The Arts

April 17, 2012

Holga 15

More articles by »
Written by: Nydia O
Tags: , , ,
Andrew Moncada- artist

Andrew Moncada

Young and upcoming artists and students of the University of Texas in Brownsville never cease to amaze me; a satisfying reassurance of the immense talent found in our communities. Such is the case of Andrew Moncada; a senior art major specializing as an interdisciplinary artist.  Having met Andrew during a sculpture exhibit held on campus, I was very pleasantly surprised to see his new photography exhibit currently on display at the Arnulfo L. Oliveira Library.

This is no ordinary photo exhibit; Andrew used several unique Holga cameras to complete three different series: the Circus Series, the Sabal Palm Sanctuary Series and the Carnival Series. These are traditional analog black and white photographs that were processed and developed at the university. What struck me the most was his use of a technique known as long-exposure, which captures light forms with intricate detail best represented in Andrew’s carnival series.

After graduation, Andrew plans to move to Austin, Texas and seek a master’s degree in architecture.  I asked Andrew what is he taking from our beloved Rio Grande Valley with him to Austin and he replied; “As far as leaving for Austin, I will most take the relaxing nature found here in the RGV; trying not to overwork myself but enjoying time for friends & family.”  I also asked him what, in his opinion, sets him apart from other non-valley artists to which he replied; “I think what might set me apart from other artists  is my eight years of experience working professionally in the architecture field here in the RGV.”

From sculpture, to architecture, and photography, Andrew has begun his life’s journey. With his boyish grin, his dedication and hard work, in addition to his tremendous talent, he is ready to tackle the world. His talent will surely help him succeed and contribute to the world of the arts, but most important, he will be another ambassador of the Rio Grande Valley that will make us proud.

Exhibit Hours: 8am-5pm    April 11 – April 30, 2012

Sabal Palm Sanctuary Series

Carnival Series

Facebook Comments


About the Author

Nydia O
A bird does not sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.-Maya Angelou. La Vida Valle is where I write about "la vida" my life in the Rio Grande Valley. From this bi-cultural corner on the tip of Texas, I share my poems and my spiritual and travel experiences. I also blog about the arts, nature and my passion for historic preservation and architecture. But most importantly, let's talk about "la vida" - living our lives - in a vacation state of mind. Contributions and comments are always welcome .


House of Mo-Rose

Like no Other Packing Plant in the World

Ultra-Modern Gift Fruit Packing Plant Opening, read a headline in the San Benito News on January 1st, 1962. J. L. Brett, Valley cotton broker turned citrus marketer, announces opening of ultra-modern gift fruit packaging plant ...
by Nydia O

Georgia O'Keeffe

A Woman on Paper. Georgia O’Keeffe at the Art Museum of South Texas.

I cannot wait to admire still-life paintings by Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986) considered the mother of American modernism. Her paintings will be part of a traveling exhibit titled “Eloquent Objects: Georgia O’Keeffe & ...
by Nydia O

siqueiros and pollock

Jackson Pollock and David Alfaro Siqueiros

From the MoMA website we found the following information on Mexican Muralist and Artist David Alfaro Siqueiros and his influence on Jackson Pollock’s work. Siqueiros, one of the Mexican mural painters of the 1920s and 193...
by Nydia O


Lola Alvarez Bravo photo of Frida

Are we Complacent when it comes to Solo Shows

Before we begin, this is the definition Wikipedia offers on solo shows (art exhibitions): Art exhibitions have a history that dates back to 1623. It is thought that the first solo exhibition in Britain was staged by Joseph Wrig...
by Nydia O


Can Important Art be Found in the Rio Grande Valley Art Walks?

I recently stumbled upon this post that I found extremely interesting because it provides important tips for artists to consider when participating in an art walk or open studio events. The italicized paragraphs below belong to...
by Nydia O




Be the first to comment!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>