SPAC featured Artist: Fred Alvarado

SPAC meets up w/Fred @ CCA in SF. . .

Photo by Christo Oropeza

Fred Alvarado was born in Chicago, IL, grew up in Long Beach, CA., and received his Undergraduate Degree at the San Francisco Art Institute.  Currently, he is completing his Graduate Degree in San Francisco at the California College of the Arts, with an emphasis in Social Practices.  Fred also works for the Precita Eyes Mural Arts Center in their Youth Program in S.F.’s Mission District.  Some of the latest projects he has worked on include Kerry James Marshall’s  2009 “Visible Means of Support” which was commissioned by SFMOMA and he directed SFMOMA’s youth mural at DeFremery Park in Oakland.  He also teaches art at McKinley Elementary School (K-5).

When we met up with Fred, he talked about his most recent work involving creating his “STICK EM UP” sticker club.  In “STICK EM UP”, people of all ages and all different backgrounds (including CCA students) are encouraged to join as Members.  The requirements: Make three stickers everytime you meetup – the first to keep for yourself, a second to trade with someone else in the club, and a third for “STICK EM UP” to keep for documentation.  The idea is that members install their stickers anywhere they would like, and then take a photo and list the described location in order to document and map.  The sticker club takes field trips to places where communities do not have creative outlets, and sets up shop – encouraging people and helping them develop their ideas into stickers.  In essence, the “STICK EM UP” sticker club is a public art program that encourages participation from everyday people and brings their art to the masses.

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Un Tango Urbano:A Short Film by Andrea Cortes-Juarbe


This flick is created by a good friend of San Pancho Art Collective named Andrea Cortes-Juarbe! Enjoy it, and here is the description from YouTube:
A dance film by Andrea Cortes-Juarbe. Music by Bajofondo. After losing the original footage in 2006, I was finally able to return to Buenos Aires 2 years later for a couple weeks in an attempt to create a new tango dance film. I had no cameraman, special film equipment, or even a dance partner. I did, however, have a deep yearning to try and recapture my experience with Tango in BA, the support of a dear friend, Carrie; and my dad’s consumer camera. By the end of the first week I found a photographer to operate the video camera, his friend volunteered to take pictures; and through Buenos Aires’ version of craigslist for artists, I met the dancer, Sebastian. I could not have asked for a better person to work with. We had only 4 rehearsals to get used to dancing with one another and we filmed it in 2 days. Hope you enjoy.

SPAC featured Artist:Christo Oropeza

photo by Christo Oropeza

photo by Christo Oropeza

Christo Oropeza:

Christo Oropeza is a Xicano artist born and raised in San Francisco. He is an Alumnus of San Francisco State and graduated with a BA in Art with an emphasis in Painting & Drawing. Christo formed the San Pancho Art Collective in March of 2009, with the help of his colleagues. He currently works at the San Francisco Museum Of Modern Art and is a photo-contributor to the SFMOMA Open Space blog.

His most recent work includes co-designing and painting a commissioned mural for Mission Pie on the Corner of 25th st. and Lilac in the Mission District “Old Soil, New Roots”,and he continues to paint and exhibit work in San Francisco.

Click HERE for samples of Christo’s artwork on SPAC’s HomePage

SPAC featured Artist:Max Allbee

photo by Christo Oropeza

photo by Christo Oropeza

Max Allbee:

Max Allbee is a painter, muralist and art teacher from San Francisco.  Max focuses primarily on communitybased, public mural projects.  His graphic style is heavily influenced by his experiences growing up in the street artsaturated city, as well as living and traveling in Central and South America. His work can be found on walls in San Francisco, Palo Alto, as well as Nicaragua and Cuba.

More recently, Max co-designed & painted the SPAC mural “Old Soil, New Roots” at Mission Pie.

Click HERE to view samples of Max’s artwork on SPAC’s HomePage

SPAC featured Artist:Paul Jimenez

photo by Christo Oropeza

photo by Christo Oropeza


Paul Jimenez:

“I believe painting is the best way to truly express my imagination to the public. At this moment my paintings focus on narrative themes. I prefer using images as allegories to explain the narrative: for example, the human form, mechanical objects and nature. The artistic process, no matter how convoluted, always starts with a simple idea. Then, I begin to collect images from popular culture and mass media. When I have all my referential material, then I decide how to place the images so the narrative is prominent. From there I might use the color copy machine to distort the image, such as moving the image as it is being photocopied. I always begin my painting process with a quick wash of burnt umber. Then, I use chalk to outline the image.”

“My biggest inspirations come from pop culture. Jimi Hendrix is the biggest influence in my life because his music broadens my mind beyond conventional ideas. While listening to his songs I gather ideas for paintings, and how I can manipulate the idea of the song to use it in a unique way. Tattoos are another influence because of their inherent beauty and the statement they make to the public. A tattoo says to me the individual wants to stand out, and show not only they are, but everyone is inimitable. The art of M.C. Escher and Salvador Dali also constantly inspire my own artwork by encouraging me to continually question the concepts my work displays. Not only am I encouraged to question the concepts in my own work, I also hope the audience will investigate how themes are explored in my work as well. The meaning of the word ‘artist’ to me is one who makes work that tells stories from life, songs, and imagination.”

Click HERE to see samples of Paul’s work on SPAC’s HomePage

Click HERE to see Paul Jimenez’s Website

SPAC featured Artist:Tania Padilla

photo by Christo Oropeza

photo by Christo Oropeza

Tania Padilla:

Tania Padilla is the founder and director of Puppet Medicine Theater Company in San Francisco. She is a filmmaker, puppeteer, illustrator and mixed media artist. She has been performing as a puppeteer both locally and internationally since 2005. She received a BFA in Experimental Animation from CalArts in 2006.

Click HERE to see Samples of Tania’s Artwork on SPAC’s HomePage