Born into a multi-racial family in 1960, and raised in Southwest Denver, Mario Sauceda’s creative force was manifested at an early age. Even as young as three or four, he exhibited a determination and an ability to concentrate that established a precedent for his later explorations into both art and architecture. His mother was an art teacher in Denver Public Schools, and his father was a civil rights attorney. His home environment gave him both the necessary freedom to experiment, and provided a variety of early learning experiences that supported his creativity. In Junior High School, he won two 1st place awards from the Women in Construction Architectural Design Competition for Youth in America, and two honorable mentions. In High School, Mario won the Denver Public School’s Multi-Media Portfolio award, which is the highest honor for achievement in art in the district, and exhibited at the Denver Art Museum in 1978. During an independent study in college, he spent time at his family ranch in New Mexico, and entered a juried art show at Stables Gallery in Taos, and became part of the Taos 20, a traveling show that included such well-known artists as R. C. Gorman and Fritz Shoulder. In 1984, he won a commission to do 10 painting for the Solar Energy Research Institute (later to become the National Renewable Energy Laboratory) in Golden, Colorado. Between 1980 and 1995, Mario pursued a broad, far-reaching career as an artist, showing his work in over 50 galleries around the country, and selling his work to collectors around the world.
After a licensing conflict soured him on dealing with galleries and agents, Mario turned to other interests, pursuing a career in the healing arts and martial arts. After a 15 year hiatus, during which he produced only 12 paintings, he returned to painting in 2011 with a new vision. Switching from acrylic to oils, he has been creating close to 100 paintings a year for the past 5 years. Mario’s present works are an exploration of a variety of subjects, moving from plein air landscapes to abstracts.
Artist’s Statement: “I depend more on the stroke of the brush than I do on the accuracy of the line. My works move from impressionist and expressionist to visionary.
Music tonight will be provided by the Jai Gobind Band! 7-10pm
Born out of a love for music and singing and a vision of healing, the Jai Gobind Band came together to share this magic. We are a group of Kundalini yoga teachers, yogis and medicine tribe members, who have been inspired to transport your heart into a world of passion, love and connectedness through Kirtan and chanting.
We play traditional mantras and sacred songs from around the world and bring a beautiful creative, fun and devotion filled feel to our music. Jai means victory, Gobind means the sustainer aspect of God and one who helps everyone. We firmly believe music and mantra can heal the world. Come share with us in this victorious musical revolution!
ROCHELLE JOHNSON, JULIETTE HEMINGWAY, CHRISTINE FONTENOT
To me, art is about gathering data and recording expressed moments that capture the essence of a scene. While I am primarily a figurative artist, I am increasingly interested in the play of abstract geometric forms that begin a painting. I use shape, value and color to expose the emotion and energy of my subject matter.
I grew up in one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the heart of Denver and would continually watch how people interacted with one another, in good ways and bad. My paintings are stories of urban people; their struggles and joys, their emotions and their humanity. My work can be as simple as a portrait that captures the spirit of the sitter, or a street scene where a homeless person gathers their thoughts before their next move.
The art happens when the subject unites with form and color to convey feeling in a way that transcends representationalism—where a painting gives a real sense of person and place.
CONTEMPORARY EXPRESSIONS STATEMENT
The Contemporary Expressions series grew from an exploration of color: what it says about our feelings and what it signifies about ourselves. This work has its roots in my representational paintings of urban life. As both an artist and a woman of color, I’ve longed to see the beauty that was all around me represented in art, but found that cultural beauty norms are still the norm in painting, too. I chose blue to be a new skin color for all races to see if what was left wasn’t the representation of black people or brown people or white people ect., but just people.
Music by Stephanie Hancock (vocalist), Mike Chipman (piano) and Tony Exum Jr (Saxophonist)
We believe Live Jazz should be as accessible as possible. As always there is no cover charge.
5% of all art sales are donated to the charity of choice of the artists. These artists have chosen Denver Urban Gardens.