Artist of the Month
Raquel García Martínez was born and raised in the border town of Tijuana Baja California, Mexico.
From a young age, Raquel found great joy in art, influenced primarily by her creative and resourceful
mother and a father who loved long family road trips throughout Mexico. Early exposure to the
beautiful indigenous and regional art styles from all over the country was an important factor in her love
for painting. Jalisco, Oaxaca and Guanajuato are among the places that left a great impression on her
young mind because of the colorful pottery, paintings, handcrafted sculptures and figurines, making her
an admirer of her country’s folk art.
Raquel is a self-taught painter who enjoys portraying her culture through bright and folkloric decorative
shadow boxes also known as “Nichos.” She has a special interest in utilizing recycled materials as well as
rescued or repurposed wooden items and furniture. Her main medium is acrylic paint however Raquel is
also an avid sketch artist with pencil and graphite.
Raquel has lived in Seattle for the past 26 years. She is the proud Mother of 4 amazing sons. Raquel has
worked at El Centro de la Raza’s Senior Center for 17 years, serving and empowering the elderly in her
community through education, nutrition, physical activity and of course, making art.
Artist of the Month
Rafa Diaz is a strong advocate of education, art and diversity. Rafa grew up in “La Guerrero”, in Downtown Mexico City. When he was 12 he started working as a delivery boy at printing workshops in “La Obrera” to help support his family. As a delivery boy Rafa spent tons of hours in public transit sketching elements from Mexico City.
In 2018 Rafa decided to make his artwork public to everyone and start a professional career as “rcxr”. This decision was motivated by other fellow Latinx artists in Seattle and close friends, like Jake Prendez and Raquel García, who encouraged him to start sharing his story through art. Rafa’s artwork talks about diversity, anti-racism, education, his Mother Culture: Mexico, and the Pacific Northwest.
Rafa’s style is chaotic. His drawings use multiple imperfect lines that overlap. This is a consequence of drawing as fast as he could while riding the public transit, and sketching while standing at work whenever there were no customers, and doodling in between classes. Rafa would draw whenever he had some free time.
Rafa pursued a career in computer science: he has a B.S. in Computer Graphics and Artificial Intelligence, and a M.S. in Video Game Development from DigiPen. Rafa currently works as a software engineer at Google.
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