Mexican Printmaker to Visit Duke, Durham to Celebrate Day of the Dead

Sergio Sanchez Santamaria will visit Durham Oct. 21-29

Mexican artist Sánchez Santamaría will begin a residency this week, teaching at Duke and local schools.

Sergio Sánchez Santamaría, one of Mexico’s foremost printmakers, will visit Duke and the Durham community Oct. 21-29 to celebrate the Day of the Dead in North Carolina.

Sánchez Santamaría is a muralist, illustrator and printmaker who has taught and exhibited in the United States, Europe and Russia. The Frederic Jameson Gallery in the Friedl Building will display an exhibit of his works, “Printing Realities,” from Oct. 27-Dec. 9. An opening reception is 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, in the gallery, and is free and open to the public.

Sánchez Santamaría will teach at Duke, the Durham School of the Arts and Durham Technical Community College, and will make a limited edition linocut print for Supergraphic, a printmaking studio located in Durham’s Golden Belt complex. He will also create an original mural for the Mural Durham Festival at the Duke Arts Annex, from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22.

“Sergio Sánchez is a genuinely Mexican artist,” said Robert Healy, an art collector and professor emeritus at the Nicholas School of the Environment. “He is an innovator, but his work also honors the great tradition of José Guadalupe Posada and the other great printmakers of the 20th century.”

Miguel Rojas-Sotelo, curator of Latin American art at the Duke Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, said Sanchez Santamaria’s work honors a tradition of Mexican aesthetics that was born out of the 1810 revolution, and connects the modern nation with its ancestral history.

In addition to creating a mural with Duke students at the Arts Annex, he will conduct a workshop for public school educators at the John Hope Franklin Center on Oct. 22.

Sánchez Santamaría will visit art, art history and creative writing classes at Durham School of the Arts, culminating in the DSA Fall Art Festival Día de los Muertos 2016 on Saturday, Oct 29, from 6-9 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

He will also demonstrate the art of linocut relief printmaking in Duke and Durham Tech art classes throughout the week and present his limited run of prints at a community artist gathering at Supergraphic, a print lab and artist space operated by Bill Fick, visiting assistant professor of Art, Art History and Visual Studies at Duke. The event is 6-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, in Golden Belt (807 E. Main St., Durham) and is open to the public.

This residency is supported by the Vice Provost of the Arts at Duke, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Duke University Libraries, the Durham School of the Arts, and Durham Technical Community College.

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