Tucson and surrounding areas are full of wonderful artists, a number of which have joined the Tango world. Argentine Tango, being the artform it is, has affected our local artists in many wonderful ways. They are now applying tango to their art expression.
For a number of years, it has been Jo’s wish to offer a portal for tango artists to exhibit and sell their tango inspirations. 2013 is the year we have made this happen. As you enjoy the many offerings of this year’s Tucson Tango Festival, we hope you take some quiet time to immerse yourself in this expression of Tango as art.
Pedro Arandia offers a unique glimpse of the tango scene from the inside. Arandia is a very interesting and gifted tango artist of today. A multi-talented painter, sculptor, printmaker and passionate dancer, with a career spanning over 22 years, Pedro is uniquely placed to capture tango from a multifaceted perspective and brings the complete life and soul of his subject to his work. An accomplished artist since childhood, Pedro’s talent won him many awards from an early age. Learning initially from his gifted mother, at the age of 20 Pedro’s artistic skill secured him a place at the (art) Instituto Beato Angelico in Buenos Aires where he received many prizes for his work.
Pedro started dancing tango in 1991 with the great old masters such as Mingo Pugliese, Pepito Avellaneda and Antonio Todaro. He’s professional debut was in 1994 at Academia Nacional del Tango. He has danced with famous orchestras such as Osvaldo Pugliese, El Arranque and Alberto Castillo, he was dancing at Café Tortoni for several seasons with different orchestras and groups. He drew heavily on his new found dance passion for inspiration in his art. And having taught and performed in over 20 countries since 1995, he has a wealth of experience to draw from. He uses a wide range of techniques in his work, (from painting with oil and acrylic, sculpture and woodcutting, to etching and silkscreen) and is constantly incorporating new techniques and influences into his art from the many countries, museums, art galleries and artists he has encountered around the world. He has exhibited in Buenos Aires (at the World tango championship) Melbourne, Perth, London, Hamburg, Zurich and Mexico City to wide popular acclaim and great commercial success.
Now he will show audiences in US one chance to enter into the heart of a tango dancer through the eye of the artist, with this final exhibition and art sale in Tucson Tango Festival 2013.
As a tango teacher he has toured many countries regularly including Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, the UK, Germany, Ireland, Denmark, Switzerland, Italy, Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, the USA and Mexico. As a tango maestro he is most sort after for his excellent dancing technique and teaching method derive from the old masters in Argentina.
Pedro will also be available for private lessons – $100 per hour for pass holders – $25 floor fees for non-pass holders
I was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. Porcelain painting is my specialty, however my repertoire includes watercolor, acrylic and glass painting, fusing and design. I enjoy creating wall murals in both porcelain painted tile, acrylic paint, or with multimedia creations using tile, stone, wood, metal and glass.
I am inspired by the desert and love recreating the beauty of it in my art, both plant and wildlife alike. However, my designs are not limited the desert alone. Custom design such as fancy scrolls, insect to elephants, fanciful creatures (even rubber duckies), naturalistic to geometric is just that, “custom”. I design original murals and single tile art pieces after working directly with the customer or designer to create the look you are trying to achieve. Each piece is a signed original.
Niki Glen has been painting large scale participatory murals in public spaces for the past 40 years. She also is a nationally known mosaic artist and works in clay and metal. Many of her mosaics and murals also include smooth glass and stones.
Niki’s work can be seen in cities and neighborhoods in Montana, Wisconsin, Arizona, and around the US. She designed four benches for IKEA in Tempe, the Entryway #1 at Arizona Mills Mall, an interactive mosaic wall in the Phoenix Children’s Hospital chapel, a bus shelter designed with McClintock High school students working side by side with the artists, and many other wonderful outdoor murals and participatory installations.
Her paintings capture the feeling and flow of the moment and she attributes her “new found ability” to paint totally spontaneously and in the present to skills she learned during her 8 years of dancing Argentine tango. A deep love of nature and the beauty that surrounds us inform her work and give it that added dimension that can not be fully described with words (like tango!). The joy that she feels as she paints comes through in each piece as she depicts a wide range of emotions… All beautiful in their own way.
Web page : NikiGlen.com
Facebook page: Niki Glen Studios
A little over a quarter of a century ago, in a small medieval town in Estonia a child was born. They named her Inna Rohr. At an early age Inna discovered her passion for art, and began attending fine art schools. Watercolors, acrylics, drawing, engraving were the focus of her studies. When it was time for her to leave her parents’ nest, she picked Tucson, Arizona as a new place of her residence.
Magic happened in Tucson as she discovered her other passion: Argentine tango. As her life changed to the rhythm of tango, her soul was in need of more creative release than dancing tango alone could provide: thus Inna regained her inspiration for painting as she discovered oils. Now she spends hours painting still-lives and vivid tango scenes. Inna is still in the process of finding her own personal style, she loves to experiment with shapes, colors, light, motion and emotions.
Inna Rohr’s collective works cover from tangible to the digital mediums: you have seen her work for Tucson Tango Festival, and, if you are a local, more than likely you have seen her work as an art director for Tucson’s major TV stations.
Inna loves sharing her passion for art and beauty through her painting, dancing, professional work and her social commitments.
charly van den bergh is a multi-media expressionist who uses visual and performing arts to enrich peoples’ lives. born, raised and academically trained in germany, she now creates in the southwestern desert of the united states of america.
before her argentine tango life, charly danced hula for several years and also worked as an actress within tucson community theater groups. never tied to just one passion, she also is a writer and poet, a produced playwright and an artist.
her paintings convey various messages about relationships, society, politics and philosophy through the use of stylized figures which through their stereotypical postures turn into a form of modern day hieroglyph. occasionally these are annotated to interpret, emphasize or contradict the image.
for her tango art series, the same creative artistic method is used to convey the essence of argentine tango by taking the dancing couple out of context, putting them on a neutral background, and thus freezing them in ‘tango time’. the viewer is challenged to see if the illustrations reflect their personal philosophy of the dance.