Image: photo of Peace Dove statue
Located at the park in Myrnam, Alberta, Canada. The word
"Myrnam" translated from Ukrainian means "Peace to Us"
Image title: Organizer
Melanie Cervantes creates a powerful visual language to declare that a peaceful, sustainable and just world is possible. She is an artist trained by library books, family, peers and experimentation. Producing her work in various mediums including pen and ink, acrylic, screenprinting, embroidery, fiber arts, and spraypainted stencils Melanie infuses her indigenous internationalist worldview, spirituality and politic into all her art. She views her art practice as an important component of a growing social movement for global social justice. Her art moves those viewed as marginal to the center and features empowered youth, elders, women, queers, indigenous peoples and communities of color. As a member of the artist-activist gallery Taller Tupac Amaru she produces political posters in collaboration with grassroots organizing efforts that are working to build collective power. Following the tradition of such artists as Juana Alicia, Malaquias Montoya, Judy Baca, Emory Douglas, La Mujeres Muralistas and Diego Rivera- Melanie has made a life long commitment to being an artist for the people.
Image title: Rock the Bells - Rage Against the Machine
Jesus Barraza is an activist
printmaker and digital artist based in the San Leandro, California. Using
bold colors and high contrast images his prints reflect both his local and
global community and their resistance in a struggle to create a new world.
Barraza’s work continues the tradition of graphic art in the spirit
of Jose Gaudalupe Posada, OSSPAL and Juan R. Fuentes.
In 1998 Barraza was a co-founder of ten12, a collective of digital artists. He has also worked as Graphic Designer for the Mission Cultural Center/Mission Grafica, where Calixto Robles, Juan R. Fuentes and Michael Roman mentored Barraza in various screen printing methods. In 2003, he co-founded the Taller Tupac Amaru printing studio to foster resurgence in the screen printing medium, where he has complete over 100 prints. Additionally he is a partner at Tumis Inc. , a bilingual design studio helping to integrate art with emerging technologies.
In Ukraine sunflowers are a symbol of peace and kindness.