Latino Chamber of Commerce’s First
Annual Latino Art Fair
Emotional Reflections
Clockwise from upper left: An untitled work by
Rebeca Vivian Israel Satlov; Serenity byu
Veronica Lazo; A work by Rebeca Vivian Israel
Satlov; Rebeca Vivian Israel Satlov exhibits one
of her paintings; Veronica Lazo with a type of
self-portrait
After high school, Lazo attended the American University of Puerto Rico in San Juan where she aspired to become a veterinarian. That
dream lasted until she was required to dissect and animal and she walked out of the lab and got physically ill. She turned once more to art.
“My sister was searching for some art schools here in Madison because she moved here years ago,” Lazo said. “I got tired of being in
Puerto Rico and not finding a good job to support my education. She called me one day and said, ‘You know what, there is a place here
called MATC and they are offering graphic design.’ At the time, it was commercial art. She sent me a brochure and I said, ‘I’m in. Send me
the ticket’ That was on a Friday and on Saturday, I was here in Madison already. I took a little break when I moved here to learn the
language and all of that. Three years later, I started at MATC and graduated with my graphic design degree. Then an opportunity came to
study education through a grant with MATC and Edgewood College. I finished my liberal arts degree with MATC and now I am in art school
with Edgewood College going for a degree in art therapy. I will be graduating in May 2014.”

Lazo uses nature as a motif for self-expression. She created an untitled work of a tree stump made out of cardboard and gel that is a type
of self-portrait.

“To me, this piece means strength,” Lazo said. “I’ve gone through so many things in my transition to be who I am today. This means the
strength that I have gotten together to become whom I am today. The eggs represent nurturing, being a mother and having to care for
someone. The tree trunk represents strength. Trees go through a tremendous amount of hardship with all kinds of things. And most of them
really stand strong. That is how I view myself, as a very strong, independent woman. The butterflies, which I love, symbolize freedom. I get
to be free because I am me and because I am a whole person. I don’t depend on someone else to complete me. And it also shows that I
am a part of nature.”

Rebeca Vivian Israel Satlov moved to the Madison area 1-2 years ago from her native Chile. While Satlov began her professional career
as a computer engineer, during the later stages, she decided to focus on her painting. She is currently taking some additional art classes
at Madison College West and paints in her small apartment until she is able to get studio space somewhere.

“I began painting with pastels and then I started painting with oils,” Satlov said. “At this moment, I am painting with oils mixed with water.
The oils then don’t smell bad. It’s cleaner. The paint is pretty flat. Most of my paintings are in Chile. I have some paintings here. I paint still
life, particularly landscapes. I prefer nature and cityscapes. I prefer that my paintings are still life.”

Satlov left her larger paintings, some as large as five feet wide back in Chile. So for now, she is focusing on smaller canvases and finds
inspiration in some of the French masters.

“I like to use bright colors that convey happy emotions,” Satlov said. “I like to use the impressionistic technique. But I paint abstract too. I
have a lot of books on the Impressionists like Renoir and Cezanne. He isn’t an Impressionist, but I like Gauguin and Van Gogh. I paint
similar pictures like Gauguin or Van Gogh. I like the life of Gauguin too because he dedicated his life to painting. I would like to dedicate
my life to painting here. I love to paint. I love to paint because you can transmit your emotions.”

Lazo also uses her art to express personal thoughts in a very public way.

“The whole journal of my life is in an art book,” Lazo confided. “And I leave it to your imagination, You can come up with whatever you
want, but I know exactly what I am trying to say and I don’t have to reveal my darkest secrets. I just paint it and people can see in it
whatever they want to see. The beauty of art is it doesn’t have any rules. You make the tree the way you see it. And the way you see it isn’t
the way that I see it. Who cares? A tree is a tree. It is based on your own feelings and your own expression and no one can tell you that it
is wrong because you did it based on what you see and we all see it differently.”

A picture can tell a thousand words. A work of art can express a lifetime of emotion.

The First Annual Latino Art Fair is Thursday September 19, 6-9 p.m. at Centro Hispano, 810 W. Badger Road. It is free and open to the
public. The works of art can be purchased using check, cash or credit card.
By Jonathan Gramling

The arts play such a great role in our lives, from providing us with entertainment to
allowing communities and sometimes whole societies to develop their points of view
and perceptions about fundamental issues that they face. Art can become political
statements about the world around us or extremely personal statements about the
world within us.

As a way to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month, the Latino Chamber of Commerce
decided to celebrate with its First Annual Latino Art Fair at Centro Hispano on
September 19.

“We thought it would be a good idea to show the rest of the community our artistic
talent to start the heritage month,” said Julia Arata-Fratta, the Chamber’s president. “I
took the idea to Kent Craig, the former executive director of Centro Hispano and he
thought it was a great idea. So we decided to hold the art exhibit at Centro Hispano
where we could combine the business aspect of the Latino Chamber and the cultural
aspect of Centro Hispano. This could be a venue for artists to display their art in a place
where it is free. It’s going to be like an Enlace, but it will be for three hours. We’re
going to offer cheese and wine, an upscale art exhibit. And we may have some music.”

At least seven artists will be exhibiting their work in Centro Hispano’s lobby. The
artists represent a number of media and reflect the diversity within the Latino
community.

Veronica Lazo got her start at her local church in Isabela, Puerto Rico where a family
member was assigned as a nun.

“She was my biggest inspiration doing murals and three-dimensional art designs and
all kinds of things with religious art,” Lazo said. “At the time, we used house paint and
spray paint. At Christmastime, we would set up half of the altar on a nativity set that
was three-dimensional with rocks made out of paper and rivers coming down. It was
very exciting. When she left to take her vows, I took over and did that for four years. I
was in charge of decorating the church. We did Easter, Christmas and all holidays. For
the Resurrection, we had this big cave that we put together with the tomb open.”