Fernando Olea, Artist Bio
Fernando’s love for art started at an early age. According to his mother, at 4 years old he had “painted” their new apartment’s walls with Crayola.
On one occasion, as school homework, he drew the Argentinian liberator, Jose de San Martin, using colors, highlights, and shadows. The teacher saw it and she scolded him saying that his parents weren’t supposed to help him with this homework. But it was his creation! Soon after, his mother felt that he might be able to express, focus and learn more at an art school. So, at the age of 8 years old, he went to his first local art school and learned drawing, painting, and ceramics.
Today Fernando is the art director for a foundation that has a variety of programs in STEAM education, sustainability, and environmental health.
In addition to being the art director he helps run the Foundation’s marketing and messaging for the various projects underway at any given time.
And importantly he creates art that reflects iconic and impactful images that help to inspire and engage students in STEAM and that help the foundations’ partners and stakeholders accomplish their visions and missions.
Born in Argentina Fernando now resides in Southern California with his wife and young daughter.
Margaret Garcia, Artist Bio
I began my career as a muralist, involved in the murals that celebrated the 1984 Olympics. Identified as one of 24 women artists who have had an impact on L.A., Art, my work consists of oil paintings saturated with an expressive palette. Flat compositional space is firmly rooted is the tradition of Mexican folk art.
My greatest sense of accomplishment is from knowing that I have facilitated artists in becoming what they want to be – working, thriving and recognized artist.
My work is currently on display at The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art and Culture of the Riverside Art Museum and The Universal City Metro Station at the Campo de Cahuenga.
Vanessa Estes Quintero, Artist Bio
I am a proud Latina ceramist, richly influenced by my Mexican culture and all things symbolic, mysterious and sacred. I am grateful for the line of makers from which I come, including my 98 year old grandmother who is still creating every day.
I have been told that my ceramic work feels like functional art. I see no reason why the pieces you live with every day cannot feel exceptionally beautiful and unique, and radiate a sense of personality and warmth.
I make and fire all my work in my home studio, using both the wheel and handbuilding. I work with earthenware, as well as cone 6 and 10.