In Migration, Zawrotny and Velasquez studied how various Asian and Pacific Islander cultures and peoples are connected to one another through universal folklores. Commonalities are found in these stories through symbolic flora and fauna like the lotus and the elephant. They depict how various folklores of East and Southeast Asia have evolved through time when their culture bearers migrate away from their birth places. They mix different media and techniques as well as stylizations to represent the diversity of stories.
Join the Asian American Resource Center in the grand opening of this exhibit and hear from the artists about their work. Snacks and refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.
Raquel Zawrotny is a native San Antonio surrealist artist who relocated outside of Austin, Texas. She obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Texas at San Antonio and is an Art Instructor at the Southwest School of Arts in San Antonio. Zawrotny is influenced by folklore and storytelling. She enjoys incorporating nostalgic images and sub cultural references that can be used to speak to various viewers.
Samuel Velasquez is a San Antonio native Surrealist that obtained his Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He is currently a painting instructor at Southwest School of Art in San Antonio, Texas. His intentions are to depict the nature of reality, and what is beyond human perception along with the things that live there. Velasquez’ paintings and sculptures are a combination of universal stories with entities endlessly watching us.