"Artist gets exposure, agent"
Reprinted from "Live It Up", Dekalb, IL, March 28.
2002, By Bob Crarroll
"Sometimes things just have a way of working
By putting his art on the interior walls of a local
coffee shop, Rudy Galindo was able to gain the leverage he needed to exhibit
his work outside of the area.
With the assistance of staff members from
The House, Galindo was able to find a Milwaukee-based art representative to
help bring his work to a wider audience.
'They asked me to put this
artwork up here," Galindo said as he sat underneath one of his more colorful
pieces. "I have had other shows, but I've never had anybody represent me
before. So, this is kind of a big deal for me."
Galindo's artwork also
has been featured locally at places such as the Egyptian Theatre and the Coffee
He also used to sell smaller, framed pieces at Cracker Jax.
Matthew Clark, entertainment manager at The House, was the one who
contacted Galindo about placing his art inside the restaurant.
he knew someone who represented Latino artists," Galindo said.
after that, Galindo received a call from Tina Elmergreen, president of in2it
"I didn't think anything of it," Galindo said about his
first call from Elmergreen.
Galindo's mind was later changed when he
got to meet Elmergreen in person.
"She drove all the way from Milwaukee
to be out here," he said. "So, 1 was like OK"
Galindo is now in the
process of assembling a portfolio. Elmergreen will be showing some of Galindo's
work ot tho Conjunction Milwaukee Galleries on April 19.
Not too bad
for somebody who used to use just black marker and ink for his art because he
couldn't afford anything else.
"I actually sold a lot of those at the
DeKalb Gallery," Galindo said about some of his more basic pieces he completed
with marker and ink.
When he is not creating art for gallerios, Galindo
is away at school perfecting his art in the
kitchen at culinary school.
"In high school, I took an interest (in art)," Galindo said. "I thought
I wanted to go into it, but it was just a hobby."
Galindo will graduate
in the spring and then will look for a job to use his education. In the
meantime, he is going to closely monitor his other career as an artist.
"It's gotten to the point where, OK, I'm serious now," Galindo auid.
"It's not because I want to aell them (artwork); it's because that'awhat 1 want
Galindo's artwork will remain on the walls of The to House
during the coming months.
"This is a good opportunity," Galindo said
about being featured at The House. "'There are It so many people who come into
Rudy is a true thoroughbred artist who loves the pastime of
being a musician and claims a living as a graduate of the Culinary Arts in
which he is now a practicing Chef.