Changarreando with Robby Riojas: Instagram Takeover

Nov. 3, 2021

Nov. 3, 2021 @ 12:00 pm Nov. 30, 2021 @ 7:00 pm

Cover image artwork: (Closeup) Robby Riojas, Transmission of Customs, 2018, Mosaic, 36” x 60”

Support our November 2021 Changarreando Artist, Robby Riojas, as we adapt the program to an exciting feature: “Changarreando”. In the spirit of Changarrito, the pop-up mobile art gallery where artists can sell their work to the public, Changarreando with Robby Riojas allows the artist to bring their work to you. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for updates on original work available for purchase as well as behind the scenes of the artist’s work, space, and creative process. 

Robby Riojas will be at the Mexic-Arte Museum on Saturday, November 13th and Sunday, November 14th featuring his artwork on the Changarrito cart right outside the Museum’s entrance from 12pm – 3pm. Come out and buy his artwork and get to know him in person!

Changarrito Instagram Live Interview on Tuesday, November 23rd

You’re invited to Mexic-Arte Museum’s Changarreando Instagram Live event with Artist Robby Riojas on Tuesday, November 23rd from 5:00 pm – 5:45 pm CST taking place virtually through the Museum’s Instagram account @mexic_arte! Mario Villanueva, Mexic-Arte Museum’s Marketing and Events Associate, will facilitate the virtual event with a series of questions directed at the artist including a Q&A taking place during the last 20 minutes of the event. 

About the Artist: 

Robert Riojas III is a painter and sculptor based in Houston, Texas. His entire body of work consists of many reusable materials. The one unifying process amongst all of his pieces is the connection of fire. By burning, all is reborn or refined. Throughout the ashes, his designs evolve out of this sequence.

Artist Statement 

“My art is a vision of restoration and regeneration of the weathered human condition. Through the deforestation connecting to emotions, light still shines in a dystopian world. I focus on capturing the journey of an individual who experiences subconscious turning points in their life. By incorporating stories and sharing past occurrences in my paintings, even though each piece is conceptual, I distort forms for an expressive effect. Vivid colors, symbolic images, geometry and real life subject matter give the meaning behind an emotional process behind each creation. As a contemporary romanticism artist, I believe so much is discarded in this world that is genuine and virtuous. As I reclaim materials, it is immediately reevaluated.”

Presenting Changarreando

Changarrito is an art vending cart, conceptualized by artist Maximo Gonzalez as an alternative to the official gallery selection presented by the Mexican cultural authorities. The word “changarreando”, is a verb form that comes from the noun “changarro,” slang originating in Mexico City for “a small retail store.” The suffix “-ando” adds significant meaning to the word but can be summarized here as indicating the act or action of hanging out at a “changarro” with the featured artist. 

Faithful to their original, informal spirit, Changarritos exist throughout the world, evolving as forums for the sale of original artwork to the general public, presentation of public programs, special curatorial projects, individual and collective exhibitions. Changarreando takes this a step further to connect with people through social media, generate interaction with art, and embrace the digital era with our existing programs!  

Changarrito Residency

True to the Mexic-Arte Museum’s mission, the Changarrito and Changarreando are dedicated to the presentation and promotion of contemporary Latinx and Latin American art. Normally, artists have the opportunity to sell their art on the Changarrito cart in front of the Museum (or an offsite location, as representative for the Museum during various Austin festivals). Changarreando expands the reach of the artist by presenting their gallery online, while allowing the option to sell merch over Instagram  and receive 100% of the sale. For each Changarrito/Changarreando artist, the Museum acquires a work of art for its permanent collection.

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