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La Ofrenda
Rafael Coronel was born in Zacatecas, Mexico. He first pursued his studies at the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, then at La Esmeralda, which he left after only three months of study and promptly distinguished himself among the young painters of his generation. His first individual exhibition was held at the Galeria de Arte Mexicano in 1956. he was further honored in 1959 when the National Institute of Fine arts presented a large number of his works at the Palace of Fine Arts. Since 1959 he has traveled extensively through out Europe and the United States, where he had many individual exhibitions.

Flag Series
Arnaldo Coen was born on June 10th of 1940 in the City of Mexico. Between 1959 and 1960 he worked in the factory of Laurence Calgagno and began nevertheless to experience in the "abstract expressionism" in his first individual exhibition, in 1963, presented "figurative expressionism" and from 1964 it was entered in the "fantastic expressionism.” He was granted with scholarship by the French Government in 1967. In 1968 he became charter member of the Independent Hall. In 1972 the Art participated in the creation of Robarte, a film that was filmed and shown in Documents 5, Kassel, Germany. In his artistic development he began to work with paintings object and sculpture, using as main subject the feminine torso with different treatments. On 1977 and 1978 he lived in Tanzania for the accomplishment of the Project of Urban Design of his new capital.

In addition to the painting he has made several environments, stage scenes and clothes for theater and dance plays. He has made important exhibitions in different cities of Europe, the United States, Latin America, India and Japan. In Mexico he has exposed in the National Room of the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico and in the Museum of Modern Art among others.

Goddesses
Carlos Nieto III is an American-born Latino (Colombian) freelance artist who has recently found his artistic voice. With great interest but little knowledge of his roots, he had always wanted to connect with his past and answer the questions, "Who am I? Where do I come from?" He unwittingly filled this gap with "second hand" Latino culture available in Los Angeles through annual Colombian festivals, endless visits to Olvera Street, curios found in Latino restaurants and shops throughout East L.A. and of course, family parties. Along with his own personal experiences with all things American, e.g., punk rock music, animation, tattoo culture, Sesame Street, this created a "mash up" of different heritages.

His love of anthropology and history has helped him to connect and interweave these different experiences. His mission is to bridge the gap between cultures, whether they be American, Latino, Asian, European, African in order to show a glimpse of his vision of a global culture.