooked stairs, but it’s well worth it. Inside are Mayan and Mexican-inspired paintings which explore the human form and humanity’s associations with nature around it. Most of the paintings in his gallery right now are painted on large slabs of wood mixed with masonite, which lend to purer colors and an all-around good feel.

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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/them) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

Vee has two narrative short films. Searching Skies (2017) touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States; with it, they helped co-organize The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. Reckless Spirits (2022) is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature-length project.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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William Kiesel
14 years ago

Jose Luis Rodriguez Guerra is not only an accomplished painter on the lines of other masters such as Velasquez and Goya, but he also understands the richly woven textures of Pre-Columbian history and myth. His work brilliantly weds contemporary events with the old world iconography of South America, leaving posterity a record of historical events as viewed by the artist.

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