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March Artist-in-Residence: Roberto Yamir Hernandez

March 2, 2011March 27, 2011

CoLoRes OrGaniCos!

Since ancient times, the use of natural elements for the production of colors has transformed the Mesoamerican world. Through the centuries, pigmented cave paintings have survived, marking the passing of many civilizations—Olmec, Mayas Aztec, Teotihuacan, Zapotec, and Toltec. The use of such colors can be also appreciated in countless other artistic pieces: diverse mural paintings, dichromic and polychromic vessels, figurines, and textile fragments, demonstrating the use of colorants and dyes in ceremonial objects and clothing for the elite.

CoLoRes OrGaniCos! provides museum visitors with an opportunity to learn the indigenous creative process of making colors from natural elements: water, earth, air, fire, sand, vegetables, fruits, flowers, trees, sea, minerals, and animals. Visitors of all ages can engage in hands-on making of pigments, painting, and observing the techniques of current paintings in progress by the artist. Come visit the artist’s environment, Mi Casa, filled with paintings musical instruments, fotos, musica, videos, and books.

Friday, March 25, 6:00-8:30 p.m.  
Closing reception in the Kimball Education Gallery
Celebrate the residency of Roberto Yamir Heranandez with light refreshments and live music.

 The Artist Studio program is supported by the Fleishhacker Foundation.


The Artist Studio program is a part of FAMSF’s Cultural Encounters initiative designed to attract new and diverse audiences to the Museums. Cultural Encounters is generously funded by the James Irvine Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Columbia Foundation, and the Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation.  Thank you to Aveleda Wines for their in-kind support.