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 This week I am one of the artists interviewed and photographed by Columbia University’s The Columbia Spectator/The Eye Magazine for this year’s NoMAA Upper Manhattan Art Stroll and Open Studio. The Columbia Spectator it is the oldest continuously operating college news daily, after The Harvard Crimson. Honored to be among such a brilliant group of people representing for uptown. zfmq_columbiau.jpg   I'm also expressing my gratitude to the young journalists of The Columbia Spectator, for giving my art a platform to bring awareness of the humanitarian crisis in Nicaragua and the #sosnicaragua movement. Stay tuned for open studio dates! zfmq_5890224721652540635716053944466027269586944o.jpg   THE AZUL Y BLANCO PROJECT:  New project dedicated to bringing awareness to the crisis in Nicaragua. Entitled “Azul Y Blanco” #YoPintoAzulyBlanco the series of palette knife drawings celebrates the people and culture of Nicaragua. I'm drawing and posting a new drawing each day until May 30, commemorating the Mother’s Day massacre of 2018. The works will remain in my private archive but you can download free digital versions which you can share with others.
One year after revolt, Daniel Ortega continues to oppress, imprison and torture Nicaraguans. The people face increasing authoritarianism. While Ortega, Rosario Murillo and family have grown extremely rich. Nicaragua remains the second-poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. The situation barely makes international headlines, but the murderous dictatorship continues to oppress the people, while the resistance lives, and the struggle continues. The project is a tribute to the students and the #sosNicaraua movement.