Best in Show for Art House NYC!

So excited to announce I was selected as Best in Show by Art House NYC for Frieze Week in NYC!

The image below was selected as part of a group show with the them " Peace de Resistance", out of the many talented artists along side me exhibiting I am so honored to have been selected. Thank you Art House NYC ! 

Light Up LA illuminates Hollywood for Salsa Sundays!

Every Sunday of May I will be displaying 'Light Up LA' at Candela on La Brea in Hollywood. This after brunch event offers an amazing Live Salsa Band playing well known songs such as She's So Heavy by The Beatles and Californication from The Red Hot Chili Peppers. You don't want to miss this new age spanglish transformed band. The photos I have on display are uniquely printed on glass and back lit by an ultra thin LED screen, making the lights of the city glow. This is an event to look out for, not to mention great happy hour specials! Come by Candela on La Brea every Sunday for the right way to rehab for a great start to the week! Click HERE! for the event page for more info.

NYC Art House: Peace De Resistance Group Show!

So excited to have been selected to exhibit with NYC Art House for their Peace De Resistance Group Show during Frieze Week May 4 – May 7 !  

"We live in interesting times and our latest group show Peace De Resistance explores the peace and resistance that we now observe, experience and execute in our daily lives exploring the truth that lies underneath the surface of appearance. " - NYC Art House

Link to Facebook page of event for those in NYC wanting to attend! CLICK HERE

Graffiti is Empowering Mexico

Graffiti artists from across Mexico and US unite over two days in the colony Nueva Vallejo in Mexico to create murals as inspiration for local residents to take action in bettering their community through art.

Words and Photographs by Raquel Natalicchio , Mexico City - February 4, 2017

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Neighborhood resident observing 'Peyote' painting for the ' Mi Nuevo Barrio Art Festival' in the colony of Nueva Vallejo, MX.

 

North of Mexico City in the colony Nueva Vallejo, 'Mi barrio Resurge Festival de Arte' was born from the concern of neighbors to improve their neighborhood and give an example to the rest of the city how art is able to create a better environment to live in. From February 4th to the 5th, 22 artists including some of the best from all over Mexico along with artists from Los Angeles and Detroit in the US, gathered to paint three blocks worth of walls.

  Collaborating organizers Idalia Lopez and graffiti artist ‘Ashes’ teamed up representing residents speaking out to better improve theirneighborhoods from within community cultural and art committees. The two organized with graffiti paint shops, artists and neighbors, first choosing a location, then artistic themes and color schemes for each wall, resulting in mandalas, free wall and nature inspired themes. Some neighbors even came out the day before the event to help prepare the walls for the artists. “This festival is     about bringing color and life back to the streets, but more importantly its about getting people together and actively involved in making their community a better place. Gentrification is inching its way towards our community, so we want to set the pace and do things from our point of view. ”said organizer Lopez.   

    Throughout the two day event, artists painted from morning to sunset while neighbors passed by. Residents stopped in their tracksmesmerized in wonder having never seen not only their streets filled with color but, so many artists all painting at once. “ Im happy that every time I open my front door I will see thesecolorful walls, I wish all the walls in the community looked like this.”said a resident whose home is across the street from the walls being painted. 

    With every piece being created independently by a different artist, it was interesting to see the unison of all the pieces on each separately themed wall.Within a couple hours into theirpainting, there was a moment where every artist was in sync to their neighboring artist. French graffiti artist ‘Trust’ now living in Mexico City said “ I’m just throwing my emotions on the wall, right now I feel differently than I did when I painted the inside of the letters earlier, so now I have to change them as the piece is constantly evolving with myemotions and environment” The sense of freedom created by the welcoming of the community set a very serene tone for the artists to work with. The neighborhood was buzzing with positivity and excited chatter. Someneighbors even asked the artists if they could come paint the walls in their gardens and streets. One neighbor in particular asked a couple artists to paint his work van, he brought his two young daughters to watch with excitement. 

    ‘Cache,' long time graffiti artist from Los Angeles who traveled to Mexico for the festival said “I like that the neighbors were into it, and the little they have, they offer.” Neighbors fed the artists both days with delicious Mexican home cooked meals. I asked if from Cache’s perspective he thought that having the neighbors see the art being created and being involved in the movement to beautify the neighborhood will inspire them to take charge into doing so with the rest of the community? ‘Cache’ replied “ I sure hope so, I saw a spark in a kid's eye when he saw us painting, it gave me a little bit of hope for the future.”   

    This was the first of a two part festival revamping the streets of the community, bringing them back to life with vibrant art. The second festival will be happening in the same fashion in April, with even more artists, both national and international. 

For more information and list of artists involved visit Non Profit Organization organizing this festival: Culture al Hilo , www.culturalhilo.org/

For more photos from the festival follow link , www.raquelnatalicchio.com/mi-nuevo-barrio-graffiti-fest-mexico-city-2017/

 

All photos are copyright to ©Raquel Natalicchio

Night On Broadway 2017

Night on Broadway was so much fun! Felt like all of LA was there. I had the pleasure of showing in the mezzanine of the infamous Ace Hotel Theater. I showed the project 'Light Up LA' featuring my new LED back lit glass frames. Take a look at the photos!

Talking Peace Festival @ The House of VANS!


 The "Talking Peace Festival' hosted by 'The House of Vans' in London on International Peace Day  Sept.21, 2016. The peace talks lasted two weeks with an array of cultural events that allowed people to discover how creativity can bring people together and resolve conflicts. One of the biggest conflicts affecting humanity today is that of the Syrian Refugee Crisis, and in honor of that the first week was dedicated to the installation 'Create Syria', which explores how arts can build a better future in the wake of crisis. 

The exhibition, curated in the atmospheric tunnels of House of Vans, Waterloo, London (22 September- 2 October 2016) will showcase the stories and works of several exiled Syrian artists and cultural figures living in Lebanon and working in diverse art forms such as theatre, film, painting, animation and music.

The featured artists have all been running workshops for displaced Syrian children and young people in refugee camps and other communities across Lebanon, using art to promote self-expression and collaboration. Their message is that Syria is not just about destruction and crises, but also re-growth and creativity.

The exhibition was inspired by a project run by Alert in partnership with the British Council and the independent cultural organisation Ettijahat in Lebanon. It is curated by Ying Hsuan Tai of Goldsmiths, University of London.

Charlotte Onslow, who co-ordinates the Create Syria project at International Alert, says:

“We hope Create Syria will showcase the vibrant artistic scene alive among Syrian artists living in exile and highlight how creativity and expression is opening up space for wonder and calm in a time of crisis and the opportunity to imagine a future without violence.”

This video is an interview with syrian refugeee filmmaker,  Hisham al-Zouki who directed a short film, The camp and my parents‘  story, which documents the oral memories of Syrian  refugees living in Lebanon. The  film has been created as part of a series of workshops for Create Syria teaching young refugees how to direct and edit films.
For Hisham,  art is a process of dismantling society and putting it  back together again. The goal of their project is to overcome the marginalisation of  young people, to transform the current conflict and to continue using the power of  film to foster change through storytelling.

 For more information or to learn about 'Create Syria'  and see when the next Peace Talks will occur please visit: http://talkingpeacefestival.org 

* Photos of  the Europe-wide UN Anti-Racism Day Demonstration 'Refugees Welcome' by 'Stand up to Racism' in London  March 19, 2016

All Photos are copyright to Raquel Natalicchio© , All Rights Reserved

 

For more information or to learn about 'Create Syria'  and see when the next Peace Talks will occur please visit: http://talkingpeacefestival.org 

* Photos of  the Europe-wide UN Anti-Racism Day Demonstration 'Refugees Welcome' by 'Stand up to Racism' in London  March 19, 2016

Video Made by Photo journalist Raquel Natalicchio , #RNPExplores @RockmyworldRocky
www.raquelnatalicchio.com

All Photos are copyright to Raquel Natalicchio© , All Rights Reserved

 

 

 

Visiting Co-LAb Gallery in Highland Park!

Co-LAb Gallery is Highland Park’s latest addition to the community’s booming art scene and a space that is transforming the gallery concept into an accessible and affordable community space. It was such a pleasure writing and photographing this story, <3 make sure to check this gallery out, what they are doing with the community is truly inspiring! Spread the LOVE! See the Pix and article! 

CLICK HERE!

 

 

NEW ARTICLE: Highland Park, Keeping Classic LA Alive

Highland Park is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city. The neighborhood is nestled in the hilly area above Downtown LA along the Arroyo Seco, making it feel urban, yet suburban at the same time. Highland Park strikes a harmonious balance between grunge and classic LA elegance. To Read the Full Article and see ALL the Pix CLICK HERE!

Spray For Peace! NEW Article with Happening in DTLA !

Check out my newest article with Happening in DTLA "Spray For Peace" This story is not only about the incredible street art that makes LA the vibrant city that it is, but also about the artists who live and breath graffiti. So many artists come from such different paths in life, and yet each unique journey led them to the same walls. They are united by the walls of this city.<3 Tp T ttt

To See the Full Article CLICK HERE!

City Of Angels: Body Painter Nicolette Spear

The series Angels of LA follows the angels that make our city as beautiful as they are. Not only are they pursuing their passions in the city of dreams, they are making a real impact on their community.  This week we are showcasing an interview with Nicolette Spear, Artist, body painter and founder of Body Fine Art and Biorhythm LA.  Born in Honolulu, living in Panama and working with the RedCross, living in Guadeloupe (the French Caribbean Island that is)  is currently residing in Los Angeles. Her art is Imaginative, and often times surreal, “My artwork touches on subjects of the human condition.” says Spear. To see the full Interview CLICK HERE!

Check out my story on Art Districts newest Bar and Eatery 'Westbound!'

Westbound Opens its Doors!

The DTLA Arts District is now the host of a new bar and eatery that concocts cocktails from around the world, fine dining-styled bar snacks, and signature old-fashioned service inside the One Santa Fe complex.

On Thursday, May 5, Westbound—a bar, eatery, and debut establishment from entrepreneur Sarah Meade—joined Downtown Los Angeles’s Arts District. Headed by Lead Bartender Dee Ann Quinones  and Chef Gary Nguyen, Westbound offers a menu of artisanal curated bar snacks, a wanderlust-inspired cocktail menu, and an old-fashioned approach to service. Check out the full story on my blog with Happening in DTLA:  HERE!

BIORYTHM LA PERFORMANCE 2016

This last saturday I attended 'Solid Gold Cosmic Disco' in Los Angeles which was an annual Burning Man fundraiser. tucked in the middle of the city was a two story, magical victorian home that was host to this sea of a glittering art community. The performances through out the night were not only creative they were unique and inspiring. Multiple Dj's,fire performances and musical performances.  Biorhythm LA was one of the  incredible pieces to take the stage, this live performance collective features bodypainting by Nicolette Spear, acrobatics by The Astronauts & live music led by Ireesh Lal. Check out their next beautiful performance and give them a follow! Click Here!  You can also check out more pix in my events tab Here!

Light Up LA

Check out my series 'Light Up LA' being featured on my blog with DTLA Diaries! 

www.dtladiaries.com or click the Image below! 

Interview Published for Dine Around LA ! <3

Got interviewed and published in Dine Around, A Chicago-based food market &TrendSpotting publication that foodies/professionals throughout the industry subscribe to in order to stay on top of food trends! Check it out! <3 <3 <3

Ferguson Protest 1 Yr. Anniversary

    Overwhelming nolstagia when I turned on the news about an hour ago only to find protests against police brutality flaming up again, this time in Chicago. One Year ago TODAY at exactly this time, I was walking the streets covering the Ferguson Police Brutality Protest's in Downtown LA alongside the first group of peaceful protestors. Sadly the LAPD blindly followed orders to instigate the protestors using the force of over 500 officers. As the protestors split up to rejoin in front of city hall I followed a small group of 30 protestors. The protestors along with any passerby or spectator who happened to be standing at that intersection were all corralled in the center like chickens with no warning or time to disperse. Everyone and anyone ( including myself ) was arrested, hauled into bus's and sent to jail. Amongst those in my bus were leaders of activist groups from all over Los Angeles, young protestors directly affected by police brutality, a woman who had just finished grocery shopping, a man who lived down the street walking home from work and a couple homeless people. In the silence of the long ride, the fog of fear and frustration began to clear out when a young african american protestor began to sing " Freedom..Freedom...Freedom will show us the way. " while stomping his boots, others began to trickle in and the soft sung rhyme quickly turned into every person with fire in their stomp belting out at the top of their lungs a chant of courage, so much so that the sound of the officers protests in the front of the bus was drowned out by this united single voice we all made together. Hope, strength, courage, pride, unity, care and love for what we all believed in sent each one of us into our cells with our head held high. Unfortunately this story does not end with a quick release and a slap on the wrist. This first group of protestors I was with was held in the downtown los angeles jailhouse until thanksgiving morning. Being held for two days and two nights without an option for bail and not being given any information. Food was scarce considering they were not prepared to have this many protestors and bystanders for that long. We were quick to get organized, sitting around the main eating table introducing ourselves and getting a feel for who was there. A couple official activists from latino communities and one of the leaders of Black Lives Matter happened to be incarcerated with this first group and being lawyered up she had a quick release. We asked an officer to write down all of our names, wristband numbers and phone numbers. Upon her release she organized lawyer representation for all of us and slowly we trickled out through out thanksgiving morning. It was outstanding to witness such quick unhesitantunity and helpfulness. Being arrested and held with no justifiable reason or lawful explanation, not only did i get a small inhuman taste of what a huge amount of people go through on a regular basis in this country, I also witnessed some of the most enlightening and inspirational moments of unity, love and courage that will keep me motivated on this journey to help humankind until the day I die. Take this moment as an opportunity to understand, learn, grow and help rebuild UNITY stronger.

Female Urban Cyclist: Article & Photos by Raquel Natalicchio

First time pitching a story to Urban Cyclist Magazine, I had been working with for a couple years and happy to announce that not only was it picked up, It turned into a 5 page spread using both my photos and the article I wrote. The story is about the Female Urban cyclist in LA. When I started this interview process I wanted to capture the female cycling culture as a whole by seeking out a woman representative of all the subcultures within this community such as commuter, racer, activist etc… I quickly came to realize that there are no separations amongst this community. The unity and love that was expressed individually from each rider was inspiring and goes to show why the community is as strong as the women who are within it. They cycle to fit their lifestyle but at the end of the day its all the same.They are all commuters, riding for fun and racing wether it be in a criterium, the streets or racing to beat and win their personal doubts to finish victoriously strong. Check it out through the link below and show it some LOVE !

 

Click Here to see FULL ARTICLE!