Fourth Annual Rosarito Art Fest Promises Plenty of Local Colors
The Fourth Annual Rosarito Art Fest is just around the corner, and if previous festivals are any indication, we will be treated to some great art work, as well as international food and world-class entertainment. If that isn’t enough, the event is free, according to the Committee Chairman, Benito del Aguila. This is the fourth time Aguila has chaired the Rosarito Art Fest, which will take place during Memorial Day weekend, May 25-26.
Benito was born in Mexico City and moved to Baja at an early age. Although he owns his own art gallery, he is not an artist. He is more of a leader and a director of the art community. Local artists look to him when they have questions, ideas for promoting art in Rosarito, or need to make plans for an event. Benito started his career as a teacher. He became motivated to learn more about the masters early in his life. His hobby then turned into a passion to learn more and more. This eventually led to the opening of his first art gallery. This came at a time when the local economy started its decline.
Motivated and determined, Benito moved his gallery to Rosarito, where he has operated the Baja Art Gallery for a number of years. Through his acquaintances, and after establishing himself in our community, Benito has worked with most of the local artists. His art studio displays many of their works. For example, Esau Andrade’s art is prominent in the studio. Esau’s unique style and blends of color are reason enough to make him one of the outstanding local talents. Born in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico, he comes from a family of artists, including his mother and brother. He became a serious artist after he attended la ‘Escuela de Artes Plasticas’ at the University of Guadalajara.
Aside from his local creations, Esau’s paintings are included in the collections at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach. In San Miguel del Valle, New Mexico, his work is presented at Saint Michael Church. Esau’s work is also on display at The Chrysler Company in San Antonio, Texas as well as at the Hispanic Broadcasting Company in Los Angeles, and the Downey Museum of Art in Downey, California. He also offers one man exhibitions at Galeria Uno in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, as well as a number of other areas in North America. He will be one of the more than 100 artists who will be present at the Rosarito Art Fest. Joining him will be fellow artist, Alfonso Arambula Robles who specializes in sculptures.
Born in Ensenada, Alfonso says his inspiration comes from his love for nature and the universe. Alfonso studied art at Palomar College in San Diego, CA. Like Esau he first started his career as a teacher. His art pieces can be discovered in countries all over the world, including Mexico, Japan, Spain, and the U.S. In addition to sculpture, he also presents art workshops nationally and internationally, and often enters art exhibitions. He won first place in the Biennial Sculpture contest organized by the Culture Institute of Baja with his sculpture, “The Soaked Cow.” This piece is presently on exhibit at the gardens located in the Port of Ensenada. He also won a FOECA (Fondo Estatal para la Cultura y las Artes) grant with his five meter long creation of “The Whale Shark.” Most likely Alfonso will be creating some new sculptures during the Rosarito Art Fest.
Esau and Alfonso are just two of the well-known artists who will be appearing at the festival, according to Benito. The event will feature 150 tents offering a variety of works. There will also be an International food court as well as performances featuring dancers and singers. The show will conclude with a performance by the world-renowned Baja California Orchestra. The first year the event drew 6,000 people. This number tripled within three years. Benito anticipates a crowd of 18,000 to attend this year’s Fourth Annual Rosarito Art Fest, making the show one of the most important events in northern Mexico.
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