Felix Malespin knew he needed paint even at a younger age when nonetheless lived in Managua, Nicaragua. The artist was chosen by the Cervantes Hispanic-American Arts Basis to create the official poster for the 2017 Que Pasa Fest.
In its seventh yr, the week-lengthy pageant is the spotlight of Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations in New Orleans.
Malespin is a little bit of a renaissance man. When he isn’t portray, he’s coaching up-and-coming boxers on the Kenner Boxing Membership. When he isn’t coaching, he’s heading up development crews at his firm Allstar Development. Downtime means choosing up a guitar and enjoying music.
Being chosen to create the official poster for Que Pasa Fest was a big achievement for Malespin who will probably be honored at a ceremony on the Mexican Consulate at 7 p.m. on Oct. three together with native media pioneer Julio Guichard for his 50-yr profession in TV and radio.
Malespin defined that he needed to mix points of his cultural heritage with the tradition of his adopted metropolis.
The poster encompasses a folkloric Nicaraguan dance referred to as el gueguense, which was initially based mostly on a theater piece from the sixteenth century in Nicaragua, he defined. It turned solely a folkloric dance that’s nonetheless carried out in festivals in his residence nation.
Malespin arrived within the U.S. in 2000 and gave up portray whereas he was making an attempt to determine himself in his new residence as knowledgeable boxer. He determined to retire from the game at 26 and enrolled in artwork courses at UNO in 2006.
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“I went again to my roots, It was a completely new expertise getting to return to high school and study artwork in that setting,” he stated lately, talking in Spanish.
Malespin has discovered a solution to stability all his passions alongside together with his development enterprise. His paintings might be seen not solely on this yr’s Que Pasa Pageant poster however on the partitions of the St. Ann’s Episcopal Church the place he created a mural in homage to Mexican muralist Diego Rivera.
Que Pasa Fest drew 10,000 guests final yr in accordance with pageant coordinators. The week of occasions resulting in the free pageant in Lafreniere Park in Metairie has grown in reputation during the last seven years as an outlet to have fun artists, musicians and group members who’ve made vital contributions to the Hispanic cultural panorama in New Orleans.
“It is essential to take part on this pageant,” stated Malespin. “We will not overlook the presence of Latinos in New Orleans and the position we performed in revitalizing the town.”