Rosalia Torres-Weiner is an artist, activist and community leader in Charlotte, NC. Her art captures the themes, colors and rich symbolism of her native home of Mexico. In 2010, Rosalia shifted the focus of her work from commercial art to art activism, after witnessing the repeated injustices and dysfunction of our immigration system.
Her work is featured in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum has been exhibited in venues including the McColl Center for Arts and Innovation, Levine Museum of the New South, and UNCC’s Projective Eye Gallery. Her public murals celebrate the rich history as well as the changing demographics of the South. She also uses her art to document social conditions, and to raise awareness about issues that are affecting immigrant communities such as family separation, access to public education, racism and moving beyond common stereotypes.
The Red Calaca Studio is a mobile art studio that will bring arts programming in the form of artist led activity workshops to areas of Charlotte. The Mobile Art Studio is a 24’ step van (similar to a “Food Truck”) that is outfitted with lights, speakers, an LCD TV Monitor, and an 8’x8’ awning. The van is able to bring a wide variety of workshops including visual arts, music, performing arts and cultural heritage programming to targeted locations. The mobile art studio is outfitted to support public art projects such as murals and small public performances. The mobile art studio will also provide artists with the ability to connect with the community and to engage them directly in the arts in their own neighborhoods.