The Mestizo Institute of Culture and Arts is hosting a new exhibit addressing the intersections between race and ethnic identity in the Latinx community. Rainbow Variance, composed of paintings by artist Andrew Alba, opens with a Gallery Stroll Opening Reception on Friday, September 16 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Set to run until October 14, the exhibit explores the stories of white, afro-Latinx, brown, bi-racial, queer and undocumented people.
Artist Andrew Alba was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah and has pursued painting and drawing from an early age. His pieces incorporate abstraction and neo-expressionism, while working outside the predominant art world. Recent travel through Mexico and up to Alaska exposed Alba to plein air painting, which he has incorporated into his artistic style.
The Mestizo Institute of Culture and Arts is a public art space for all, especially those who in the past have been excluded from other public forums. Celebrating difference through dialogue, arts, activism, and education, the institute is housed in Mestizo Coffee House located at 631 W. North Temple in Salt Lake City.