New Exhibit to Feature Original Artwork by Luis Salazar—
And Raise Funds for Programs that Fight Hunger and Poverty
Opening Reception January 21, 5-8pm
Art for Life
Learning Center Gallery
4 West 43 St., New York City
January 21-30, 2014 10am-7pm –
Palms for Life Fund is delighted to present Art for Life, an exhibition of 17 original oil paintings by Ecuadorian artist Luis Salazar. Salazar’s artwork will be on display and available for sale exclusively at the Learning Center Gallery, 4 West 43St., New York City (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues).
Luis Salazar’s artwork features rich imagery; he works with elements of dreams, religious and urban symbols and metaphors to create vibrant pieces enveloped in bold colors and textures. Among his most recent paintings is an astonishing painting of First Lady Michelle Obama, the centerpiece of the exhibit.
Art for Life
is an initiative of the U.S.-based non-profit Palms for Life, which promotes access to food, water, sanitation, and education in vulnerable communities throughout Africa and Latin America. The foundation also raises awareness about hunger as a manifestation of poverty and inequality in the U.S.
“I am very proud to introduce this accomplished artist to the American public,” said Hannah Laufer-Rottman, Founder and Executive Director of Palms for Life. “The images by Luis Salazar, the dreams and stories they tell are so compelling that they transcend cultural differences, and demonstrate how inextricably connected we all are,” she said. “This encompasses our philosophy at Palms for Life: we believe that there is just one degree of separation between the poor and the rich.”
Art for Life presents the work of accomplished international artists, and at the same time generates funds to support social investment, creating new opportunities for many disadvantaged populations. Price of paintings at the Salazar exhibit ranges from $900-$4,000, and all net proceeds directly support Palms for Life programs.
About the artist
Luis Salazar was born in Quito, Ecuador, and enrolled in the Art Faculty of the Central University there at age 21. He first pursued photography, but soon became passionate about painting, taking classes with Maestro Oswaldo Viteri and traveling to Cuba to study. His work has been featured at Amerindia at the Ecuadorian Embassy, Berlin; Arts for a Better World, Miami; chashama 30 West and chashama 3rd Ave galleries in New York City; the Orbankai International Café, Landshut, Germany; the Meguro Museum of Art, Tokyo; the National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Casa de las Americas, Havana; the Jack Meier Gallery, Houston, Texas, and at many exhibits in Ecuador. Luis teaches Art History and lives in Quito.
About Palms for Life
Since 2006, Palms for Life has impacted the lives of thousands of people around the world and generated over $4 million in program grants. Palms for Life develops, funds, and/or coordinates programs that
- Support school feeding and school gardens.
- Train adolescent girls in Burkina Faso about sexual and reproductive health and rights.
- Install water systems in Swaziland schools so that children can drink clean water and wash their hands.
- Ship computers to students in underserved Ecuadorian schools.