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Sunday Artist Series – Meet Michael Stervinou from Paris – One Day Only




Sunday Artist Series – Meet Michael Stervinou from Paris – One Day Only

Sip Champagne with Us on Sunday!
Meet Visiting Artist Michael Stervinou from Paris, France.

A One Day Event to meet the artist personally before his return to France. Michael Stervinou was a featured artist for the La Jolla Fashion and Film Festival.

Do not miss this wonderful opportunity to acquire a painting by this remarkable international artist.

Alexander Salazar Fine Art
225 West Market
San Diego, CA 92101

Corner of Market and Front
Free Meter Parking on Sundays

Sunday at 12 PM – 5 PM





Walter Redondo Paintings – New Work Available – and Exhibit

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We Rejoice                         40×38                                             $6500.00                      2015

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Walking In                           40×60                                            $7500.00                      2015

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Together                              56×58                                            $8350.00                      2012 RV-2015

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The Way                             45×49                                            $8300.00                       2015

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The Talks (Revisited)           61×51.5(F)                                    $9000.00                       2013 RV-2015

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The Merge                           39×59.5 (F)                                   $8200.00                      2015

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The Deep II                         16×23 (F)                                      $2250.00                      2015

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The Deep                             46×44 (F)                                      $8400.00                      2015

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Sunset Walks                       63×52                                           $9000.00                       2014

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Country Walk                       45×49                                           $8300.00                      2015

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Circle of Friends                   38×40                                           $5200.00                      2015

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Afternoon Walk                    48×45                                           $8300.00                      2015

If you are interested in acquiring by Walter Redondo please contact the gallery at  The gallery is open by appointment.  We are located in downtown San Diego.

Walter Redondo Exhibition | Saturday October 24, 4-6pm

Walter Redondo Exhibition

Walter Redondo Exhibition

“Detroit’s Finest!” Coming to San Diego – Artist TONY ROKO Benefit Art Exhibit for the New Children’s Museum

“Flapper Girl” 26×32″ $5,500
Original – Framed

For immediate release
media contacts

Kathleen Kennedy Ferris (Tony Roko)
phone: 313.418.4898

Kerri Fox (Museum)
Toni Robin (PR Consultant, Museum)

Local Gallery Teams Up with NCM to Help Expose More Children to the Arts
SAN DIEGO –  – Detroit artist Tony Roko’s West Coast Opening at Alexander Salazar Fine Art gallery onNovember 20 will benefit The New Children’s Museum and help provide free access to the arts for the children of San Diego. A percentage of sales will benefit the Museum’s Title 1 and other community access programs.

Tony Roko is gaining recognition as one of the nation’s most innovative artists. He’s been commissioned to paint pieces for Lady Gaga and Jay Leno. Ford Motor Company commissioned Roko’s work as part of its Centennial Celebration of the Assembly Line. His work is displayed in the permanent collection of Michigan’s Holocaust Memorial Center and he was voted “Best Fine Artist” this year by Hour Detroit magazine, a prestigious monthly publication.

The artist strongly identifies with the mission of the Museum and believes its public access programs to allow children from disadvantaged areas to experience art and creativity could change their lives.

“I’m thrilled to be able to do what I love as a career and excited to show my work in San Diego,” says Roko. “Alexander Salazar and I have similar backgrounds and clicked. We both used art as an escape from ordinary life when we were young. Art has changed my life in ways I could have never imagined and giving kids a chance to enjoy and experience the arts has become a passion for me. It is an honor to work with The New Children’s Museum.”

The only American-born child of an immigrant family in Detroit, Roko entered the Ford Motor Company assembly line at age 19. During breaks, he drew in a sketchbook – an escape he enjoyed since he could hold a pencil. Word spread of Roko’s creativity and before long Ford executives recognized his true gift. Roko was plucked from the line to paint murals for the company’s plant beatification initiative. His life has since been transformed.

“Artist Tony Roko is a living, breathing example of the spark ignited in children by exposure to art and creativity,” said Julianne Markow, executive director and CEO of The New Children’s Museum. “Tony’s path to artistic success demonstrates how the arts provide a bridge into a world not limited by language skills, social or economic background.”

  Event Details
MEET THE ARTIST – Wine Reception
Thursday. November 20, 2014
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Alexander Salazar Fine Art
1040 7th Ave, San Diego 92101

A chronicle of Tony Roko’s art career should perhaps begin with the words, “Once upon a time,” because of the unlikely way it started. Born Antoni Roko Ivezaj, Tony was the first Natural American Citizen in his family, which
migrated from a refugee camp in Rome. English being Roko’s second language, he immediately knew he had to rely on mannerisms and other non-verbal cues to gauge the orientation and sentiment of others.
At the age of 19, Roko went to work on the assembly line of Ford Motor Company. As a kid, he was always painting and drawing, a habit he took with him to the line. On his breaks, he would sketch in his notebook, sometimes making portraits of his co-workers. The union representatives and management took notice, pulled him aside, and asked if he’d like to be part of a plant beautification project to boost the workers’ morale. Roko was put to task, painting portraits and murals on plant walls, based on suggestions from the workers. An auto plant is a hot and gritty place, not exactly ideal conditions for a mural, which is unlikely to stand up to the wear of the environment. To combat this, Roko used materials he found around the factory that had already shown their resistance to such conditions; industrial coatings, auto enamels, and scrap wood from pallets. He became the resident artist for Ford and began beautifying other plants in the Detroit area.
Although Roko has since moved from factory floors to gallery walls, he still employs many of the techniques he learned during his years painting in factories, such as working with salvaged paints and woods, while adding floor stain, acrylics, linseed oil, varnish, leftover house paint, and old windows to the list of media he works with today. He paints bold portraits of interesting subjects using bright, vivid colors.
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Jose Clemente Orozco (1883-1949) – Painting Available at Alexander Salazar Fine Art

Jose Clemente Orozco (1883-1949)  Maguey – 1921 Oil on Canvas 45.5 x 38.8 cms. – 15 ¼ x 17 7/8 inches Orozco Family Catalogue Number: 51   Price Upon Request Serious Inquiries Only     On exhibit at ART San Diego – 11/6 – 11/10  – Booth 423

Provenance It has been part of the Orozco family collection since the artist’s death in 1949. Rosa Farias de Orozco, the wife of Clemente V. Orozco, and daughter-in-law of the painter kept the painting in her bedroom until her death in 2006.   Exhibitions Orozco Museum, Mexico City, Mexico. 1960s This painting has not been shared for exhibition as extensively as other works by Orozco in the family collection.   Bibliography The painting is reproduced as a plate in the book Verdad Cronologica (Chronological truth), by Clemente Orozco Valladares, published by the Universidad de Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Mexico, 1983. The book is the most complete chronology of the life and work of Jose Clemente Orozco and was published to commemorate the centennial of Orozco birth in 1983.   The Artist Born in Jalisco, Mexico, Jose Clemente Orozco would overcome much and eventually be known as one of the great Mexican muralists. Early in his career, he would suffer the loss of his left hand, only to use this trauma as a source of inspiration.  A leader of the Vanguard and Revolutionary movements, Orozco originally started his art career as a political cartoonist and draftsman. It wasn’t until the end of the Revolutionary War that Orozco began to paint murals. During this time, he attended the academy at San Carlos, studying under Dr. Atl and working alongside Diego Rivera.  In 1917, Orozco moved to New York to further his art career. During this time, he lost his left hand in a gunpowder accident. It was after this accident that hands began to become a central focus in his work. Not only were hands a symbol of his own struggles but of the working class as well. It was also during this time that the anatomy of Orozco’s figures in his murals and art became very muscular with geometric shapes in the background.  It was known that Orozco did not want to be put into any artistic category. This is probably for the best, because it would indeed be difficult to categorize his work. With a color palette reminiscent of old European styles, Cubist influences, and Mexican cultural themes, Orozco’s work is simply his own.  Because of his involvement in the Revolution and Vanguard movements, Orozco is also described as a Social Realist. One of his best-known works is Prometheus, 1930, a fresco mural at Pomona College in California. This was his first work in the United States and shows Orozco’s use of muscular figures. Orozco died in 1949 in Mexico City. Photograph of the Artist by Edward Weston

New Paintings from Walter Redondo

New Paintings Available by

“Travels by Day”
Oil on Canvas
60 x 48

  In the Park
Oil on Canvas
60 x 58

  In the Park Convivial
Oil on Canvas
52 x 60

 Best of Friends
Oil on Canvas
60 x 52

 The Voyagers
Oil on Canvas
56 x 58

Oil on Canvas
38 x 42

 Dusk to Dawn – Large Painting
Oil on Canvas
48 x 96

Autumn Travels
Oil on Canvas
48 x 36

An Early Day
Oil on Canvas
60 x 52

Summer Night
Oil on Canvas
60 x 58

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San Diego, California 92101
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Sasha Koozel Reibstein

Sasha Koozel Reibstein
The exhibition will feature large scale mixed media sculptures alongside screen prints and relief wall works that are inspired by the complex relationship between our physiology and psychology. 
Artist Reception 
October 25, 2014  
7 pm to 9 pm
 “It Would Take A Great Wind to Topple Me Now”
40″ x 18″ x 20″, ceramic, encaustic, mixed media, 
2014, $7,000
Collectors Preview  – 
By Appointment Only – Prior to Opening Reception
Join Us!
1040 7th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
Inadequate (jagged breath), 12″ x 12″ x 1″, thread, fabric, graphite, $6,000  
Sasha K. Reibstein is currently an Associate Professor of Art and Head of the Ceramics Program at Palomar College in San Marcos, CA. She received her MFA in Sculpture from Massachusetts College of Art in 2005 and her BFA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in Ceramics and Painting in 2000. Sasha’s artwork is both confrontational and elegant, questioning our relationship with the physical world, from the environment in which we live to our own bodies.
My work explores both my fascination and frustration with the fragile balance
between our physiology and psychology. We share a complicated relationship
with our bodies, fueling experiences which range from ecstatic or comfortable
to anxiety-ridden, awkward or painful. It is our most intimate relationship, and
in this develops a strong familiarity and trust, while also ultimately serving as
our greatest betrayal when age, disease and dysfunction cause inevitable
deterioration. While modern medicine has provided incredible insight into
genetics and the chemistry and anatomy our bodies, the vastness of what is still
unknown is baffling. We have come to expect the ability to treat and manage
our maladies yet are frequently confronted with the disappointment of unrealistic
expectations. This false sense of control is both beautiful and destructive as
we attempt to circumvent our biological limitations and transform into idealized
versions of ourselves.

Inadequate (with thready pulse), 12″ x 12″ x 1″, thread, fabric, graphite, $6,000      
My current body of work, “Wonder and Weight,” simultaneously explores the
awe inspired by this complex physiology and the burden it imposes upon us.
I am using very direct imagery of pulse rates and brain scans coupled with
sculptures comprised of interwoven organs, nerves and drips that together create
an unusual landscape that is both recognizable and unsettling. These works
explore our response to stress – both in how mental tension is manifested in
our physical wellbeing as well as how physical strain can equally have dramatic
effects on our mental health.
The Space Between Us, 12″ x 9″, screenprint on paper, 2014, edition of 10, w/ frame $750, unframed, $600.
Within this body of work is the more optimistic series, “Flicker and Spark,” which
was directly inspired by images of my own, and my son’s, heart rates. I find
these images both haunting and beautiful as such a delicate flicker can contain such
a strong indicator of life. I am intrigued by the visual similarity between
our own natural rhythms and the ones we see in landscape – pulse rates when
stretched become mountains and lightning bolts while brain waves mimic the ebb
and flow of water and sky. This visual overlap strips away notions that we exist
outside of our surroundings and is a reminder of our interconnectedness with the
larger universe.
Instinct, 5″ x 11″ x 13″, ceramic, yarn, 2014, $1,200
Flicker & Spark, variable dimensions, each panel is 10″ x 10″ x 1″, wood, flock, screenprint, 2014, price by request ($250-$450 per panel).  
 Flicker & Spark (grouping #1), 36″ x 36″ x 1″, wood, flock, screenprint, 2014, $2,700.
White Box Contemporary was established in 2011 by art dealer Alexander Salazar as a contemporary art program that focuses on historically relevant, innovative and pioneering exhibitions spanning a range of media. The gallery represents a distinct group of artists with strong exhibition histories, burgeoning careers and whose work can be found in museums and major collections throughout the world. The gallery’s program helps to cultivate the careers of emerging artists by mounting challenging exhibitions and through various partnerships with public cultural institutions. 
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