takes a view at life, art and knowledge through the works of artist Ofelia Esparza.

Ofelia is an artist and educator who was born March 12, 1932 in East Los Angeles where she still resides. She was graduated from ELA College and Cal-State University Los Angeles, and is a retired teacher form Los Angeles Unified School District.  She recounts that art and her cultural heritage have long been a driving force in her lifestyle, in her teaching and in all her art.  She is widely known for her 30 years of Day of the Dead altar installations at Self Help Graphics & Art.  In addition, she has also created a large body of work in printmaking there.  Her prints and painting are in several private and institutional collections.  Ofelia's work has been exhibited throughout Southern California and has been shown at several prominent national and international museums and galleries.  Among these are: The Latino Museum of History, Art & Cutlure; The Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Latino Art at Long Beach; Orange Center of Contemorary Art; Santa Barbara Museum of Art; San Jose Heritage Plaza Art Center; The Mexican Museum San Francisco; Mexican Fine Art Museum of Chicago; Centro Cultural de Tijuana Mexico; The Glasgow Print Studio, Glasgow, Scotland; and many local galleries and art centers.  Ofelia continues to accept commissions, teach art, conduct workshops and lecture in schools, colleges and community venues.  Her art has been documented in several publications, archives and on television.

Sacred Origins III Water, Monoprint, Printed at Self Help Graphics, 2007


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