Changarrito with Manny Chapa

May. 18, 2020

May. 18, 2020 @ 9:00 am May. 31, 2020 @ 10:00 pm

Cover image artwork: Manny Chapa, El Sombrero, Acrylic on Canvas, 24” x 30”, 2020

Support our Changarrito Artist of the Month, Manny Chapa! In the spirit of Changarrito, the pop-up mobile art gallery where artists can sell their work to the public, Changarrito with Manny Chapa 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: 

Manny Chapa creates paintings that speak on the beauty that exists within his Mexican heritage. His process includes observing the subject and translating it onto his canvas with detailed brushstrokes that tell a story. With every finished artwork, Manny conveys life, environment, traditions and the feeling of family. The challenge, he says, is to not let these emotions slip away with thought but to capture them in all their glory.

Artist Statement 

“As an artist, I work hard to develop paintings that speak to me and others about the beauty that exists in my Mexican heritage. Part of my process before I begin a painting is to look at images of the subject I am about to recreate on canvas. I do not merely want to capture the image with my brushes; rather, with careful, colorful strokes, that speak to me and my audience.

I try with every finished work to breathe life into my heritage so that its environments, traditions, and family emotions are displayed on my canvas. The challenge, as with any recreated environment, tradition, or emotion, is not to let it slip away in thought. Instead capture it in all its glory. My artwork speaks, not only for me, but for my audience to enjoy.”

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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