Artistic Dreams Gallery: 2021 Luminaria + DreamVoice

Justice

Latex on masonite, 28″ x 23″
Suzy González

The Greatist

One of the most fearless, motivated, and legendary personality of all times. I tried to capture that in this piece of Muhammad Ali, with the expression and movement frozen on canvas , there are no need for words. This iconic pose says it all.
Adrian De La Cruz

The Radiant Artist

A homage to the great Jean-Michel Basquiat. I feel like this amazing artist at times, always striving to prove my worth through my art. The love and desire of an artist to show what I feel through every brush stroke because words can not always describe what I am feeling. Art is everywhere. It is IN everything.
Adrian De La Cruz

New York Times

A homage to the great Jean-Michel Basquiat. I feel like this amazing artist at times, always striving to prove my worth through my art. The love and desire of an artist to show what I feel through every brush stroke because words can not always describe what I am feeling. Art is everywhere. It is IN everything.
Adrian De La Cruz

Self Portrait 2020

Kaldric Dow

Father: Protector

A man’s duties are split between a commitment to fulfillment of oneself and being an anchor to a generation he is fostering through a child. Commitment to his female counterpart causes a conflict in his eyes. He operates in fragments that are represented as one motion here: To protect and raise a life or to leave and sojourn to his end.
Isaac Grigar

Inmigrantador

Graphic art, part of my Luchador series, a migrant worker “luchando”
Rafael Gonzales

Limpiadora

Graphic art, part of my Luchador series, depicts a maid “luchando”
Rafael Gonzales

From the South Side to Bonn

San Antonio City Councilmember Rebecca Viagran once told me a story about how, in 2015, she went to Bonn, Germany when the San Antonio Missions were formally recognized as a World Heritage Site. She was inspired and motivated to come back home and remind her fellow South Siders of their world-class status.
Jade Esteban Estrada

Keep Going Homegirl

Inspired by Diego Rivera’s Calla Lillies series , the woman carries a load of food , art supplies , and books as she waits for the bus. She looks tired and a bit defeated, on the side walk very faintly it reads “Keep going Homegirl”, on the right side of the sidewalk there is small flowers coming from the concrete , a representation of growth . Essentially this is inspired by my daily struggles as a mother, woman,student , and artist in pursuit of my dreams.
Ashleigh Garza

New Forms

This abstract piece is a representation of life emerging from the dark.
Scotch Willington

I Breathe, Therefore I’m damned

Mixed Media
Ryan Ward

Absent Girl

Digital Painting
Silvy Ochoa

Majestic Animals

The style of this piece is Abstract Realism. Abstracted Art forms through patters and expressive marks. Realism Art consist of a painting made to replicate a photo realistic image. The images portrayed are of a fantasy deer with large blue antlers, two birds made within the expressive marks, abstracted trees and flowers in the corners of the painting and flowing through the deer’s antlers and birds. The media used is oil paint and acrylic paint. The colors are bright hues of yellow, red, blue, green mix in with secondary colors to create shadows and depth. The expressive lines made are mostly vertical to express movement and stability. Spiritual meaning behind the deer means gentleness, awareness of surroundings, and unconditional love. The birds symbolize transcendence and freedom.
Brittany Shipman

XNXP – Self Portrait

This pieces depicts the complexity of who I am as a person. Coming from two different cultures, being left handed, highly sensitive (HSP) two personalities combined (INFP and ENTP) it is difficult to know where one fits in society.
Linda Shinohara Pearson

My Friend Karen

Portrait: 36×42 painting, acrylic on canvas. By painting this energetic, lifesize portrait of my dear friend Karen, I am moving her to iconic Goddess status. She can inspire and move others to action and creativity.
Susan Michael Sorensen

Thinking of Monet

Artist took the photo, manipulated it in Photoshop and had it printed on canvas. The artist then painted with oils on top of the canvas to add another dimension. Limited edition series of 7, some printed on aluminum.
Nancy Wood

Flower Walk Triptych

The artist took the photo at SA Botanical Gardens, manipulated it in Photoshop, Created a triptych from the image to be printed on canvas and enhanced with oil.
Nancy Wood

No More Erasure

8’x13′ Acrylic on used billboard vinyl, 2020.
Madison Cowles

America is Burning

Child on the ground outside during a protest draped in the American flag while the city is burning.
Tomy Pettis

Perception of Your Reality

A little girl finds a sense of safety sitting in the back of a police vehicle at the MLK March in San Antonio Texas.
Zachary Seibert

Whos the Man in the Mirror?

Reflection of a police officer in his rearview mirror at the MLK March in San Antonio Texas.
Zachary Seibert

The Mockingjay

A young lady speaks her voice at the peaceful protest in San Antonio Texas.
Zachary Seibert

Strength, Determination and Will to Fight

Young man holds his fist high in the air while listening to a peaceful protest
Zachary Seibert

New Life, Missed Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

After 28 years in prison Edwin sits down in his living room for the first time. He takes a photo with two kids of his closest family and friends. It makes you realize the childhood that Edwin never had but the happiness of where he is in that moment.
Zachary Seibert

Resilient

Medium: Digital Photography Year: 2016.
Description: This photograph is part of the portrait series “I Am Black”
Resilient is the portrait of Mary Kay Johnson, a lawyer and community leader based in San Antonio, TX.
“Blacks are resilient in every sense of the word. Despite our distinct experience of social disadvantages and perverse discrimination, we remain a race that is known for defying the odds, staring adversity boldly in the face, and continuing to thrive in our God-given gifts, talents, and irrefutable worldly contributions.” Mary Kay Johnson
Guillermina Zabala

“Trabajando Los Seguros”

Diptych, 13″x20″, Laminated Transfer Photographs
Alan Serna

“I Grow”

A digital illustration depicting a self-portrait of the artist thriving and growing out of a lush, green plant.
Abril Villarreal-Medina

Majestic, #3

Acrylic Paint on Canvas, 24″ x 36″
Wardell Picquet

I Didn’t Write This Poem for You

I was at the poetry workshop cuando les leí mi poesía
a poem sprinkled with words in Spanish
like chili powder on the fresh fruit slices of my English They said, “maybe you should translate more of your words because not everyone can understand you.“

I told them: I didn’t write this poem for you
I spoke Spanish before I spoke anything else
and while my father was learning English in a classroom I was learning it from my mom and Sesame St.

So maybe this poem is for Big Bird, Cookie Monster
and Oscar, who taught me it is ok to get mad when you’re misunderstood

I wrote it for my mom and her generation
punished in classrooms, made to kneel in corners
their mouths washed out with soap for speaking their mothers’ tongues
I wrote it for my father, who was proud when a white lady said
she couldn’t believe he was an immigrant because he hardly had an accent
I wrote it for my daughter, who gets top marks in math and science
yet struggles in Spanish class
I wrote it for my son, who asked me in disappointment
“Daddy, why didn’t you teach me Spanish? I’d be speaking two languages today”

I wrote it because when I was their age
I hid the fact that I understood the lunch ladies and janitors
because none of my G/T classmates would have ever talked to “those people”

So now I’m writing it for them
and their sons and their daughters and my tios and my tias
y toda la gente de mi barrio quienes trabajan en la labor
so they can pick the lettuce and tomatoes that go into your—taco salad?

Maybe…it’s for the Selenas out there who can sing “Como la flor…” but can’t speak the language they are singing
for Hispanics in Hollywood typecast as gang members, janitors pool-cleaners, landscapers, housekeepers

For el Chavo del Ocho, Univision 41,
all 108 restaurants in the great metropolitan area with “Jalisco” in their name
Los 43 de Ayotzinapa who still have not been found
12.4 million Latinos that did not vote in the last election
and the 30% border patrol agents who claim to be Hispanic, keeping their own cousins in cages but I sure as hell didn’t write it for you

It’s for anyone that’s ever been laughed at for saying sangwich or liberry or picza had their name butchered by some pinche gringo that didn’t even want to try because there is no escoos for that
It’s for being told to speak American, on this soil
where we rolled tortillas before we broke bread

There was a Santa Fe before there was a Plymouth Rock There was an El Paso before there was a Philadelphia
There was a San Antonio before there was a Washington DC

And I did not write this poem for you!

I wrote it for me
I wrote it for toda mi gente
Eddie Vega

Tears of a King

Ink on Magazine Article
November 2020
Susan Michael Sorensen