Throughout 2012 and 2013, I developed various pieces depicting the monarch butterfly, which has been adopted by various migrant rights organizations, artists, and lovers of justice. For me, the butterfly symbolizes the right that living beings have to freely move.
I created 100’s of butterflies on posters, costumes, prints, and drawings. I decided to change things up a bit and combine two mediums to create individually colored butterflies. In this piece, I start with printing the butterfly from a linoleum block using oil based inks, and then add watercolor and color pencil lines in a loose fashion in order to create a dye effect.
You will notice that the butterflies each include a human profile, to uplift the resiliency, courage, and determination of migrants who come in search of their dreams. Each butterfly is hard printed and hand colored, and there is only one like it.
You can find them on my online art store.
Bay Area family, check out this Butterfly Art Workshop at Plaza de la Raza going down on Saturday June 15th. It’s in conjunction with the current exhibition on display “Empujando Tinta.” Please RSVP for the workshop by emailing Julio Salgado: email@example.com
More than a 100 Artists, Musicians, Writers, Filmmakers, Comedians, Producers, and Performers are Calling on President Obama and Congress to Pass Just and Humane Immigration Reform!
Members of the creative community who are speaking out for humane reform include Russell Banks, W. Kamau Bell, Ross Bleckner, Margaret Cho, Teju Cole, Chuck D, Rosario Dawson, Zack De La Rocha, Junot Díaz, Abigail E. Disney, Dave Eggers, Shepard Fairey, Eric Fischl, John Leguizamo, Yo-Yo Ma, Mira Nair, Robert Redford, R.E.M., The Roots, Sarah Silverman, Jose Antonio Vargas, Colson Whitehead, and many more!!
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Art by Ray Hernandez