Celebrating Cinco de Mayo

//Celebrating Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo, which means the “Fifth of May,” is the date commemorating the Mexican Army’s victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. This battle was so significant because the Mexican Army was considerably under-equipped and outnumbered compared to the French. Cinco de Mayo is not observed as a national holiday in Mexico but has had a huge cultural impact on the United States. In 2006, a study found that more than 150 official celebrations occurred that year, capitalizing on Mexican culture, arts, foods, beverages, music and more.

In the sprit of celebrating Cinco de Mayo and Hispanic culture, Mispillion Art League wanted to feature a Mexican visual artist. Instead of focusing on world-renowned artists like Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera or José Clemente Orozco, we decided to choose one of our member artists, Gilberto Rodriguez.

Gilberto Rodriguez is a Mexican artist who has lived in Delaware for about 21 years. He created his first painting at the age of 6 and has been “addicted to art” ever since. Gilberto is a self-taught artist with a fantastic style using bright colors and strong subjects. His secret to success is practice, and tries to paint every day. He typically works in acrylics on a variety of surfaces: canvas, wood, windows, furniture, and many other surfaces.

Recently, Rodriguez was one of the contributing artists to a multi-cultural mural named “The We Are Milford Project,” unveiled on April 10. He also has a mural inside the Crystal Restaurant in Rehoboth Beach. His artwork has been shown in several places across Delaware. A few are Delaware State University, Delaware Museum of Art, The Hispanic Festival, Millsboro Art League, Rehoboth Art League and Mispillion Art League- just to name a few.

To see more of Gilberto Rodriguez’s work, see his Facebook page.

En Espanol:

En el espíritu de la celebración del Cinco de Mayo y la cultura hispana, Mispillion Liga de Arte quería contar con un artista visual mexicano. En lugar de enfocarce en artistas de renombre mundial como Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera o José Clemente Orozco, decidimos optar por uno de nuestros artistas miembros, Gilberto Rodríguez.

Gilberto Rodríguez es un artista mexicano que ha vivido en Delaware por cerca de 21 años. Creó su primer cuadro a la edad de 6 años y ha sido “adicto al arte” desde entonces. Gilberto es un artista autodidacta con un estilo fantástico, uso de colores brillantes y temas fuertes. Su secreto del éxito es la práctica, y trata de pintar todos los días. Él normalmente trabaja en acrílicos sobre una variedad de superficies: tela, madera, ventanas, muebles y muchos más.

Recientemente, Rodríguez fue uno de los artistas que contribuyeron a un mural multi-cultural llamado “El We Are Milford Proyect”, presentado el 10 de abril de 2016. También tiene un mural en el interior del restaurante Crystal en Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Sus obras han sido expuesta en varios lugares a través de Delaware. Algunas son: Universidad del Estado de Delaware, Delaware Museum of Art, El Festival Hispano, Millsboro Liga de Arte, Rehoboth Art League y la Liga de Arte Mispillion sólo para nombrar unos pocos.

Para ver más del trabajo de Gilberto Rodríguez, consulte su página de Facebook.

Sumbitted by Erica Rae Lokai, and translated by Francisco X. Rendón

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