Changarrito with Celeste Sarabia

Mar. 14, 2018

Mar. 14, 2018 @ 11:00 am 7:00 pm

Cover image artwork: (Closeup) Ked, 2017, Acrylic, Oil, Encaustic & Gold Foil on Panel, 24 x 23 inches

For the launch of the 2018 season, Mexic-Arte Museum is featuring six Changarrito residencies during the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas. On Wednesday, March 14,  Celeste Sarabia will be on hand from 11am-7pm. Stop by and meet the artists who will be featured in front of the Museum on 5th St. and Congress Ave.

Support our March 2018 Changarrito Artist, Celeste Sarabia! In the spirit of Changarrito, the pop-up mobile art gallery where artists can sell their work to the public, Changarrito with Celeste Sarabia 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.


About the Artist: 

Celeste Sarabia is a Latina artist who was born in El Paso, Texas. Her portraits explore the idea of capturing personality through painting. She paints her subject’s auras in order to be able to express their unique personalities. Her biggest influences are portrait artist Jonathan Yeo and genre painter Johannes Vermeer. They inspire her to prioritize attention to detail, the average person, and to focus on the essence what she sees. 

Sarabia earned her BFA in Studio Art with a concentration in Painting from Texas State University. She lives and works in Austin, Texas. Celeste has previously worked for artist Caitlin McCollom and she currently works as an Assistant to artist Court Lurie.

Artist Statement 

“My work captures personality through painting. I enjoy studying the unique physical features and personality of my subjects. I use art as a way to make intimate connections with people in my life. By painting my subjects this way, I am able to show my viewers there is more than meets the eye. As a person who has always been sensitive to peoples’ energy, I use paint to describe my subjects’ interior selves, the things that are difficult to say with words. A photo is taken in order to capture a moment where one’s personality shines through and then becomes the reference for the painting. I emphasize certain body parts by adding more detail in order to help the viewer see personality by way of physical features. I pay attention to how my subjects move when talking or how they react when something is being said. Clothes are left transparent in my paintings to call into question the relevancy of material objects. The backgrounds describe the subject’s identity by selecting colors that specifically represent that person’s aura at the time the photo is taken. I also use specific mark-making to reflect one’s individuality. A person’s raw nature and bare flaws are expressed through the exposure of the wood.”

About Changarrito Project:

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. 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. True to the Mexic-Arte Museum’s mission, the Changarrito is dedicated to the presentation and promotion of contemporary Latinx and Latin American art. 

Changarrito vending cart:

True to the Mexic-Arte Museum’s mission, the Changarrito is dedicated to the presentation and promotion of contemporary Latina/o and Latin American art. Artists will have the opportunity to sell their art on the Changarrito cart in front of the Museum (or an offsite location, as a representative for the Museum during various Austin art festivals) while keeping 100% of sales. For each Changarrito artist, the Museum purchases a work of art to acquire for its permanent collection. The time commitment is four days over two weekends, Saturday and Sunday 12 – 3 pm.

Presenting Changarrito’s virtual component:

As of Spring 2020, the Mexic-Arte Museum has added a virtual component to the Changarrito Artist Residency, allowing Changarrito artists to not only showcase their artwork on the Changarrito vending cart, but also to the museum’s Facebook and Instagram audience for the month the Changarrito Artist Residency takes place. Artists are allowed to showcase themselves or artwork through ten to twelve Facebook and Instagram posts for the entire month and get the chance to be interviewed via an Instagram Live interview byMexic-Arte Museum’s Curator Of Exhibitions and Director Of Programs, Isabel Servantez during the last Tuesday or Thursday of the month. The Instagram Live interview is optional. 

Chosen artists will be able to display their artwork, create video and picture posts, sell their artwork, and walk us through their artistic process throughout the month. Rules on posting: 3 posts per week for a total of 10 – 12 posts for the whole month, via Mexic-Arte Museum’s Instagram account (@mexic_arte) and Facebook account (@mexicarte).

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