March 21 - april 30
On March 21, the NoMa Business Improvement District (NoMa BID) and Eckington Hall will collaborate on “En Flor,” an exhibition on the rich cultural history of the Latinx community in Washington, D.C. (and its surrounding suburbs). The exhibition will feature photography, paintings, textiles, ceramics and other forms of art.
This exhibition is produced as part of the NoMa BID’s, "NoMa in Bloom" campaign, hence the name “En Flor,” which means “In Bloom,” in Spanish.
One of the core elements contributing to the beauty of the Washington-region is its cultural diversity. The goal of this exhibition is to educate and showcase these works of a community which has been integral in the blossoming of this region.
The exhibition will be broken into parts. The first focuses on contemporary art by members of the Latinx community based here in the Washington-metropolitan area. Below are the participating artists. These works will be on display from March 21 - April 9.
Carina Tenaglia is a self-taught abstract artist in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Her work is inspired by both natural and artificial elements, neutral palettes and metallic accents, and themes of social justice.
Carina aims to capture depth and light in each piece, as well as unique textural elements. Most of Carina’s pieces contain an average of 10-20 layers, the result of combining various techniques and patterns throughout her process.
As a visual artist Dariana Arias seeks to nourish, cultivate and expand her creative process as well as that of her audience's, through visual works capable of reflecting the universal human condition. As she moves forward in her artistic practice, her view on Art seems to become more fluid and ever changing. At this point in Dariana's career, she conceives Art, not only as the material manifestation of human creativity, but also as the primal cognitive function serving as the foundation for visual language. Art (especially visual), at any given moment in time, might serve as a metric to measure the evolution of human cognitive function as expressed visually. Her mission as an artist is to inspire the cultivation of our collective cognitive capacity, making use of Art as the platform for human evolution.
Dariana Arias is an independent artist residing in Washington D.C. Her artistic practice relies on the visual arts, analog and digital, making use of various media to produce abstract and figurative pieces.
Dariana's abstract works are the end result of automatic & instinctual painting, occurring when the spontaneous flow of creativity transforms from being a feeling, a word or an idea, into a visual manifestation on the canvas, without any preconceived sketch. On the other hand, Dariana's figurative works are reflective of socio-cultural attitudes.
Dariana's artistic journey started during childhood, when she learned the art of oil painting under the instruction of Venezuelan muralist, Edmundo Alvarado. Mentioned art lessons focused on the landscape art movement known in Venezuela as El Paisajismo Larense, which aimed at praising the beauty of rural Venezuelan landscapes.
She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Philosophy from the George Washington University.
Victor Meneses was born in Ciudad Juarez in the Mexican state of Chihuahua in 1984. His family immigrated to the United States before he was one year old, and he grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Meneses relocated to the DMV area in 2004 to pursue culinary arts. Since that time he has lived and worked in several different states, most recently returning to Washington, DC in 2021.
Interested in the arts since childhood, and influenced by his father who is an accomplished painter, Meneses became more focused on creating his own body of work by launching Braincase Studio in 2018. Acrylic on watercolor paper or canvas are his most common mediums. Themes of religious symbolism, death, Mexican culture, traditional American & Japanese tattoos are all recurrent in Meneses’ art. All of his work is a therapeutic release of his overactive imagination.
Leaning into a bias toward abstraction/intuition, artist Francisco Rosario works in geometric sculpture to create power objects that hold space, acceptance, and ownership. Utilizing repeating forms and woven texture his work is inspired by elements of sound, timing, repetition and the reverse engineering of rhythm and pattern. Through his use of techniques and materials employed in modern and indigenous building trades, his process is an intuitive exploration of the effort of immigrants and first generation Latinx citizens to distinguish themselves within a sea of statistics and establish a home, a contribution, and an expressive self. Rosario's work acknowledges the privilege of a creative practice, and represents interests, experiences, and cultural contributions of people of color and the working class. The repetition prescribes a sense of order to the chaos of anonymity and the fragility of our participation and identity.