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Africa Through the Eyes and Heart of Pope John Paul II

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Interview of curator Luis Peralta about Africa Through the Eyes and Heart of Pope John Paul II exhibition at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center. Luis Del Valle-Peralta was born in Nicaragua in 1980 and migrated to the US in 1985. He started his artistic education at Bell Multicultural High School and studied at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC At the age of 13 he started painting graffiti murals in the District, Maryland and Virginia. At that time, he began the development of his own style, merging graffiti art with surreal and traditional concepts and techniques in his artworks. Since the age of 16, he has been widely recognized for his talent and was awarded his first commission by the fitness franchise Body by Jakes. Since, he has been commissioned to paint murals for other businesses, foundations, and private collectors. The art of Luis Peralta draws upon centuries of art history while employing modern subject matters and techniques such as surrealism and graffiti. He has created paintings of historic events and icons to everyday people such as Portraits of 911, Frederick Douglass, Blessed Pope John Paul II to friends and family member. His canvases tell a story in vibrant colors and realistic figures. He produces murals, portraits, landscapes, all of which draws the viewer into the long traditions of art and yet speaks to the viewers modern sensibility. His career has covered a wide range of artistic endeavors. These activities have ...


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