Artspeak Radio with Hugo Ximello-Salido, Rodolfo Marrón III, and Sue Moreno

Artspeak Radio, Wednesday, June 5, 2024, 9am -10am CST, 90.1fm KKFI Kansas City Community Radio, streaming live audio www.kkfi.org

Producer/host Maria Vasquez Boyd welcomes artists Hugo Ximello-Salido, Rodolfo Marrón III, and Sue Moreno.

Hugo Ximello-Salido (B. 1982) is a multidisciplinary, Mexican artist whose work explores cultural identity, personal identity, communication, connection, and more. Born and raised in Guadalajara, the capital of Jalisco, Mexico, Ximello-Salido’s natural creativity and passion for creating art stems from a family background full of artists. Upon moving to the United States, new inspirations emerged from initial cultural shocks, new communities, and new relationships, which prompted him to develop his own style and techniques. Ximello-Salido’s early work was primarily inspired by the traditions and colors of Mexican folk culture. Through a fusion of folkloric symbols, old-world history, and explorations of language and contemporary social issues, the artist creates a dialogue about identity and culture that abounds with color, texture, and meaning. He continues to find inspiration in the intersection of various communities, especially the Mexican and LGBT communities, and strives to convey distinct yet universal perspectives to the viewer through his work. Ximello-Salido practiced and lived in Kansas City for many years and built strong, ongoing relationships with local artists and institutions. While in Kansas City, his artwork was extensively exhibited in educational settings and at prominent museums (including the Nelson-Atkins and the Kansas City Museum), as well as at many libraries, galleries, art centers, and art fairs. Having recently relocated to Santa Fe, New Mexico, he finds himself inspired by its natural beauty, cultural vibrance, and renowned art scene. Ximello-Salido’s artwork have been exhibited in galleries and at events in Mexico, across the United States (including at Agora Gallery in New York City), and in Europe, and the artist has been featured in several print articles and documentaries. Ximello-Salido’s current project features his documentary -MUXE: The Language of Art & Culture -an artist’s journey through the perception of Gender Fluidity in Oaxaca, Mexico. World Premier on Friday, June 28th, 2024 at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, MO, 7:00PM CT. Overlapping with the year long Latino/Hispanic Exhibition “A Layered Presence- Una Presencia Estratificada” October 2023-September 2024, where Ximello-Salido’s art piece inspired by gender fluidity “The Finesse of Gender Fluidity” will be still on displayed allowing spectators a better understanding of Gender Fluidity, Art & Culture.

Recent showings of Ximello-Salido’s work include:
-MARCH 2024, Mesilla Valley Community of Hope, ​ Public Art-“The Tuning of Gender Fluidity”- Las Cruses, New Mexico-AUGUST-SEPTEMBER 2024, Slocum Galleries, “Corazón Latino”, Johnson City, TN-JUNE 28TH 2024, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art~World Premiere-“MUXE: The Language of Art & Culture” KCMO-JUNE 12th- JULY 6th 2024, Prism Arts~Gruet Winery “Gender, Culture & Tradition” Santa Fe, NM

Rodolfo Marrón III is a self-taught Chicanx visual artist from the West Side neighborhood of Kansas City, Missouri. His work involves digital archiving, community, storytelling and assemblage. He was one of the recipients of the Charlotte Street Visual Artist Fellow award in 2016, and the Byron C. Cohen award the same year. Rodolfo featured his site-specific installation, Michoacánx, in the traveling exhibition Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly, curated by Risa Puleo. He was an artist-in-residence at Art Omi, and the Fire Island Artist Residency/FIAR 2017 in NY state, Ox-Bow Fall Residency, 2018 in Saugatuck, Michigan, and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, 2019 in Madison, Maine. Rodolfo has helped lead the Artists of Color Alliance/AOCA, a collective for BIPOC creatives living in the KC Metro area and has been a member of Brown Voices/Brown Pulse, a QTPOC group based around community and healing. Rodolfo’s most recent project titled Hueco is currently on view at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art.

Susan Marie Moreno, a multifaceted artist and beloved TV personality, Susan Moreno’s journey began at the University of Iowa, where she studied art education. Her passion for teaching and her desire to make a difference led her to Kansas City. For 35 years, Susan served as an art teacher, mentor, and inspiration to countless students. Her classrooms echoed with creativity, fostering a love for art and cultural heritage. As a practicing artist herself, Susan’s work reflects her deep connection to her Hispanic roots. Her paintings resonate with color, emotion, and a celebration of life.
Beyond the canvas, Susan graced the screens as a TV personality, her warmth, authenticity, and genuine love for her community endearing her to viewers. Whether hosting art shows, cultural events, or sharing stories, Susan’s presence radiated positivity and a genuine desire to connect. She is featured in episode 4 of the Peacock series “The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning,” a documentary on the Public Broadcasting station titled “Womontown,” and appeared in a commercial for Community Learning. With a career spanning decades, Susan has left an indelible mark on both the art world and the hearts of her viewers.


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