Wk 13- Artist Conversation- Krystal Ramirez

The artist I got to speak to this week was named Krystal Ramirez. Her exhibition “La Cena Esta Servida” was located in the Merlino Gallery. Krystal is at student in CSULB and is receiving her BFA in Metal and Jewelry soon, which to be honest stands out in her art pieces I saw this Wednesday.

Walking in her gallery the first thing that ones sees is a huge dining table with silver ware placed on top; the sliver ware being her art. There were around 11 plates that had different appliances on top, all the appliances were created by her and with different types of metals/jewelry. A couple of examples: copper, pewter, sterling sliver, brass, and bronzed. The plates, which were a variety, all had their own names. She says that they indicate different relationships she has made in the dining table over time, “reflecting on the people that have been part of my journey and the influence they have had on me.”

Assuming she is Hispanic off her name and her appearance, I think forming relationships over the dining table is a Hispanic thing, after by myself being part of a Hispanic family, we always take dining time seriously. We all sit together and discuss with each other. Sometimes we invite others to eat with us and over time we build relationships.


Exhibition Information:

Artist: Krystal Ramirez

Exhibition: La Cena Esta Servida

Gallery: Merlino Gallery

Media: Metal and Jewelry



Wk12- Artist Conversation- Alice Andreini

For this week, the art pieces that I enjoyed to see were all placed in the East Max L. Gatov Gallery and were property of Alice Andreini. She is a graduate student of Draw and Paint, from CSULB. A couple fun facts about her is that she loves to go hiking and peeping art galleries. She has been living in Long Beach for 6 years and she ones had a job at a movie theater.

Through out her art pieces, Alice has different colors; she says that she tried to tie the different colors with the time settings of the day. Like for example, blue was for a gloomy night and the gold/yellow is the golden hours of a sunset. Which I thought was very wise of her. Her paintings are about different landscapes and of her personal perspectives of them. She also said she scouted the landscapes before she actually started painting them, for example my favorite piece from her which is the blue one below, is from a golf course. She made it clear that she isn’t inspired by nature that much, but loves illusions or special constructs. Which personally I think she shows. She made the golf course look like a virtual reality. But before she created the big pieces she actually did smaller ones (which are also below.) The smaller paintings follow the same landscape concept but they don’t have any color, only black and white.

This was the only information I got to receive and I would have hoped I could have asked a bit more; I had to do something important.


Exhibition Information

Artist: Alice Andreini

Exhibition: No-Mans Land

Media: Painting, Landscapes, illusions

Gallery: Max L. Gatov Gallery East

Wk11- Artist Conversation- Nichole Borgo

For this week’s artist conversation, I have chosen, Nichole Borgo. She is a student at CSULB and will be gradating with a BFA in Ceramics. She was not there to answer any questions students may have had for her work, but the following information was taken from the description paper posted by her exhibition. Her art work was placed in the Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery and I was drawn into it for one main reason. Her gallery was the only gallery to catch my eye and that I related to, in a way. Throughout her gallery she has ceramic objects she built by hand (they look like smooth, red, clay bricks) and on the top side of the objects she has old family photographs. She wrote that, the images come from a polaroid or from her personal Instagram (which is not on the description paper).

In her work she tries to capture old feelings that reference in her past, like when she was younger. The way she has them displayed is also interesting, the bricks have wires connecting each other; she described it as a web but to me it looked like a brainstorm. The images that are connected to each other are all from a stage or memory in her past so, they all have unique personalities, emotions, faces, or masks. She states that, some images in her work also can trigger sense such as, smell, taste, and touch. Which I can agree, after some pictures have cakes and hand gestures.

Earlier I said I somewhat have related to her work and that is because by seeing her images, it made me remember of a couple related memories. Like for example, an art piece she had displayed, had pictures what look like a birthday party she had when she was younger and this reminded me about pictures my mom has in our family picture book. (image of art below)


Exhibition Information

Artist: Nichole Borgo

Media: Ceramics

Gallery: Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery

Instagram: n/a

Wk 10- Artist Conversation- Amy Duran

Amy Duran is responsible for the art exhibition I chose for this week’s artist conversation. She was not present to answer any questions for me or my fellow classmate had, but thankfully her brother was there to assist; I didn’t get his name unfortunately. Amy Duran is a senior at CSULB and will be graduating this May with a BFA in Ceramics. The work she had place down for students to see was actually a visual fable that in a way represents her personal struggles on feeling anxiety as an adult woman. She created ceramics characters and obstacles to tell a story about a young girl that didn’t feel in place in different situations of her life. A brief summary: The story is about a girl having a dream of herself running away into the forest, hopefully solving her problem. While she is in the forest she finds out she needs to let her inner child go and only then will receive happiness. I enjoyed this fable after I kind of related on filling out of place and too sometimes feel like running away.

The presentation of the entire story also caught my eye. The entire story was surrounded by a fake house, which made it feel like if I entered an actual home. (PICTURES BELOW)

After you have entered, the story is told in parts, from the start to finish. There is ceramic display with a written description for every section. The ceramic displays also had levers, which would move the characters. Duran’s brother said he helped to build the levers but did not know how his sister built the ceramic figures or the fake home around the place.

Her brother told the students that they are from the city Buena Park and that his sister has been comminute her entire CSULB journey. I then asked if he knew if it was Amy’s first gallery and replied by agreeing. I then asked for his sister’s hobbies and said she only works on her art and her bakery skills. Amy apparently loves to decorate cakes at a bakery she is employed at.


Exhibition Information

Artist: Amy Duran

Exhibition: Forever by your Side

Media: Ceramics

Gallery: Marilyn Werby Gallery

Instagram: @polkadot.pony

Wk9- Artist Conversation- David DeSantis

David DeSantis was the artist I got to interview for this week’s artist conversation. He is a senior at CSULB and he will be graduating with a bachelor of fine arts, in the print making category. The gallery that he had in the Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery was his first here at CSULB, but his 4th gallery overall. DeSantis is in deed interested in attended grad school after CSULB, but he noted that he wouldn’t join it right away. He states that he enjoys working in a job he has and doing art at the same time; he will join grad school when he thinks he is more prepared or ready. DeSantis was actually not in screen printing when he first entered CSULB. He discussed that in the first week of school he was getting a tour of the different classes in the art building and he ran into a screen printing class. He made it clear that as soon as he stepped into the printing class he knew he wanted to at least try it; he dropped the art class he was taking at the time and added himself to the screen printing class that same day. DeSantis says that he has always been interested in art; when he was 4 years old he used to draw motorcycles but then stopped. He was then inspired by Jackson Pollock, which I can see a resemblance in his work. DeSantis does his art while hearing his favorite type of music, dubstep. He states that he has one song in replay or has a playlist of only dubstep playing. His work takes around 2-3 days, he likes spending around 8 hours per day. The two art pieces that I took pictures of (WHICH ARE BELOW) are my personal favorties of the work he had up. Both of them look a bit similar to Pollock works but of course DeSantis added his own touch into them. One of the pieces has a wolf with his mouth open wide, which I think looks awesome.

David DeSantis is chill and cool in my opinion and a very nice person. He gave me and other students his Instagram, which is @rapturefineart. In the future DeSantis wants to open a website that includes his art and hope to be featured in other galleries; which I think would be easy, if he continues his hard work.


Exhibition Information

Artist: David DeSantis

Media: screen printing, print making

Gallery: Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery

Instagram: @rapturefineart

Wk7 – Artist Conversation- Andrea Mejia

The artist I got to meet this week was Andrea Mejia; She was sitting by the Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery. Entering the gallery everyone including me thought that every single art piece inside the exhibition was hers. We were all wrong; Andrea only had one that she calls “Infinite Cities.” The Dutzi Gallery actually had different content from different artists, in other words it was a group show. Unfortunately, she was the only artist there representing the entire group. Andrea is a student at CSULB and she will be graduating in the upcoming fall semester. She will be receiving her BFA in illustration and she wouldn’t mind joining Grad school after CSULB. She came into the art genre of college after being kicked from becoming a business major; she wasn’t good at math. In my opinion she picked a great alternative after she was one of several students to summit her art and that got to join the group gallery.

Students and I were curious on what she did on her free time and her response was, working in a theatre in Downey. She says she actually lives in Downey at the moment and loves working where she does. She gets to watch a couple of free movies; she loves watching films, “Wolf Children” being her favorite animated movie.

A student asked who was the guy in her art, she replied saying that it was a character from a comic book that she has been working on named Alex/Alexander. I personal got astonished when she said that; she doesn’t only know how to draw but can create comic books. Then I remember she in deed stated she was majoring in illustration. Unfortunate, she says she hasn’t been working on it that much, in fact she doesn’t even know if she wants to get into creating comic books. She thinks it is a hard business to get into. The comic she has been working on for 2-3 years now involves Alex/Alexander and other young kids that have realized they are being slaves. She didn’t get into that much detail, so that’s all I got or know.

Andrea is very nice, talented, and a unique artist in my opinion. She gave us her Instagram (@Macndrees). For a reason I thought her being left-handed was great. I don’t see that much left handed artist and being left handed myself added to to her being unique.




Exhibition Information

Artist: Andrea Mejia

Exhibition: Word of the Year

Media: Painting, Comic Book, Group Gallery

Gallery: Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery

Instagram: @Macndrees



Wk 3 – Artist Conversation- Kelvin Lopez

So one of the artist that my classmates and I got to interview was Kelvin Lopez; I’m inferring that his nationality is Hispanic off his name. Kelvin stated that his art life started in his hometown of San Diego. He was always interested in art, so the first art class he took was in his freshmen year of high school; Kelvin said he was horrible. In fact, other students used to make fun of him. Furthermore, after he graduated from his high school, he attended a community college in San Diego, where he got his associates degree in art.

He then transfers to CSULB, he discussed that he took a draw and paint class and he removed it right after. He disliked that the classroom was always stuffy and hot, very unventilated. Continues by saying that he also got headaches from the oils of the paint used in the class. Eventually, he turns to the screen printing genre of art. He turned very good at screen printing because he enjoyed it. He says that the multiply layers that it takes to do an art piece in screen printing made him neat, OCD.

He is now a senior at CSULB, actually he has a job in the university where he screen prints. At the moment he has a solo exhibition in the Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery between FA3 and FA2 named “SCRY BABY”. A couple of the art pieces he has to show have to do with crystals. He stated that all of his pieces are of his personal life; I took a few pictures of them, which you can see are under this post. He says that the people in his prints are either him, his nephew, or his dog Lou. On top of his personal photos, he adds a few layers of crystals. His ex girlfriend introduced him to crystals, when she gave him a type of crystal named green onyx. He got more into crystals with time; he sees them as very spiritual and beautiful.

Also, one of the picture I took seemed very weird so I asked him about it, he states that it’s a screen shot from a music video. The music video is from the band “Portugal the Man” and the song is named “Noise Pollution.” The piece that I’m referring to is the one with a guy climbing down a tree. He enjoys the band after he actually has contact with them.

Kelvin was a great/nice artist to discuss with, not only because I enjoy his art but because he is very unique and talented. He gave the students his Instagram (@Klart760). I hope he gets his BFA in CSULB, finishes grad school, and becomes a part time art instructor like he dreams about.

Exhibition Information

Artist: Kelvin Lopez

Exhibition: SCRY BABY

Media: Screen Printing, Crystals, Personal Life

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery

Instagram: @Klart760

Facebook: www.facebook.com/KLART760

Contact: klart760@gmail.com