Written by Ed Osborn
On Oct. 24, Oct. 31 and Nov. 7, printmaker and artist-in-residence Ramón Vargas Ártiz of Havana, Cuba, will be conducting two master printmaking classes each day. Class I is from noon to 2:45 p.m., while class II is from 7-9:45 p.m. Both classes are in the Printmaking Studio in Shafer Hall 207.
These hands-on workshops are on reduction printmaking ("taco perdido)," a technique using a single printmaking plate. Reservations are required; to register, contact Professor Imna Arroyo at (860) 465-5209 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ramón Vargas Ártiz's is a graduate of the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes, San Alejandro. His recent works include a series of reduction prints based on Bantu philosophy and its harmony with nature. His work is informed by African spirituality, particularly Bantú/Congo-based religions and their philosophical and aesthetic legacy in the African Diaspora. Vargas Ártiz's scholarship and artwork are devoted to recovering the visual language of the Bantu/Congo culture and reinterpreting it in a contemporary context. Vargas Ártiz has exhibited worldwide and his works are in major collections in Latin America and Europe. His residency is sponsored by Eastern Connecticut State University, BOZart, LLC, City Lights Gallery and the Hispanic Alliance of Southeastern Connecticut/MS17 Initiative.