REVIEW: Legacy converges at ‘Sueño de Familia’ exhibit

Playing the tune—During the exhibit, the piano played by Mark Gutierrez. The piano was passed down to Yolanda Gonzalez from her grandmother. The duo Double Sharp played later that night. CN/ Gustavo Buenrostro

By Gustavo Buenrostro

Generations came together in the art exhibit “Yolanda Gonzalez: Sueno De Familia/ Dream of Family” on Friday with portrait’s spanning 150 years at the Vincent Price Art Museum.

The majority of the paintings in the exhibit are portraits from Yolanda Gonzalez with other pieces of art from other members of her family. 

They include Gonzalez’s mother, Yolanda Lopez Gonzalez, Gonzalez’ås grandmother, Margarita Lopez Ibarra, Gonzalez’s great grandfather, Juan Nepomuceno Lopez and Gonzalez’s niece, Lauren Stacia Gonzalez. 

Gonzalez was taught to paint by her grandmother Lopez Ibarra then went to school at the Art Center College of Design. 

magic and skulls—The ceramics of a unicorn surrounded by skulls created by Lauren Stacia Gonzalez. CN/ Gustavo Buenrostro

She then went to Self Help Graphics & Art where she developed her artistic style even more. Self Help Graphics and arts is an arts center located in East Los Angeles that help people of Latino origin in the arts.

Many of her exhibits have been shown around the world in Africa, England, France, Italy, Japan, Russia, Spain, Scotland and Mexico.

“Gonzalez is known for her bold paintings using oils and acrylics, and for her vibrant watercolors, printmaking and ceramics. 

“Her practice primarily focuses on the figure, with an emphasis on images of women,” according to VPAM website.

Lopez Gonzalez has some of her ceramics displayed at the exhibit. According to the VPAM website, Lopez Gonzalez took up ceramics at the age of 83. 

Stacia Gonzalez has paintings displayed in the exhibits.

family legacy—Director Pilar Rivas Thompkins (right) talks about the works of Yolanda Gonzalez, Lauren Stacia Gonzalez and Yolanda Lopez Gonzalez. CN/ Gustavo Buenrostro

“It’s amazing that I can share this with my family. I am honored to be a part of this exhibit and excited to have all these generations of family members be in one room,” Stacia Gonzalez said.   

At the opening reception, there was a piano in the exhibit that was played by pianist Mark Gutierrez. Gonzalez says the piano was actually passed down to her by her grandmother. 

She said that her grandmother worked hard to get the piano. 

A piano duo called Double Sharp also performed for Gonzalez and her family at the exhibit. 

The names of the pianists are Natasha Marin and Maria Demina.

Gonzalez said she was honored to be at the VPAM and thanked everyone for being there in support of her and her family.

The exhibit will run through VPAM until March 14. 

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