“When we talk about roots, we refer to the essence of our customs, of our influences, of the familiar, of our way of life. The roots of our identities are infinite.” — Jhovany Rodriguez De Ala
August 5 through September 30, 2016.
Omi Gallery at Impact Hub Oakland is honored to exhibit 13 new prints by Mexican artist Jhovany Rodriguez De Ala in “Mis Raices/My Roots”
In this show, Jhovany talks about Art as Informant by showing us our history and allowing us to discover and reconstruct our identity through reflections that demand us images that speak of humanity and identity struggles.
@Omi Gallery at Impact Hub Oakland
2323 Broadway | Oakland 94612
About the Artist
Jhovany Rodriguez De Ala is a self-taught mixed media painter and printmaker, based in San Francisco.
At 17, Jhovany joined the art world painting with friends in the streets of his hometown, Oaxaca, Mexico. In his youth, he witnessed conflict between the people and government, and was surrounded by the social political demonstrations driven by the people. These movements changed his perspective on how communities can make a difference by coming together to fight for change and the rights of masses. Since then, art became a weapon and a microphone to open a discussion against injustice.
Living in the U.S. for several years now, Jhovany creates art that focuses on important issues for el pueblo, the people who risk everything to come here to make better lives, who are divided between two separate worlds. He represents issues in Mexico, such as the 43 Missing students of Ayotzinapa, Guerrero and the escalated political turmoil and violence currently in Oaxaca. With his involvement in Bay Area movements for immigration rights, Free Palestine and Black Lives Matter, Jhovany’s work recognizes that everyone is united in struggle and perseverance, no matter who they are and where they live.
Jhovany collaborates with many different Oaxacan and Bay Area collectives, and has been showcased in local and international exhibits. He knows that there is much more work to be done, and hopes that his art will inspire change to bring Light in times of darkness, and empower people in social movement.