February 16th, 2013 - Chicago, IL
HER STORY:Marlene Anzaldua was born Marlene Zapata to immigrant parents in 1982. She moved to the Chicago area after the death of her father. She was raised in the Pilsen neighborhood where a grammar school teacher first exposed her to the world of art. Anzaldua is a self-taught abstract artist who believes that her art should speak for itself rather than words. She works predominantly in the medium of painting.
HER ARTWORK: She considers herself a "modern to abstract" artist and painter. She says her work is derived from painting the world as she sees and feels it, in contrast to common worldviews. Her most recent piece of art would be a 36" X 36" canvas she titled, "Humanity."
HER INVOLVEMENT: Anzaldua has exhibited her art at "The Lost Artist Show in Chicago." She has also donated art to "Mujeres Latinas en Accion" (Latina Women Artists in Action), a nonprofit organization that she said helped to empower her. In November of 2012, she held her first art show and recalls it as a very significant moment in her art career.
HER PASSION:She said painting is her passion because it was her way of acheiving self-expression.
HER DREAM: She aspires to expose her work in a museum one day. Her dream is to have her name be recognized by the art community.
HER INSPIRATION: She credits her grammar school art teacher, the late Mr. Francisco Mendoza, for inspiring her to love art when he told her, "It's your art-even if no one likes it."
HER WEBSITE:www.MarleneAnzalduaGallery.com and www.facebook.com/MAnzalduaGallery.com .
- Interviewed by Wendy Moncada