Easton, P.A. – Artist Tomas Pineda Matus (Oaxaca, Mexico) will be visiting EPI as its artist-in-residence from September 20 to October 11, 2010. He will lecture on the evening of October 7 at 4:15 pm in Williams 108 as part of the Latin History Month program, sponsored by the art department, Latin American and Caribbean Studies program, and EPI.
Tomas arrived at Lafayette and found the campus impressive. He enjoys how closely professors and students interact and looks forward to meeting students throughout his visit, as he is also an instructor at a Mexican university.
Born in Chicapa de Castro, Juchitan, Oaxaca in 1968, Matus has participated in over thirty exhibits in the past ten years. He is one of the most recognized artists from Oaxaca, famous for the Oaxacan indigenous style of art-making.
“I first met Tomas when I was studying in Mexico. Since meeting him in 1994, he has gone on to be well-regarded and recognized as an important figure in the arts of Mexico,” Professor Curlee Raven Holton, master printmaker and director of EPI.
Matus will be working on-site, creating a mural with the Drawing II class at the Williams Visual Arts Building. Part-time student Teresa Fahy will be working with Matus as his translator. He will also be a part of EPI’s Open House on October 9, producing a print that will be available at a special price for those in attendance from 2-4 p.m.
His works will be on display at the ArtJaz Gallery in Philadelphia, PA in collaboration with EPI. His solo exhibit, entitled “Wanderings,” will take place from October 1 until October 30. The opening reception will occur October 1 from 5-8 p.m. at the ArtJaz Gallery.