edition of celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month and recognizes three
gifted artists. These artists' vivid interpretations illustrate
their commitment to their heritage and culture. They visually
portray century-old traditions and customs that continue to have
a positive influence on the contemporary Hispanic family and community.
Erazo Baez is a self-described "NewYorican": a person who was
born in Brooklyn, N.Y., of Puerto Rican parents. Her parents moved
back to Puerto Rico after she was born and it was there that inspiration
for her work developed. Baez received an associate's degree in
art and advertising design from New York City College of Technology,
and worked in marketing on the creative side. She, however, always
felt something was missing in her life and eventually pursued
her dream of becoming an artist full time.
says she has been in love with art ever since she could hold a
crayon, and most of her art is influenced by her Hispanic heritage.
am fascinated by our stories, the folklore, music and dance performances,"
she remarks with obvious fondness. Many of Baez's works depict
her love of watching people, especially when they are dancing.
love for red is also unmistakable, as shown in "Bomba Tradition,"
which was inspired by the movement of the dress and the gracefulness
of the dancer. "When painting people, I tend to use the color
red because red represents passion," says Baez.
color red is also prominent in Baez's "Plena Dancer" and "The
Salsa Dancers." In "Plena Dancer," the fullness of the dancer's
dress and her look of pure pleasure speak volumes about her love
for the traditional dance. "The Salsa Dancers" illustrates a rhythmic
vibe between a man and a woman as they salsa freestyle.
work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions and is in private
collections throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. She
is active in the Hispanic community and committed to the cultural
preservation and advancement of Puerto Rican art globally."
Erazo Baez Art Published 2007 and 2013 Issues
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