Thick & Thin by Luis Ituarte

Mar 24, 2013

Luis-Ituarte-3Officially, the exhibit of Luis Ituarte‘s new works is called “Alambriques y Alambrones.” For those of us not that advanced in Spanish, this is translated as “Thin and Thick Wires.”

Luis Ituarte was born in Tijuana in 1942. After attending law school and art school, he was “involved in the 1968 student movement (Tlaltelolco), which resulted in his exile to Nicaragua and Guatemala. He has worked with Mexican muralist Josè Chàvez and he was a founding member of “Alley Art” in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

My experiences in Mexico City (5 years), Central America (2years), and Canada (14 years), made me review my thoughts about the concept of border. 

In 1988, Ituarte moved to Los Angeles and has been immersed and busy ever since. He’s worked as Director of Cultural Activities for the Olvera Merchants Association, programs coordinator at the “Lankershim Art Center,” and director of “Art in the Park” with the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department.

Luis Ituarte and his wife, poet Gerda Govine Ituarte

Luis Ituarte and his wife, poet Gerda Govine Ituarte

My experiences in Los Angeles (15 years) makes me realize that a border is a state of mind that limits us, and that the future lies mostly in the acceptance of our differences.

Currently, in spite of painting and creating his own works, exhibiting, and wearing the hat of art curator and judge for various exhibits,  as part of his employment with the City of L.A., Ituarte is an art instructor at the Barnsdall Arts Center and is coordinator of “Bajo el Mismo Sol,” a cultural exchange project between Baja California, Mexico, and Los Angeles.

My intent is to create by reviewing history, observing nature’s ways, and participating in the politics of culture as a process to invite transformation for the best possible future.

Alambriques y Alambrones
Saturday, March 30th, 5-10 p.m.
Show runs through April 12th
Aahoo Art Gallery, 615 E. Walnut St., Pasadena 91101
For more info, visit or call 626.789.0424




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