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Arturo Romero

“Siempre Juntos”
Original Medium: Painting
Website: twitter.com/arturomero2
Location of box art: 15th & Q Streets

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Arturo Romero was born in Southern California and is currently working out of Sacramento, CA. His work has been in local competitions, displayed in galleries and exhibitions including : The Temp, Raw Artist, Blue Lamp, Sac Fine Arts Center, and Stashcity.com (a Sacramento-based street fashion site). He is participating in a number of public projects, collaborating locally, and growing his base of private collectors of his custom paintings. Romero is also a regular participant in Sacramento’s Second Saturday events.

Artist Statement

The goal behind most of my artwork is to positively stimulate the viewer’s mind by using bright, bold colors and patterns. I aim to spark the curiosity and imagination, no matter the age. For this particular project, ancient designs inspired a piece that represents the union of man with his fellow animals, deliberately engaging the viewer to walk around the utility box, capturing there sense of wonder at whats around the corner. The title translates into
“Together Forever” my contribution to Sacramento’s art scene. Public projects of this nature are critical to a communities identity. I am both proud and humbled to do my part for this wonderful city.

Jim Piskoti

Original Medium: Acrylic Paint
Website: www.jimpiskoti.com
“Night Rhythms” & “Giant Orange” (above)
Location of box art: 8th & Capitol Ave

“Figures Passing” & “Toast” (below, click image to enlarge)
Location of box art: 16th & L Streets

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Combining the traditional medium of acrylic paint with new technology, motorized parts, and LED lights, Piskoti’s works border on satire, while commenting on important social issues ranging from the death penalty to America’s eating habits.

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After receiving his Masters in Art from Yale University, Jim Piskoti taught painting and printmaking at the California State University, Stanislaus in Turlock until his recent retirement in 2005.  His large-scale paintings are meticulous depictions of the darker side of California life.  Interactivity plays a key role in his mixed media work, as viewers activate sensors that set the work in motion.  Since the audience becomes physically engaged with his ‘hands on’ work, they are forced to contemplate their own lifestyle choices and their relationship to Piskoti’s subjects.

Breaking from the typical rectangular format, Piskoti paints on wood and shapes each surface to suit the activities of his characters.  Although Piskoti touches on difficult issues such as environmental destruction, social inequalities, and America’s dependence on technology, his work remains playful, as seen in his use of bright, pop art colors.  His dynamic art is a testament to the fast paced life of the average American, in perpetual motion through challenging urban and suburban settings.

Piskoti’s painting titled, “Justice” is on display in the Crocker Art Museum’s The Californian art collection.

Janine Mapurunga

“Welcome home” (above)
Original Medium: Photography
Website: www.mapurunga.com
Location of box art: 16th & K Streets

“Who does your food come from? De quién viene su comida”
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Original Medium: Photography
Website: www.sacramentofarmersandchefs.com
Location of box art: 9th & Capitol Ave

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Janine Mapurunga is a native of northeastern Brazil. She grew up between Fortaleza, a bustling coastal metropolis, and Viçosa do Ceará, a small country town nestled atop forested mountains. This duality greatly influenced her decision to leave home at the age of 16 and embark in the series of movements that her life would become. The starting point was California, where she pursued undergraduate studies and developed a career in photography. At the Sacramento City College she discovered documentary photography through the work of Andy DeLucia and at UC Davis she was exposed to the study of culture and belief through theories founded in anthropology. Her teaching career began at the Sacramento City College where, at age 23, she was both the first woman and youngest instructor to teach in the photography department. While pursuing graduate work at the University of Barcelona, she began to discover the possibilities that can spring when combining documentary photography, installation, video and poetry.

Her first documentary project involving video took place in Sri Lanka, where she lived in a secluded village in the rainforest for 6 months. Since then her work has taken her to Costa Rica, the Canary Islands, Spain, Italy, and back to Brazil. Today Janine divides her time between creating commissioned photography work and developing documentary projects in the United States and abroad.

Artist Statement

If you asked me to choose one word by which to define my work, I would choose Storytelling.

A curiosity about the human condition and an eagerness to connect with others are the main driving forces behind my work. In my projects I provide an opportunity for people to tell their story and, in so doing, I establish a connection with them.

Brenda Louie

“Rivers United Series 2014-001”
Original Medium: Oil on canvass
Website: http://brendalouie.wordpress.com
Location of box art: 7th & N Streets

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Brenda Louie was born in China. She received her BA degree in Economics and MA degree in Studio Art from California State University in Sacramento (CSUS) and Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degree from Stanford University in 1993.

Brenda currently teaches studio art in the art department at CSUS; Brenda has been a visiting artist in several institutions including Northern Illinois University in 2012.

Louie is a painter as well as an art installation artist. Her works consistently demonstrate uniqueness in fusing both western and eastern aesthetics and thoughts.

Her large format paintings and art installations have been exhibited nationally and internationally including Crocker Art Museum, Nelson Art Gallery in UC Davis, Zhejiang Museum in Hangzhou, P.R. China. Her art has been collected by private sectors as well as public institutions such as Wickland Oil Corporation in California, Farhat Art Museum in Beirut, Lebanon and Ningbo University in Ningbo, China as well as CSU, Sacramento.

A retrospective exhibition of work of Brenda Louie will be held at the CSUS Library Annex Gallery in Fall 2015. A catalogue of Louie’s works will be published in Summer 2014 with essays contributed by six international scholars.  She is invited to present her solo show at the Kenneth B Gallery in Florence , Oregon in August 2014. Louie’s new work is included in an invitational show, Bloom, at the Pence Gallery, Davis, California in March 2014.

Artist Statement

“The Rivers United Series 2014-002”, was created in response to the Sacramento State University’s One Word One World Initiative 2012 campus-wide event to the scientific and poetic interpretation of the word “water”. Furthermore, this work was inspired and intensified by the artists concerns of the safety in drinking water while I was working with international artists in Beijing in the summer of 2012.

I intentionally use blue palette in concert with methodological naturalistic painting techniques of flowers and contemporary painting attitude to create a visual experience that is to draw attention for collaborative efforts to promote and preserve safe water and clean air for all to enjoy. The positive visual presentation of this work symbolizes the optimism and the mutual desire that lead to the ultimate triumph of global efforts.

William Ishmael

“With Age comes Wisdom” (working title)
Original Medium: rusted steel plates
Website:  www.iamishmael.com
Location of box art: 16th & Capitol Ave

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William Ishmael has been a painter for the last 25 years, beginning with watercolor landscapes and progressing to large abstracts utilizing latex paint, sand, organic materials, and the natural elements of the weather to achieve the weathered, multilayered effects on many of his canvases.  His primary focus has been on commissioned work and he has an outstanding list of clients and is widely praised for the way in which his paintings enhance his client’s homes and offices.

William’s accomplishments include being named Sacramento Art and Business Council’s “Artist of the Year” for 2011 and, in 2014,  having his 9 foot by 12 foot work “Wholeness and Fragmentation” accepted by SMAC for permanent installation in the Sacramento County Administration Building.

Artist Statement

My art is typically abstract and spontaneous, occasionally bright and colorful and often reflecting effects of oxidation and corrosion.   The intention is to develop a multi-layered, rich texture reflected even in an image of the work, which hopefully induces the viewer to ponder.  To achieve this effect I often paint in the outdoors, or simulate the outdoors, to reflect the conditions of the time the painting was being done — whether that is wind, rain, fog, or searing summer heat.  They are done incorporating latex paint, American River sand, iron filings, acid, clay, water, and/or rust.

Erik Hosino

“Japanese Catfish” (above)
Original Medium: Pen & Ink/Digital
Website: erikhosino.com
Location of box art: 3rd & Capitol

“Thief” (below, click to enlarge)
Original Medium: Pen & Ink/Digital
Website: erikhosino.com
Location of box art: 16th & Q

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Erik Hosino was born in Spokane, Washington in 1980. After a number of career-related moves, Erik’s family relocated when he was an infant to Sacramento-a place that would become “home”. Erik began creating art at a young age and never stopped. Over the years he has been recognized for different art awards, including a Sacramento Gold Addy  and a Regional (West Coast) Silver Addy. In his spare time, he paints for local shows and partakes in local events including Sacramento’s annual “Chalk It Up” festival.

Artist Statement

Art is my life.

When I was a small child, my mother would often come home from her job at DMV with reams of computer paper—the perforated kind with holes running down the sides. At a very young age, I made it my life’s sole mission to unremittingly fill every square inch of that paper with crayon and marker. Born unto those pages were countless superheoes, comics and theme park master plans.

Not a lot has changed over the years. I am now, by day, a graphic designer. It’s the perfect fit for me because I love creating as much as I love problem-solving. In the evenings, I moonlight a bit as an illustrator. The designer in me informs the illustrator and vice-versa. I work in several mediums including ink, watercolor, acrylic and digital. Because I approach illustration with the same pragmatism I do design, my medium is often dictated by the subject matter, tone and canvas.

As a new dad, I look forward to the challenges of parenting as well as the many ways that fatherhood will undoubtedly sculpt me as an artist and as a person.