IAA Hispanic Art Panel Discussion October 12

In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, the Irving Art Association is hosting an online program devoted to Hispanic Art and Artists.

Latinx artists in the Dallas-Fort Worth area are invited to participate in this free Zoom Panel Discussion. IAA members are also invited.

Monday, October 12, 2020 7-9pm FREE

Join via Zoom


Some discussion topics
Identity as a Latino/a artist. Why or why not?
As a Latino Artist how you interact with the large DFW Cultural Arts?
Barriers to getting your art seen?
What recommendations would you have to help the Latino artist community in the DFW area?  

Panel Members:
Moderator Jose Angel Hernandez, Alfredo Santesteban, Frankie Garcia III, Leticia Garcia, and Rueben Contreras

About the Panel

Jose Angel Hernandez, Artist, Art Instructor, and Moderator
Jose Angel Hernandez was born in Puerto Rico and raised in the Northeast of the United States. Jose earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and spent most of his adult life in Corporate America as a trainer and consultant in the automotive industry. It was not until his midlife, at turn of the 20th century, that he developed a passion for the arts. Jose is mostly a self-taught artist and started his art career in Los Angeles, CA and currently reside in Denton County, TX. Jose is best known for his 3D Mixed Media Art. Jose’s favorite subjects are animal, abstract portraits, and conceptual art. For more information visit: http://www.wordsandcolors.net

Frankie Garcia III, Artist, Curator, and Art Consultant
Frankie Garcia III is an Artist, a Curator and an Arts Advisor. Frankie originally founded FGIII Fine Art Productions in the year 2000 as an umbrella cooperative dedicated to establishing unity within the Dallas independent art community as well as instilling purpose and vision into the work of the individual artist. Since then, Frankie has been determined to nurture his passion for culture, love for the arts and obligation to his community into a professional art career.
Over the past 20 years, FGIII Fine Art Productions has developed into a full-service, comprehensive art advisory company. “We promote the work of emerging, mid-career and established artists through curated arts and culture programming with a concentration on producing high-caliber fine art shows and exhibitions as well as managing residential and commercial art projects. We’re committed to empowering our artists with the necessary professional assets to drive the growth of their business and create worth through their artistic practice.”
Frankie has refined his strengths and secured his position within the art industry. He’s had the opportunity to work with noted and established companies like D Magazine, North Texas Business Council for the Arts, Lincoln Property Company, Granite Properties, Air Sea Packing and Matthews Southwest. These business relationships have provided FGIII Fine Art Productions with a direct connection to producing exceptional Dallas local art for permanent Dallas development projects. For more information visit: https://www.fgiiifineartproductions.com/

Ruben Contreras, Award winning artist and art instructor
Ruben Contreras was born in Guatemala, the oldest of fourteen brothers and sisters. At an early age, he began to develop his artistic talent. He now lives in Grand Prairie, Texas, with his wife and children. The subject of much of his art reveals his passion for nature. His paintings are done primarily in acrylic, and he exhibits great skill in capturing realistic images and emotional content. Reuben is a member of the Arlington Visual Arts Association as well as IAA and regularly teaches painting to private students. He also teaches workshops through the Irving Art Association. He actively exhibits his work and has won awards in juried art competitions in Arlington, DeSoto, Irving, Midlothian, and Granbury. Check out his video channel on Youtube where he demonstrates his art skills: https://www.youtube.com/user/maverick4578/featured

Alfredo Santesteban (ALSANTE), Artist and Non-Fiction Writer
Alfredo Santesteban (ALSANTE) is an artist, physician (retired), and non-fiction writer. He was originally from Rosario, Argentina where he was born in 1936. At the age of 30, he moved to the United States where he pursued medical training. After completing his medical studies, he began his own private practice in Illinois, and then in 1980, he moved to Texas (Dallas/Forth Worth Metroplex).
As a youngster in Argentina, he took drawing classes and was always tinkering with drawing and painting with tempera. He started a comic strip but had to stop due to obligations from regular school. All throughout his years in school and even in his medical practice he was always sketching, doodling, etc.
After retiring from his pediatric practice in 2007, having more free time, his artistic interests were reignited. He started a full-time career drawing and painting with great enthusiasm.
Ten years later, he has produced a variety of art pieces. Alfredo Santesteban (ALSANTE) spends his time in his studio, constantly searching for ideas and finding inspiration in things that are unique to him.
He is currently a member of the Visual Art League of Lewisville, Texas, Visual Art Society of Texas, Irving Art Association and Creative Art Center of Dallas, Texas. Outside of his area, he belongs to the Abstract Art Association.org, Contemporary Art Society.org and American Abstract Artists.org For more information visit http://www.alsantefineart.com

Leticia Garcia (Lety), Artist and art instructor
Leticia Garcia (Lety) was born in México. She is the oldest of seven siblings and is immensely proud of her Mexican culture and Latin roots. Since her childhood, she always knew she was going to be an artist. After completing a technical career, at the age of 18, she moved to the United States looking for a better future. She studied English and obtained her GED that opened unimaginable doors for her. Lety’s faith and perseverance kept the childhood dream alive.
Lety is a self-taught artist who started her art career in 2005 by sketching, drawing, and practicing pencil and charcoal portraits. In 2007 she was able to expand her horizon when she got a job working for the Irving Independent School District (IISD) as a Campus Auxiliary Officer. At the present continues working for IISD and is a bilingual instructor at the Irving Art Association Community Fine Arts and Online Art Classes. Lety’s favorite phrase is “Do not leave for tomorrow what you can do today.” Follow Lety on Facebook; El Arte De Lety, Instagram; lety.arte, Youtube; Leticia Garcia Arts & Crafts

IAA Cultural Art Panel Discussion Series

The Irving Art Association (IAA) has created programs that are inclusive of all the all cultures and communities in the Irving/DFW area. With this event, IAA is beginning a series of online discussion panels on art issues relevant to different cultural groups in the area. The free panels will be hosted online using Zoom.

Future art panels in the online series will highlight Native Americans, Indian/South Asian, Persian Art, Black History, and more. Dates TBA. For more information, contact Michele Quarton at development@irvingartassociation. To receive announcements, subscribe to IAA Updates.

Irving is a multicultural Texas city of a quarter million in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. It contains one of the most diverse zip codes in the nation (75038).