Mariita’s Kitchen/La Cocinita de Mariita
works by Pablo Soto Campoamor
OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION
Friday | May 5th
630p – 10p
Free + Every Body Welcome
RSVP Requested HERE! – http://bit.ly/2pr0zow
For many of us in the Latin & African diaspora, the kitchen is more than a collection of plates, utensils, appliances, foods, and spices. Kitchens often double as a magical sanctuary space. A space where the sounds and smells of food serve as a portal to our ancestral lands, our family histories, our cultural identity.
Cuban-American artist, Pablo Soto Campoamor presents an intimate collection of paintings that pay homage to his grandmother, Mariita, and the food, stories, jokes, songs, and the imaginary landscape that she cultivated in her grandson’s creative mind, and soul. This show is a celebration of culture, music, ancestry, spirits, and memory. Ordinary elements encased in a crashing symphony of color, rhythm, and pattern.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Pablo Soto Campoamor
I am the son of Cuban immigrants, the first of my family to be born in the United States. Both of my parents are from Havana, but the family roots spread across the island. I grew up in Miami, spent time with my family in Havana, and finally settled in the East Bay area. These three places figure prominently in my work. Spending long periods of time with my family in Cuba had a profound effect on my identity.
Art has always been a central part of my life. My first formal teacher was my stepmother, Maria Lino. At eight I had my first job as her apprentice, painting life-size replicas of iconic western artwork for houses being sold. For ten years I painted graffiti on public and private walls as a founding member of DAM727 crew (the second oldest graffiti crew in Miami). Later I shifted from the spray-can to the pencil and brush. I have been teaching visual art, and traditional Afro-Cuban music in Oakland, and San Francisco for over 20 years. The Bay Area has been my home for over 25 years.