Presa House

Presa House
16
/ Dec
Saturday
2017

Free Entry

Presa House

Venue
Presa House
Location
725 S. Presa, San Antonio, Texas 78210
Time
06:00 pm - 11:00 pm

 

Presa House is pleased to announce their final exhibition of the 2017 calendar year. Making his Texas debut, Presa House is proud to welcome Los Angeles-based artist Benjie Escobar. He’ll be joined by San Antonio artists Sabrina Alfaro aka ‘Xingona Prints’ and Gilbert Martinez aka ‘For Real.’ Each artist will have new works, prints, and merch just in time for the holidays. The exhibitions will run from December 16 – December 31, 2017, with an Opening Reception on Saturday, December 16 from 6 to 11 pm with music provide by ***ModSnap Radio DJ’s AXE6 (their youngest Dj at age 10), Charlie, Cogswell, Dantes Prayer, and Dj P.

***Recently ModSnap Radio and Presa House Gallery were nominated by San Antonio Magazine readers in their annual Best of the City 2018. ModSnap has been nominated for Best Radio Station while Presa House was nominated for Best Art Gallery. The two have teamed up to encourage guests to cast their votes for the respective parties the night of their opening reception.

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Sabrina Alfaro: Trust

Known widely by the pseudonym ‘Xingona Prints,’ artist and printmaker Sabrina Alfaro was born in San Antonio in 1988. A 2015 Cum Laude graduate from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a Bachelor’s of Fine Art, Alfaro has steadily built a presence in the city’s arts scene. Her works have been featured in galleries throughout Texas including Clamplight Studio, Lullwood Studio, and Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin, TX. Xingona is a word used in the Latin-X culture to describe a person that conquers adversity, works hard, and is unapologetic, Alfaro adapted the nickname Xingona to characterize the risk-taking and boundary-pushing in her artwork, as well as her drive and hustle as an artist. Additionally, Alfaro has served as a printmaking instructor for youth artists throughout San Antonio, including San Anto Cultural Arts, SAY Si, and Southwest School of Art. In 2016 Alfaro assisted in organizing and curating Paper Trail SA, an open art market dedicated to artists selling paper goods.

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Benjie Escobar: Aqui No Mas

An accomplished Los Angeles-based artist, Benjie Escobar’s work and his aesthetic reference an expansive collection of influences including his childhood in Pomona, the 90s, raves, lowrider culture, streetwear, graffiti, typography, illustration and graphic design, all viewed through the lens of Chicano art tinged with snarkish humor. His latest work is focused on repurposing, reimagining, and updating iconic Chicano & Latino characters as well as works that showcase his signature hand-inked lettering. The collection, as Escobar explains, “embodies some of the deeper meanings” in his rocky personal journey over past year as he achieved new highs and lows in the realms of love and finances. Escobar’s work has been featured in group and solo exhibitions both nationally and internationally, and has been published in numerous magazines and clothing labels. In addition, Escobar also curates exhibitions, builds vintage Schwinn Stingrays, invents new zine genres, and art-directs gourmet burger festivals.

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Gilbert Martinez: Things I Draw at Night

Chances are if you’re walking around town you’ve probably seen Gilbert Martinez’s work. A native of San Antonio, Martinez aka ‘For Real’ is an prolific artist, illustrator and printmaker. Best known for his sticker art and screen-prints, Martinez has recently transformed his unique illustrations from slap up stickers to skateboards, posters, printed apparel and more. As a youth, Martinez discovered skateboarding and art simultaneously, and both have continued to be major influences for him. Martinez’s work is inspired by his environment both present and past, often blending humor with childhood references from television, movies, and popular culture.

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