Reframing Comunidad, The Art of Ester Hernandez and Shizu Saldamando

Rubin & Paula Torres Gallery
September 10, 2021 to February 6, 2022

Ester Hernandez (b.1944, CA) and Shizu Saldamando  (b.1978, CA) share a deep commitment to creating portraits. Utilizing paper, canvas, wood panel and cloth, they create sensitive drawings and paintings of a cross-section of people. Some portraits are intimate tributes to family members and friends. Others serve as social statements that bring visibility to invisible community and neighborhood residents. The exhibition provides a survey of their art across decades and from different cities, including recent portraits of each other never before exhibited.

Ester Hernández y Shizu Saldamando comparten un profundo compromiso con la creación de retratos. Mediante el uso de papel, lienzo, paneles de madera y tela, crearon dibujos sensibles y pinturas de una muestra representativa de personas. Algunos retratos son tributos íntimos a familiares y amigos. Otros son declaraciones sociales que hacen visible a los residentes de vecindarios y comunidades invisibles. La exhibición brinda una idea de su arte a través de las décadas y de diferentes ciudades. Esto incluye a retratos recientes de cada uno que nunca antes habían sido exhibidos.

Curated by Terezita Romo


Funded by:
National Endowment for the Arts
City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
Chicago Park District
The Joyce Foundation
Illinois Arts Council a State Agency

Shizu Saldamando, La Ester with Agave, 2021, Oil paint, metal leaf, sign paint, spray paint, glitter, decals, washi paper, on found folding screen, 36 x 61”x ¾”. Courtesy of the artist
Ester Hernandez, La Shizu, 2021, Conte Crayon on Japanese handmade paper, 36" x 24 ½” Courtesy of the artist.

Friday, September 10, 2021 to Thursday, February 10, 2022