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"New Mexico’s history and
culture is certainly diverse,
and so are many of the
New Mexican artists."
By Ann Powers
Native New Mexican punk-poet-musician-writer-all-around-starving-artist and professional photographer specializing in fashion, Duke Shoman should be on every short list in the industry.
Don't let his youth of 22 years, nor his multi-colored coif and his Sid-Vicious-meets-Studio-54 garb, throw you – this kid has got what it takes, and then some. He's easy going and easily one of the most promising young fashion photographers making his debut in that often dog-eat-dog world of the cat walk. Shoman is definitely a careening collaborative of creativity which will serve this complex and charismatic young man well as he shutters through the trenches, shooting his way to the top.
he is what he is.
“I don't send out my portfolio, I don't call for an appointment” explains Shoman. “I just show up. You just have to see me, my appearance is its own impact, as my images follow suit. From editorials, to weddings, to fashion shows - I do it all.”
His image, his edgy art, his interests, his energy, his flexibility all intertwine and clash, somehow harmoniously. And, that is Shoman's magnificent magic and mystery, in more ways than one.
Born and raised in Cuba NM, a town no larger than 700 populous, Shoman discovered his passion for pictures while skipping class at military school (or as he calls it, “four years of wasted youth”) to skateboard with friends and make videos. Shoman says he was meticulous and obsessed from the get go. He also knew he never wanted an office job.
“Hell to me is being in a cubicle for eight hours every day,” he cringes. “The same old monotonous drudgery, time and time again with no creative deviations. I always knew I wanted to do something in the arts, just needed a spark of some sort.”
Shoman claims the Milanese streets as his alma-mater of photography induction, and pays tribute to theComune di Milano for giving his career wings. In Italy, he began working side by side with editors, journalists, actors and models hailing from every corner of the globe. Before long, he got his first big break with a Made Magazine editorial
“Phase one was getting to Milan and getting a reputable book together and actually earning the title 'photographer',” says Shoman. “Now I'm in phase two, working any job that comes my way and saving so I can get to New York. Speculatively, New York should be the final phase; but one never knows which way life will digress.”
Eric J. Garcia
HISTORY + CULTURE + POLITICS =
ERIC J. GARCIA
“Every warrior has a weapon, and mine is art,”
explains Eric J. Garcia. “I want to create dialogue
about the issues that shape our histories and, in turn,
shape our identities and our futures.”
Powerful warrior, powerful artist…
pretty much sums up Eric Garcia.
Eric illustrates his political, historical and cultural views of Chicanos in a style he calls “comic book baroque” - shaped by childhood comic book influences and Colonial Baroque paintings. Analogous to a comic book cover, Eric tells a story in one bold, poignant and crucial scene. His range of medium includes oil paintings, lithograph posters and ink cartoons. His work is well respected and he’s developed a notable reputation for his political cartoons in both the “Daily Lobo” and the “Alibi” newspapers.
“My greatest medium for maximum influence to the public is the political cartoon in newspapers,” says Eric. “This vehicle allows my critical commentary to be mass produced and freely distributed. Political cartoons are put out in the public to inform a broader audience what is going on. These political cartoons range from global to local issues, environmental to political.”
Eric is very clear about offering his work as a learning tool to bring light to issues shadowed in mainstream media – with a major focus on historical events of Mexico and the United States. His work celebrates strong and often humorous imagery reflecting the past, posing challenges to the present and instinctively inciting dialogue as an impetus for action, change and reform.
“I politically charge allegories of my cultural history in hopes that the viewer will learn and also react,” he says. “The power of the imagery is a tremendous vehicle for telling stories.”
A native of Albuquerque’s South Valley, Eric graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a minor in Chicano Studies from the University of New Mexico. As a UNM student, he created political cartoons and graphics earning the New Mexico Associated Press' “Best llustrator for a College Newspaper” award in 2005.
Eric’s art work is widely exhibited both nationwide and abroad, including many galleries and exhibits in Chicago and China. Two of his lithograph prints were chosen to become part of the permanent collection at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Moreover, he’s helped create six murals in Albuquerque in conjunction with “Working Classroom” – a non-profit youth organization for the arts. He’s a “Working Classroom” alumnus himself, graduating ten years ago, and is involved in encouraging other young artists through the program to date.
Eric is currently earning his Master of Fine Arts degree in painting and drawing at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.