On Friday, November 23, more than 20 local artists present their visions, interpretations, and sightings of the Phoenix.
Artists Lalo Cota, Pablo Luna, Breeze One, Jules Demetrius, Ray Rivas, Djentrification, Albert Rodriguez, James Hiralez, Damian Amoros, Julia Duran, 2Des, Peter Votichenko, Teodoro, Queen Loopy, Randy B., Billy Acero, Closer, Tariq, Ashley Macias, Samuel Gomez, Angelica, and Niba are all very familiar with the Phoenix, a bird found in literature by Greeks, Romans, Chinese, Egyptians, and Arabians. It was known as a firebird, one that built itself a nest of twigs, burst into flames, disintegrated, and rose anew from its own ashes at the end of every life cycle. Our city was named in the 1860s because it rose from land once inhabited by the Hohokam.
“The Art of the Phoenix” is on view at The Sagrado, 1023 Northwest Grand Avenue, a gallery/boutique that’s directed by Jay "Tranzo" Olivas and Samuel Gomez, and curated by painter El Moises.