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The artwork of Henry Cardenas is featured at the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures in Association with the Smithsonian Institution


UTSA Institute of Texan CultureThe Texas Contemporary Artists Series continues with the work of Henry Cardenas, July 3 – October 15, 2010.

UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures in Association with the Smithsonian Institution’s Texas Contemporary Artists Series presents an exhibition with artist Henry Cardenas, curated by Arturo Almeida. Opening reception: July 15, 5:30P – 7:30P. Please RSVP by Monday July 12 to 210-458-2127 or itcevents@utsa.edu

Henry Cardenas is the resident artist at the Little Studio Gallery at La Villita. He has won awards in juried shows, including the Hill Country Arts Foundation, New Braunfels Art League and the State Fair of Texas Arts Exhibit. His paintings and sculptures have been collected regionally, nationally and internationally.

From the artist’s statement: “I enjoy this process of art creation because it provides me complete freedom of movement, colors, shapes, and textures. My visual expressions on canvas reflect feelings of emotion – sometimes hot, cold, hard, dark, or bright, and certainly alive. My art is creative, allows me to express myself freely, to be original and experiment from my own inspiration.”

The Texas Contemporary Artists Series is curated by Arturo Almeida. Connect with UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures on Facebook


Ampersand is pleased to share that all of Henry Cardenas’ paintings in this exhibition were created exclusively on Ampersand’s Gessobord panels.

Small Beauties of Everyday: Stella Alesi Discusses Using Oils on Gessobord

I paint exclusively with oils on Ampersand’s 2″ Deep Cradled Gessobord. I used to have my painting panels made for me by a friend, and although they were good quality, I could never get the smooth quality gesso surface I wanted without hours of sanding. Ampersand’s gesso surface is flawless and perfect for the precise work I do. These paintings, “#147 Oranges” and “#136 Pyracantha” clearly show the level of detail I am able to achieve on the smooth Gessobord surface. Continue Reading >>