E M P E R I A L  G A L L E R Y
C  a  m  a  r  a d a s   E L   B  a  r  r  i  o
Presents:
Katie Ruiz
“Perceptions”
EXHIBITION OPENING: March 3rd 6-9 PM
Emperial Gallery
Camaradas El Barrio
2241 First Avenue (115 St) 

EL Barrio, Nueva York 10029

Kathleen Ruiz is a Chicana artist who resides in New York City. She was raised in Northern Arizona and Southern California. She loved growing up in the mountains and spent much of her time in nature. Her work is a reflection of the life she has lived and the people she cherishes. She loves to use colors, figures, and symbols to tell stories of her understanding of the world.
 
She has traveled to over twenty countries around the world and has a passion for cultures and helping people. She lived in Botswana, Africa and worked a Refugee camp and helped build a library and taught art. Later she lived in Guanajuato, Mexico and studied Fine Art at the University of Guanajuato, Mexico.
Ms. Ruiz has always had talent in painting and drawing.  She has a Bachelors Degree of Fine Art with a painting Emphasis from Northern Arizona University. She is currently working towards her Masters of Fine Art at the NY Studio School of Drawing, Painting & Sculpture.

E M P E R I A L  G A L L E R Y

C  a  m  a  r  a d a s   E L   B  a  r  r  i  o

Presents:

Katie Ruiz

“Perceptions”

EXHIBITION OPENING: March 3rd 6-9 PM

Emperial Gallery

Camaradas El Barrio

2241 First Avenue (115 St) 

EL Barrio, Nueva York 10029

Kathleen Ruiz is a Chicana artist who resides in New York City. She was raised in Northern Arizona and Southern California. She loved growing up in the mountains and spent much of her time in nature. Her work is a reflection of the life she has lived and the people she cherishes. She loves to use colors, figures, and symbols to tell stories of her understanding of the world.

 

She has traveled to over twenty countries around the world and has a passion for cultures and helping people. She lived in Botswana, Africa and worked a Refugee camp and helped build a library and taught art. Later she lived in Guanajuato, Mexico and studied Fine Art at the University of Guanajuato, Mexico.

Ms. Ruiz has always had talent in painting and drawing.  She has a Bachelors Degree of Fine Art with a painting Emphasis from Northern Arizona University. She is currently working towards her Masters of Fine Art at the NY Studio School of Drawing, Painting & Sculpture.


Emperial ★ Gallery presents:
Suhaly Bautista (The Earth Warrior) “A Ribbon Around A Bomb”
Exhibition Opening: January 6th, 2014 6 -9 PM
Bobbito Garcia spins First Monday’s from 9 PM-1 AM
Emperial ★ Gallery
www.emperialgallery.tumblr.com
Camaradas El Barrio
2241 First Avenue (115 St) 10029
New Yorker by birth & Dominican by bloodline, Suhaly Bautista, otherwise known as, “The Earth Warrior,” is a photographer, world traveler and arts educator. In 2008, she graduated from NYU with a B.A. in English and American Literature and received her MPA from the Wagner School of Public Service at NYU in 2011, where she specialized in sustainable international development. Suhaly began her global escapades while living and working in Italy and Ghana and has served as an educator, activist and artist throughout Latin America. As a Graduate Resident Advisor and Global Ambassador at NYU, Suhaly coordinated service learning trips to New Orleans focused on sustainably rebuilding Katrina-devastated neighborhoods and was named one of “NYU’s 15 Most Influential Students,” for promoting art, diversity and social justice in her work. In 2011, Suhaly moved to Paraguay and started a 35mm film photography arts education project for youth called, Somos el Presente.
www.camaradasebarrio.com
Suhaly is the Project Coordinator for the “Culture of Creativity,” a visual art movement promoting and documenting unique, creative and revolutionary lifestyles. She is also a Cru member of FOKUS (Fighting Obstacles Knowing Ultimate Success), an arts advocacy organization designed to educate, empower and unite communities through the arts. Her photographic documents have been featured in FOKUS’ Insight Magazine.
Suhaly is currently the Social Justice Coordinator at the YWCA and is living, loving and working in New York City.

Emperial ★ Gallery presents:

Suhaly Bautista (The Earth Warrior) “A Ribbon Around A Bomb”

Exhibition Opening: January 6th, 2014 6 -9 PM

Bobbito Garcia spins First Monday’s from 9 PM-1 AM

Emperial ★ Gallery

www.emperialgallery.tumblr.com

Camaradas El Barrio

2241 First Avenue (115 St) 10029

New Yorker by birth & Dominican by bloodline, Suhaly Bautista, otherwise known as, “The Earth Warrior,” is a photographer, world traveler and arts educator. In 2008, she graduated from NYU with a B.A. in English and American Literature and received her MPA from the Wagner School of Public Service at NYU in 2011, where she specialized in sustainable international development. Suhaly began her global escapades while living and working in Italy and Ghana and has served as an educator, activist and artist throughout Latin America. As a Graduate Resident Advisor and Global Ambassador at NYU, Suhaly coordinated service learning trips to New Orleans focused on sustainably rebuilding Katrina-devastated neighborhoods and was named one of “NYU’s 15 Most Influential Students,” for promoting art, diversity and social justice in her work. In 2011, Suhaly moved to Paraguay and started a 35mm film photography arts education project for youth called, Somos el Presente.

www.camaradasebarrio.com

Suhaly is the Project Coordinator for the “Culture of Creativity,” a visual art movement promoting and documenting unique, creative and revolutionary lifestyles. She is also a Cru member of FOKUS (Fighting Obstacles Knowing Ultimate Success), an arts advocacy organization designed to educate, empower and unite communities through the arts. Her photographic documents have been featured in FOKUS’ Insight Magazine.

Suhaly is currently the Social Justice Coordinator at the YWCA and is living, loving and working in New York City.

M. TONY PERALTA
“DOÑA CON ROLOS”
CURATED BY: FERNANDO RUÍZ LORENZO
GALERÍA EMPERIAL 
NOVEMBER 4-25th
EXHIBITION OPENING: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4th, 6-9 PM
BOBBITO GARCIA SPINS 9 PM-1 AM
Photographic Source: © Iñaki Vinaixa
CAMARADAS EL BARRIO
2241 First Avenue (115 St)
Nueva York, 10029
www.mtonyperalta.com
www.emperialgallery.tumblr.com
www.camaradaselbarrio.com

M. TONY PERALTA

“DOÑA CON ROLOS”

CURATED BY: FERNANDO RUÍZ LORENZO

GALERÍA EMPERIAL 

NOVEMBER 4-25th

EXHIBITION OPENING: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4th, 6-9 PM

BOBBITO GARCIA SPINS 9 PM-1 AM

Photographic Source: © Iñaki Vinaixa

CAMARADAS EL BARRIO

2241 First Avenue (115 St)

Nueva York, 10029

www.mtonyperalta.com

www.emperialgallery.tumblr.com

www.camaradaselbarrio.com

“LA REUNIÓN”
Photographs by JOE CONZO
Curated by FERNANDO RUÍZ LORENZO
OCTOBER 3-23, 2013
ClOSING: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23rd, 6 PM-8:30 PM
G Bo the Pro Spin’s from 8:30 PM-1 AM
OPENING: MONDAY, OCTOBER 7th 6-9 PM
Musica by BOBBITO GARCIA 9 PM-1 AM 
EMPERIAL GALLERY
CAMARADAS EL BARRIO
2241 FIRST AVE (115 ST)
New York, Nueva York 10029
www.emperialgallery.tumblr.com
www.camaradaselbarrio.com
www.joeconzo.com
http://rmc.library.cornell.edu/hiphop/conzo.html

“LA REUNIÓN”

Photographs by JOE CONZO

Curated by FERNANDO RUÍZ LORENZO

OCTOBER 3-23, 2013

ClOSING: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23rd, 6 PM-8:30 PM

G Bo the Pro Spin’s from 8:30 PM-1 AM

OPENING: MONDAY, OCTOBER 7th 6-9 PM

Musica by BOBBITO GARCIA 9 PM-1 AM 

EMPERIAL GALLERY

CAMARADAS EL BARRIO

2241 FIRST AVE (115 ST)

New York, Nueva York 10029

www.emperialgallery.tumblr.com

www.camaradaselbarrio.com

www.joeconzo.com

http://rmc.library.cornell.edu/hiphop/conzo.html

Skeme . Sak . Shame 125 “Cotton Comes to Spanish Harlem” 
Curated by Fernando Ruíz Lorenzo 
Exhibition Closing: Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 6-8:30 PM 
G Bo the Pro spins Wayback Whensday from 8:30 PM-1 AM 
Emperial Gallery at Camaradas El Barrio 
2241 First Avenue (115 St) New York, Nueva York 10029 
www.emperialgallery.tumblr.com
Detail from Photograph courtesy of BIO (TATS CRU)

Skeme . Sak . Shame 125 “Cotton Comes to Spanish Harlem”

Curated by Fernando Ruíz Lorenzo

Exhibition Closing: Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 6-8:30 PM

G Bo the Pro spins Wayback Whensday from 8:30 PM-1 AM

Emperial Gallery at Camaradas El Barrio

2241 First Avenue (115 St) New York, Nueva York 10029 

www.emperialgallery.tumblr.com

Detail from Photograph courtesy of BIO (TATS CRU)

SKEME interview on The Bobbito Garcia Show East Village Radio
Click on Show Archive to listen to September 23rd: http://evrad.io/1bBqCiv

"Cotton Comes to Spanish Harlem"
Curated by Fernando Ruíz Lorenzo

Exhibition Closing: Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 6-8:30 PM

September 1-30, 2013

G Bo the Pro spins Wayback Whensday from 8:30 PM-1 AM
Emperial Gallery at Camaradas El Barrio

2241 First Avenue (115 St) 
New York, Nueva York 10029
www.emperialgallery.tumblr.com
Photo Credit: Vin Zarate http://500px.com/vinzarate

SKEME interview on The Bobbito Garcia Show East Village Radio

Click on Show Archive to listen to September 23rd: http://evrad.io/1bBqCiv

"Cotton Comes to Spanish Harlem"

Curated by Fernando Ruíz Lorenzo

Exhibition Closing: Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 6-8:30 PM

September 1-30, 2013

G Bo the Pro spins Wayback Whensday from 8:30 PM-1 AM

Emperial Gallery at Camaradas El Barrio

2241 First Avenue (115 St) 

New York, Nueva York 10029

www.emperialgallery.tumblr.com

Photo Credit: Vin Zarate http://500px.com/vinzarate

SKEME . SAK. SHAME 125
"Cotton Comes to Spanish Harlem"
Curated by Fernando Ruíz Lorenzo
September 1-30, 2013
Exhibition Opening: Monday, September 2, 2013 6-9 PM
Bobbito Garcia aka Kool Bob Love spins from 9 PM-1 AM
Emperial Gallery at Camaradas El Barrio
2241 First Avenue (115 St) 
New York, Nueva York 10029
www.emperialgallery.tumblr.com
Photo Credit: Vin Zarate http://500px.com/vinzarate

SKEME . SAK. SHAME 125

"Cotton Comes to Spanish Harlem"

Curated by Fernando Ruíz Lorenzo

September 1-30, 2013

Exhibition Opening: Monday, September 2, 2013 6-9 PM

Bobbito Garcia aka Kool Bob Love spins from 9 PM-1 AM

Emperial Gallery at Camaradas El Barrio

2241 First Avenue (115 St) 

New York, Nueva York 10029

www.emperialgallery.tumblr.com

Photo Credit: Vin Zarate http://500px.com/vinzarate

SKEME . SAK. SHAME 125
"Cotton Comes to Spanish Harlem"
Curated by Fernando Ruíz Lorenzo
Exhibition Opening: Monday, September 2, 2013 6-9 PM
Bobbito Garcia aka Kool Bob Love spins from 9 PM-1 AM
Emperial Gallery at Camaradas El Barrio
2241 First Avenue (115 St) 
New York, Nueva York 10029
www.emperialgallery.tumblr.com
Skeme’s Bio:
Skeme was born in the Bronx, New York in 1964 to his father, a Barbadian immigrant and his mother a true Harlemite. Through his adolescent years Skeme enjoyed a front row seat to the free art show that adorned the New York City subway system and as fate would have it he and his mother moved to Esplanade Gardens in Harlem; his apartment building was literally 40 feet from the No. 3 Train Yard. He began writing graffiti in mid 1978 but did not “hit” his first train as Skeme until 1980.  At the age of 15 Skeme “got up” on the New York City Mass Transit Authority’s  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, A, CC, D, E, F, M and J lines. This act of sending his work coursing throughout the veins of the five boroughs was known as going “ALL CITY”, an achievement not attained by many. Initially Skeme was known for bombing (writing) on the insides with a sophisticated “tag” style that has come to be one of the most recognizable “single hit” tags in graffiti history; however, Skeme soon discovered he had a knack for executing the elaborate masterpieces that many of the veteran writers before him and those of his day produced.
In the relatively short span of only two years Skeme covered the outsides of the trains with over 100 graffiti works of art with pieces ranging in intricacy from “simple silvers” to elaborate “wild style burners” to “whole car” productions.  In addition to inside tagging style and outside letter masterpieces, Skeme became known for his original self portrait side profile cartoon characters that set him apart from his peer artists and who would spawn a host of imitators and innovators. At the age of 16 Skeme “took king of (dominated)” the number 1 and 3 lines by having the most pieces running on that line.
From 1980 to 1982 Skeme painted with some of the most notable Graff Writers of his day to include Phase2, Kase2 (RIP), Part1, Chain3, Kool131, Tean5, Kade198, Dez, EN005 (RIP), and Daze; he also enjoyed membership in some of the top writing crews to include: TMT TNT TDS TED and TC.
In 1982 Skeme, along with his mother, gained a small notoriety after being featured in the pioneering Hip Hop and Graffiti documentary “Style Wars”, produced by Henry Chalfant and Tony Silvers (RIP). This film was featured on the NYC public broadcasting station (PBS) and went on to achieve cult status, and serve as the digital ambassador of Hip Hop and Graff culture throughout the world and helped to launch Skeme to an iconic Graffiti status. His Graff fame however, would be short lived; in 1982 his mother’s wisdom prevailed and her ultimatums forced him to leave home and join the US Army where he served for over 28 years with the 2nd, 4th, 7th Infantry Divisions, and 82 Airborne Division, amassing over 100 parachute jumps. After his military career came to an end in 2010, his interest in Graffiti was soon rekindled.  Since returning to painting Skeme has collaborated with some old and some new partners to produce some of  the most talked about “post-train-era” productions. Skeme has also produced limited works for private collectors and has most recently finished a one man solo show in the Varsi Gallery in Rome Italy. He plans to continue the legacy of NYC Graffiti Writers and staying true to the original letter forms of his Graff forefathers.
INSPIRATION FOR THE EXHIBITION TITLE: “COTTON COMES TO HARLEM”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKmSwcFkxCc
Detail from Photograph courtesy of BIO (TATS CRU)

SKEME . SAK. SHAME 125

"Cotton Comes to Spanish Harlem"

Curated by Fernando Ruíz Lorenzo

Exhibition Opening: Monday, September 2, 2013 6-9 PM

Bobbito Garcia aka Kool Bob Love spins from 9 PM-1 AM

Emperial Gallery at Camaradas El Barrio

2241 First Avenue (115 St) 

New York, Nueva York 10029

www.emperialgallery.tumblr.com

Skeme’s Bio:

Skeme was born in the Bronx, New York in 1964 to his father, a Barbadian immigrant and his mother a true Harlemite. Through his adolescent years Skeme enjoyed a front row seat to the free art show that adorned the New York City subway system and as fate would have it he and his mother moved to Esplanade Gardens in Harlem; his apartment building was literally 40 feet from the No. 3 Train Yard. He began writing graffiti in mid 1978 but did not “hit” his first train as Skeme until 1980.  At the age of 15 Skeme “got up” on the New York City Mass Transit Authority’s  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, A, CC, D, E, F, M and J lines. This act of sending his work coursing throughout the veins of the five boroughs was known as going “ALL CITY”, an achievement not attained by many. Initially Skeme was known for bombing (writing) on the insides with a sophisticated “tag” style that has come to be one of the most recognizable “single hit” tags in graffiti history; however, Skeme soon discovered he had a knack for executing the elaborate masterpieces that many of the veteran writers before him and those of his day produced.

In the relatively short span of only two years Skeme covered the outsides of the trains with over 100 graffiti works of art with pieces ranging in intricacy from “simple silvers” to elaborate “wild style burners” to “whole car” productions.  In addition to inside tagging style and outside letter masterpieces, Skeme became known for his original self portrait side profile cartoon characters that set him apart from his peer artists and who would spawn a host of imitators and innovators. At the age of 16 Skeme “took king of (dominated)” the number 1 and 3 lines by having the most pieces running on that line.

From 1980 to 1982 Skeme painted with some of the most notable Graff Writers of his day to include Phase2, Kase2 (RIP), Part1, Chain3, Kool131, Tean5, Kade198, Dez, EN005 (RIP), and Daze; he also enjoyed membership in some of the top writing crews to include: TMT TNT TDS TED and TC.

In 1982 Skeme, along with his mother, gained a small notoriety after being featured in the pioneering Hip Hop and Graffiti documentary “Style Wars”, produced by Henry Chalfant and Tony Silvers (RIP). This film was featured on the NYC public broadcasting station (PBS) and went on to achieve cult status, and serve as the digital ambassador of Hip Hop and Graff culture throughout the world and helped to launch Skeme to an iconic Graffiti status. His Graff fame however, would be short lived; in 1982 his mother’s wisdom prevailed and her ultimatums forced him to leave home and join the US Army where he served for over 28 years with the 2nd, 4th, 7th Infantry Divisions, and 82 Airborne Division, amassing over 100 parachute jumps. After his military career came to an end in 2010, his interest in Graffiti was soon rekindled.  Since returning to painting Skeme has collaborated with some old and some new partners to produce some of  the most talked about “post-train-era” productions. Skeme has also produced limited works for private collectors and has most recently finished a one man solo show in the Varsi Gallery in Rome Italy. He plans to continue the legacy of NYC Graffiti Writers and staying true to the original letter forms of his Graff forefathers.

INSPIRATION FOR THE EXHIBITION TITLE: “COTTON COMES TO HARLEM”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKmSwcFkxCc

Detail from Photograph courtesy of BIO (TATS CRU)

TRIKE GND
“THESE COLORS DON’T RUN”
Curated by Fernando Ruíz Lorenzo 
July.1-31.2013
OPENING: JULY 1st 6 PM -PM
First Monday: Bobbito Garcia and Rich Medina 9 PM-1 AM
CLOSING: JULY 31st 6 PM-8:30PM
Wayback Whensday: G BO the Pro 9 PM-1AM
E M P E R I A L   G A L L E R Y
www.emperialgallery.tumblr.com
C A M A R A D A S  E L  B A R R I O
www.camaradaselbarrio.com
2241 First Avenue, El Barrio, Nueva York 10029

TRIKE GND

“THESE COLORS DON’T RUN”

Curated by Fernando Ruíz Lorenzo 

July.1-31.2013

OPENING: JULY 1st 6 PM -PM

First Monday: Bobbito Garcia and Rich Medina 9 PM-1 AM

CLOSING: JULY 31st 6 PM-8:30PM

Wayback Whensday: G BO the Pro 9 PM-1AM

E M P E R I A L   G A L L E R Y

www.emperialgallery.tumblr.com

C A M A R A D A S  E L  B A R R I O

www.camaradaselbarrio.com

2241 First Avenue, El Barrio, Nueva York 10029

Tosta’o y Cola’o 
A collection of café paintings by Sien Ide  
Curated by Fernando Ruíz Lorenzo
May 8, 2013-June 30, 2013
Opening Reception: Wednesday, May 8th 6-9 PM
G Bo the Pro spins Way Back Whensday 9 PM -1 AM
Exhibition Closing and Mural Unveiling: Monday, June 3rd 6-9 PM 
Bobbito Garcia aka Kool Bob Love spins First Monday’s 9 PM- 1 AM 
2241 First Avenue, 115th Street, NY, NY 10027
Inquiries: emperial.gallery@gmail.com
www.emperialgallery.tumblr.com
www.camaradaselbarrio.com
Photo Credit: Sienide
Inspiration and Soundtrack of the Exhibition: “CAFÉ” by Eddie Palmieri and vocals by Ismael Quintana from “Echando Pa’lante” (1964).

Tosta’o y Cola’o 

A collection of café paintings by Sien Ide  

Curated by Fernando Ruíz Lorenzo

May 8, 2013-June 30, 2013

Opening Reception: Wednesday, May 8th 6-9 PM

G Bo the Pro spins Way Back Whensday 9 PM -1 AM

Exhibition Closing and Mural Unveiling: Monday, June 3rd 6-9 PM 

Bobbito Garcia aka Kool Bob Love spins First Monday’s 9 PM- 1 AM 

2241 First Avenue, 115th Street, NY, NY 10027

Inquiries: emperial.gallery@gmail.com

www.emperialgallery.tumblr.com

www.camaradaselbarrio.com

Photo Credit: Sienide

Inspiration and Soundtrack of the Exhibition: “CAFÉ” by Eddie Palmieri and vocals by Ismael Quintana from “Echando Pa’lante” (1964).

Tosta’o y Cola’o 
A collection of café paintings by Sien Ide  
Curated by Fernando Ruíz Lorenzo
May 8, 2013-June 30, 2013
Opening Reception: Wednesday, May 8th 6-9 PM
G Bo the Pro spins Way Back Whensday 9 PM -1 AM
Exhibition Closing and Mural Unveiling: Monday, June 3rd 6-9 PM 
Bobbito Garcia aka Kool Bob Love spins First Monday’s 9 PM- 1 AM 
2241 First Avenue, 115th Street, NY, NY 10027
Inquiries: emperial.gallery@gmail.com
www.emperialgallery.tumblr.com
www.camaradaselbarrio.com
Inspiration and Soundtrack of the Exhibition: “CAFÉ” by Eddie Palmieri and vocals by Ismael Quintana from “Echando Pa’lante” (1964).

Tosta’o y Cola’o 

A collection of café paintings by Sien Ide  

Curated by Fernando Ruíz Lorenzo

May 8, 2013-June 30, 2013

Opening Reception: Wednesday, May 8th 6-9 PM

G Bo the Pro spins Way Back Whensday 9 PM -1 AM

Exhibition Closing and Mural Unveiling: Monday, June 3rd 6-9 PM 

Bobbito Garcia aka Kool Bob Love spins First Monday’s 9 PM- 1 AM 

2241 First Avenue, 115th Street, NY, NY 10027

Inquiries: emperial.gallery@gmail.com

www.emperialgallery.tumblr.com

www.camaradaselbarrio.com

Inspiration and Soundtrack of the Exhibition: “CAFÉ” by Eddie Palmieri and vocals by Ismael Quintana from “Echando Pa’lante” (1964).

Emperial Gallery featured in Time Out New York Magazine Issue 904 April 25 - May 1, 2013

Hans Schmitter [Haks]
"SURRENDER."
Curated by Fernando Ruíz Lorenzo
Exhibition Closing: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 6-9 PM
Emperial Gallery |
Camaradas El Barrio
2241 First Avenue, 115 Street
www.emperialgallery.tumblr.com
www.camaradselbarrio.com
Hans “HAKS 180” Schmitter

Born in Iowa in 1970, Hans was raised in Middlebury Vermont, where he dreamed a life in New York ever since seeing Wild Style on PBS in 1984. His dream finally came true when he moved to the City in 1996 and immersed himself in Hip Hop/Graffiti culture while working as a graphic designer. After 13 years of the New York grind and experiencing all the joy and pain, love and heartbreak and general ass kickings the city had to offer, Hans moved out of the city to do some traveling and continues to do so. He currently maintains a home base in Vermont where he is a sometimes freelance graphic designer/new school flyer king, part time snowboarder/sledding professional and a full time artist, among other things. 

His current exhibit, Surrender, is a showing of Hans’ recent work of paintings and 3D shadow boxes which feature his character “The Lonesome Soldier”, as well as inspirations from his life travels, including: the nature of Vermont, the graffiti, grime and texture of The Bronx, the passion of Argentina and the spirituality of Nepal and India.

Hans Schmitter [Haks]

"SURRENDER."

Curated by Fernando Ruíz Lorenzo

Exhibition Closing: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 6-9 PM

Emperial Gallery |

Camaradas El Barrio

2241 First Avenue, 115 Street

www.emperialgallery.tumblr.com

www.camaradselbarrio.com

Hans “HAKS 180” Schmitter

Born in Iowa in 1970, Hans was raised in Middlebury Vermont, where he dreamed a life in New York ever since seeing Wild Style on PBS in 1984. His dream finally came true when he moved to the City in 1996 and immersed himself in Hip Hop/Graffiti culture while working as a graphic designer. After 13 years of the New York grind and experiencing all the joy and pain, love and heartbreak and general ass kickings the city had to offer, Hans moved out of the city to do some traveling and continues to do so. He currently maintains a home base in Vermont where he is a sometimes freelance graphic designer/new school flyer king, part time snowboarder/sledding professional and a full time artist, among other things. 
His current exhibit, Surrender, is a showing of Hans’ recent work of paintings and 3D shadow boxes which feature his character “The Lonesome Soldier”, as well as inspirations from his life travels, including: the nature of Vermont, the graffiti, grime and texture of The Bronx, the passion of Argentina and the spirituality of Nepal and India.
Eileen Lei 
"A Nation Can Rise No Higher Than Its Woman"
January 7- February 3, 2013
Opening Reception: January 7, 2013 6- 9PM
Music by Bobbito Garcia 9 PM-1 AM
Emperial Gallery
www.emperialgallery.tumblr.com
Camaradas El Barrio
2241 First Avenue at 115 St
El Barrio, Nueva York
www.camaradaselbarrio.com
http://eileenlei.com/
About the artist:
At an early age Eileen Lei was inspired by the rawness of hip hop, reflecting her passion for storytelling and truth-telling through art. As a 2nd generation Chinese American born and raised in the Bay Area, Eileen is a product of community and cultural intersections. She picked up her first paintbrush at the age of 3, guided by her first art teacher - her grandmother. Eileen’s childhood represented the complexity and beauty of growing up in the diverse culture of the Bay. She was raised simultaneously in the crowded and historical streets of San Francisco Chinatown and the hardened neighborhoods of Richmond, CA. Rebellious by nature, Eileen challenged the expectations of her traditional Chinese family.  Her identity was shaped by her ability to pick up her pens and paintbrushes in order to express her growing pains through art and words. As a child, a teenager and an adult, this always fueled her evolution as a woman. It was the revolutionary spirit of Oakland, CA that shaped Eileen’s social justice and feminist thinking.  
The unique privilege of being nurtured by the cultural diversity in the Bay Area allowed Eileen to move to the unforgiving city of New York. It is here, in the city of dreams made or broken, where Eileen’s creativity was both inspired to and forced to blossom - artistic creation in New York became not only a passion but a means and a necessity for survival and well-being. By day, Eileen works as a make-up artist.  A woman’s face is a natural extension of her art canvas, as much of her paintings reflect the strength and light of women. Her passion, however, lies in her easel where she is met with the continuous opportunity to tell a story. 
Today, Eileen’s art reflects the challenges and triumphs of rising against the odds – both self-imposed and socially-imposed. Her paintings are a meditation on courage, as this is the theme of the creative growth and evolution of Eileen as an artist. Courage not only allowed her to survive but it also allows her to lead a life that is reflective and truthful of her personal journey. As an artist, Eileen strives to be just that – courageous and honest.
"A Nation Can Rise No Higher Than Its Woman"at Emperial Gallery will be Eileen’s first solo exhibition. 

Eileen Lei 

"A Nation Can Rise No Higher Than Its Woman"

January 7- February 3, 2013

Opening Reception: January 7, 2013 6- 9PM

Music by Bobbito Garcia 9 PM-1 AM

Emperial Gallery

www.emperialgallery.tumblr.com

Camaradas El Barrio

2241 First Avenue at 115 St

El Barrio, Nueva York

www.camaradaselbarrio.com

http://eileenlei.com/

About the artist:

At an early age Eileen Lei was inspired by the rawness of hip hop, reflecting her passion for storytelling and truth-telling through art. As a 2nd generation Chinese American born and raised in the Bay Area, Eileen is a product of community and cultural intersections. She picked up her first paintbrush at the age of 3, guided by her first art teacher - her grandmother. Eileen’s childhood represented the complexity and beauty of growing up in the diverse culture of the Bay. She was raised simultaneously in the crowded and historical streets of San Francisco Chinatown and the hardened neighborhoods of Richmond, CA. Rebellious by nature, Eileen challenged the expectations of her traditional Chinese family.  Her identity was shaped by her ability to pick up her pens and paintbrushes in order to express her growing pains through art and words. As a child, a teenager and an adult, this always fueled her evolution as a woman. It was the revolutionary spirit of Oakland, CA that shaped Eileen’s social justice and feminist thinking.  

The unique privilege of being nurtured by the cultural diversity in the Bay Area allowed Eileen to move to the unforgiving city of New York. It is here, in the city of dreams made or broken, where Eileen’s creativity was both inspired to and forced to blossom - artistic creation in New York became not only a passion but a means and a necessity for survival and well-being. By day, Eileen works as a make-up artist.  A woman’s face is a natural extension of her art canvas, as much of her paintings reflect the strength and light of women. Her passion, however, lies in her easel where she is met with the continuous opportunity to tell a story. 

Today, Eileen’s art reflects the challenges and triumphs of rising against the odds – both self-imposed and socially-imposed. Her paintings are a meditation on courage, as this is the theme of the creative growth and evolution of Eileen as an artist. Courage not only allowed her to survive but it also allows her to lead a life that is reflective and truthful of her personal journey. As an artist, Eileen strives to be just that – courageous and honest.

"A Nation Can Rise No Higher Than Its Woman"at Emperial Gallery will be Eileen’s first solo exhibition. 


Emperial Gallery Presents:
THE STENCIL NETWORK
“B r e a k i n g   L i g h t”

Opening November 5, 2012 6-9 PM
Bobbito Garcia 9 pm-1 Am
Camaradas  El Barrio
2241 1st Ave, New York, NY 10029

Emperial Gallery Presents:

THE STENCIL NETWORK

“B r e a k i n g   L i g h t”


Opening November 5, 2012 6-9 PM

Bobbito Garcia 9 pm-1 Am

Camaradas  El Barrio

2241 1st Ave, New York, NY 10029