Ramon Pablo Vidali
AMON PABLO VIDALI painted life in the Castro in the 1970s and 1980s which included expressive street scenes, store fronts, nudes, drag queens as well as one of his favorite subjects, The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.
These vibrant paintings artistically and historically chronicled a now-important era of gay activity in the United States, uniquely capturing the cultural and political expression of the time -- particularly in San Francisco which had become a gay mecca for men and women around the world.
On Canvas, Ramon artistically captured a historical moment gay history in San Francisco that he himself was experiencing, including the important literary expression of the time with Armistead Maupin's Tales of the Cityand the epic political expression of the time with the movement that was occurring around Harvey Milk.
It has been said that Ramon's paintings are an absolute representation of the Castro at the time and his work has historical importance.
An Luke NguyenPainter
An Luke Nguyen is a Vietnamese American artist based in San Francisco.
He grew up in the Central Valley of California and began exploring art as a teenager. An's signature color pallet of blues and greens, which he established in his early work, is still evident in his recent paintings. His experiences as a chemistry & art student sparked an interest in intaglio printmaking; the etching process uses chemical reactions to create an image on a metal plate. After finishing college at UC Davis, he studied drawing & painting in Paris & the French Riviera. After he pursued graduate studies in chemistry at UC San Diego, An then moved to Nob Hill in San Francisco to continue his career in science & art.
An currently works as a chemist in the pharmaceutical industry. He supports preclinical research through early phase pharmaceutical formulation of small molecule drugs. Although formally trained as a scientist, he treats art as a top priority in his lifeIn this work, I explore dehumanization and shame to share a narrative about the stigma associated with HIV and BDSM, particularly in pup play. Although the queer community is an oppressed minority group, it can still be prejudiced against subgroups.
Despite recent advances in HIV research, humiliation due to HIV haunts many and is worse for those who are not surrounded by supportive and progressive communities. Unfortunately, many HIV+ individuals can feel isolated due to shame. My work opposes that shame. The blue pills in my paintings are a medication called Truvada, which is used to prevent HIV infection in someone who is HIV-. The gray pills are Odefsey, one of the many medications used to lower the virus to undetectable levels in someone who is HIV+. Someone who is HIV+ with undetectable amounts of the virus cannot transmit the virus to someone else. The attitude towards HIV has drastically transformed in recent years as we have learned how to treat the virus, and my paintings document our changing history. My intention through my work is to destigmatize HIV by raising awareness about treatment.
Some early academics claim that practitioners of BDSM are mentally ill. My art challenges this kink-shaming by sharing the romantic nature of dominant and submissive roles in pup play. I am fascinated by the relationship dynamics in this kink because they are not found in vanilla/traditional relationships. In pup play, the dominant is the pup handler, and the submissive is the pup. A pup handler commonly claims a pup as their own by putting a collar and name tag around the pup’s neck. I believe this display of affection is a quintessential example of intimacy that is overlooked and unappreciated because of the stigma associated with BDSM. It is love.
I believe exposure encourages society to accept the oppressed. The goal of my work is to help the shamed feel unashamed.
I have been involed in the San Antonio Arts Community for a number of years. Serving on the Artist Foundation of San Antonio Board of Directors, McNay Art Museum MCCF Executive Committee, and the San Antonio Area Foudation's Arts and Culture Committee. I volunteered on the decoration committee for a number of fund raisers. It was during that time that I started using acrylic on plastic card board (colorplast) since the images were used outside. I created large scale shadow boxes. With family and friends encouragement I returned to painting on canvas with a focus of figures that are telling a story. I paint the canvas first with a primary color like the colorplast. It gives the paintings a tone that sneaks through the work.
My beloved hobby is to capture beautiful places and moments one watercolor painting at a time.
Sabrina is a self-taught artist and illustrator who started creating art as a young teenager. Inspired by the emerging punk scene in the early 80’s, she had a fascination with aspects of beauty found in community of misfits and junkies. At age 46, she graduated Delancey Street Foundation with an appreciation of life that is reflected in her work today. Personal aesthetics and the comfort of colors drive most pieces and her style and design vary with each subject. Although she has been creating art for over 30 years this is the first time she has shown her work to the public. “Finding beauty and levity in the midst of political angst is sometimes the driving force that sparks the first idea of a new piece”.
Sabrina lives in San Francisco, where she has lived most of her life and works in Restorative Justice, helping returning citizens, coming out of the prison system obtain employment. “To be able to do the two things I love the most is amazing and it reflects in most of my work