Master Altarista, Artist and Educator OFELIA EPARZA joins ARTIVIST ENTERTAINMENT For An Exciting Evening of Music And Art! ARTISTA + ACTIVISTA = ARTIVISTA! Fri, Sept 16 8:30PM @FordTheatres Born in 1932 in East LA where she still resides, @Ofelia Esparza is known for her public ofrendas/altars for Day of the Dead, which she has presented at Self Help Graphics (SHG) since 1980. Home altars have been a tradition in Ms. Esparza’s family for at least four generations. She credits her mother, Guadalupe Aviles, whose devotion to the memory of loved ones was passed on through the legacy of making ofrendas as an honor and an obligation to fulfill. Ofelia’s vision that her children will preserve and continue this tradition is already coming to fruition. Ofelia has been creating art since a young age. She expresses that her work is a reflection of her spirituality, of the pride she holds in her indigenous Mayan roots, and honoring womanhood. Besides her work as an altarista, Esparza has created a large body of work in printmaking, painting with watercolor, acrylics and mixed media.
Esparza teaches art and gives cultural presentations on Dia de Los Muertos to students of all levels in schools and colleges, museums and galleries throughout the region. In 1996, Esparza was honored by an invitation to build an altar in Glasgow for the first Day of the Dead exhibit in Scotland which also included one of her monoprints. In 2005 Mrs. Esparza exhibited a grand scale Día de los Muertos ofrenda at the distinguished Mexican National Museum of Fine Art in Chicago. Esparza has been the recipient of several awards, this year, June 2016, Esparza has honored by her Alma Mater Cal-State University Los Angeles with an Honorary Doctorate Degree of Humane Letters for her many years of community work as an Artist, educator and community activist. Most recently, on July 24, 2016, she was inducted into the Garfield Alumni Foundation Hall of Fame, also for her contributions to her community as an artist, teacher and mentor. We are so excited for @ofrenda1 to be building an altar this FRI SEP 16 for ARTIVISTA @fordtheatres 2580 Cahuenga Blvd east LA, C