Rene Almanza: Mapa Cartel

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, October 07, 2009
Rene Almanza is a superior draftsman hailing from Monterrey, Mexico. Almanza’s work focuses on introspection, while also serving as an assiduous glance into his surroundings. Thankfully, his newest works are now part of a beautiful collection titled Mapa Cartel.

Rene Almanza Solo at FIFTY24MX

Juxtapoz // Monday, August 10, 2009
René Almanza (Juxtapoz #98) is the next artist armed with a solo show for Mexico City’s FIFTY24MX Gallery.  Opening this Friday, August 14th, René promises to unveil a new collection of works guaranteed to please.

Walrus TV Features Rene Almanza

Juxtapoz // Monday, February 09, 2009
Born in the town of Nuevo León in Mexico in 1979, Rene Almanza began his work during his teenage years in the first underground comic books, fanzines and newspapers of Monterrey, Mexico, as well as poster making. Later, he became responsible for illustrations of the cultural section of the El Norte Newspaper where Almanza received many awards for his work in editorial illustration.  Rene Almanza is also a founding member of Gallery Art Crocodile, independent spaces dedicated to the dissemination of visual art. On that note, in this week’s Walrus TV release, Rene Almanza discusses the secret to making his illustrations vibrant and full of life. Using continuous lines to help explain the energy in his work, he shares why he uses an organic technique to allow the ideas behind his work to take shape as he gives it form. Watch the video to learn more about his craft, and his thoughts on the new emerging artist movement. More on Rene Almanza at www.renealmanza.net

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, January 06, 2009
111 Minna Gallery is kicking off ’09 in presenting a stellar group show, entitled First Things First. An exhibition showcasing both well-established and emerging talents, First Things First will open this Thursday, January 8, 2009 with many of the artists in attendance. “Our aim is to present a number of promising young artists side by side with established talent that have both been underexposed in the Bay Area,” states The Gallery. “The collection has been assembled by 111 Minna Gallery Curator Gabe Scott, 111 Minna Associate Curator Jay Howell and former Upper Playground Associate Curator Lainya Magana. A fresh perspective on two-dimensional creations will be represented from the United States, Brazil, Germany, Slovenia and Australia and will encompass painting, collage, architectural design as well as street installations.” First Things First will feature work by: Ryan Bubnis (Portland, OR), Robert Hardgrave (Seattle, WA), Clynton Lowry (San Francisco, CA), Nicole Hagen (San Francisco, CA), James Blagdon (New York, NY), Taska Cleveland (Los Angeles, CA), Kelly Ording (San Francisco, CA), Mario Wagner (Cologne, Germany), Rafael Sliks (Sao Paolo, Brazil), Sarah Spitler (San Francisco, CA), Jacob Magraw (Los Angeles, CA), Yellana James (Portland, OR), and Rene Almanza (Oaxaca, Mexico). Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to check out some great work by established artists Ryan Bubnis (work shown above) and Robert Hardgrave (below left) and Taska Cleveland (below right) along with pieces by the rising artistic talents you may be seeing much more of in the future. Details on First Things First at www.111minnagallery.com

Therapy Dropout and Descriptive Verse Open Tomorrow at FIFTY24SF

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, July 02, 2008
Tomorrow night, July 3rd, marks the opening reception for Therapy Dropout, the solo exhibit by German street artist Hera (the female half of the German street art duo, Herakut) as well as Descriptive Verse, the two-man show featuring the works of Ala Ebtekar and Rene Almanza. Both shows open from 7-9:30 pm at FIFTY24SF Gallery in San Francisco. Hera’s new works in Therapy Dropout (above) reflect her use of graffiti as an outlet for her restlessness, as she believes quitting regular therapy helped preserve her creativity. Ala Ebtekar (Bay Area) and Rene Almanza (Mexico) will offer new collections of works on paper, drawings and paintings in Descriptive Verse (below.) The works illuminate a subtle commentary on their culture, human interaction, their similarities in their use of the figure, and a strong attention to their line work.  

"Therapy Dropout" by Hera at FIFTY24SF

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, June 25, 2008
FIFTY24SF Gallery in San Francisco announces the opening of Therapy Dropout, an exhibition by German street artist Hera (the female half of Herakut) in their ground level gallery space (Descriptive Verse by Ala Ebtekar and Rene Almanza will simultaneously occupy the upper level gallery.) Therapy Dropout, Hera’s first solo show, will showcase a new body of work including paintings, drawings and installation. Hera’s new works reflect her use of graffiti as an outlet for her restlessness. Using graffiti as a method to reach out to people that would otherwise not listen to her, as well as a form of therapy, Hera believes quitting her “regular therapy” saved her creativity. “If you paint what you feel, you drag it out of yourself and put it in front of you, where you can see it and deal with it. Once that’s done you can turn your back on it and leave it behind. Others will eventually paint over it, but that doesn’t matter, because you had never planned on keeping it anyway. You’re moving on. That’s it,” states Hera of the meaning behind her Therapy Dropout exhibit. Hell yeah. Why pay a shrink to solve your problems when you can spray your issues all over the place and have others deal with them for you? Therapy Dropout opens Thursday, July 3rd at FIFTY24SF and will remain up thru July 24th. Say goodbye to your therapist and come get healed with Hera.

"Descriptive Verse" by Ala Ebtekar and Rene Almanza

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, June 25, 2008
FIFTY24SF Gallery in San Francisco announces the opening of Descriptive Verse, a two-man show featuring the works of Ala Ebtekar (Bay Area) and Rene Almanza (Mexico.) Through Descriptive Verse both artists will offer new collections of works on paper, drawings, and paintings. The works illuminate a subtle commentary on their culture, human interaction, their similarities in their use of the figure, and a strong attention to their line work.   Ebtekar describes his works as visual narratives that are a “crossroad where present day events meet mythology.” He also seeks to create “unkown” or “unfinished” moments with his pieces; therefore the stories he creates offer many interpretations or outcomes. Almanza’s work focuses on introspection, while also being an assiduous glance into his surroundings. “My inspiration comes from almost everything, I'm trying to condensate in my drawings what is happening to my surroundings, its aesthetics and authenticity. Every living moment seduces me to portrait it in its more absolute context, that is what I try to do,” comments Almanza. Descriptive Verse opens Thursday, July 3rd and will remain on view thru July 24th. Catch some Descriptive Verses before they're gone.
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