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Luca Mazzara – Foot On Face, Photography and Monica Sarmiento Castillo Sculptures in Stainless Steel



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With the participation of


Opening Reception

MONDAY,  SEPTEMBER 26, 6 – 8:30 pm

Exhibition: September 26 to October 8, 2016

Organized by

Sigma Delta Pi, The Graduate Program in Spanish,  St. John’s University

bi/coa : Base Iberoamericana / Community of the Two Americas

Flyer. Luca Mazzara, Marie-Lise Gazarian y Monica Sarmiento C, La Nacional




Is a photographer, movie director, video artist and poet from Rome, Italy. His love for the silver screen developed at a young age and he has since adopted it as his instrument of artistic expression. After graduating from The Sapienza University of Rome with a degree in Performing Arts, he obtained an MA in Production and Film Distribution at Morris, Casini, and Partners as well as at Anica. Mazzara’s debut came in 2012 when his short film Incanto Vivo (Live Enchantment) was screened at the Rome Independent Film Festival. As an independent film director he has produced Too Late – which took home the Short and Shot Prize – as well as Privacy and Wake up Alice!. His work has been welcomed by various Italian and international film festivals and has also filmed live performances of Echae Kang. As a photographer, he has shot actor Vittorio Pavoncello during the Shylock’s Violin performance at the Carlo Bilotti Museum in Rome and photos are now published in the book Shylock and his merchant.

Currently, Luca Mazzara is carving his place in the vibrant and exciting independent film culture in Rome. He co-produces a web series titled The Peacocks, in which he has also appeared as an actor. He created a web series with the students of the film school Sentieri Selvaggi. In addition, he cooperated as a photographer for the Teatro in Scatola, shooting stills from various live performances. He wrote the screenplay for his first full length movie to be called Quinto Movimento. Mazzara’s artistic vision has been largely inspired by Paul Klee’s quote Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible. Interpreting this as the fundamental essence of surrealism, the core of his research revolves around the dream-like abstraction that is present in slow, but constantly evolving narratives. Another important component of Mazzara’s art is how people relate to their surrounding environments. Through analyzing human introspection, Mazzara creates subjects that not only interact with their surroundings, but in fact, influence them merely through observation. With these elements, he creates art that is both metaphoric and open to interpretation.

Luca Mazzara, Foot On Face, 2016

Luca Mazzara, Foot On Face, 2016



Is a painter and sculptor with more than 25 years of experience. She teaches art, art history and Spanish literature in the United States and Europe, has a PhD in Fine Arts from Complutense University, Madrid, a Master’s degree in Literature and Art from St. John’s University, Queens, NY, and is the Director of bi/Coa: Base Iberoamericana / Community of Two Americas in New York. bi/Coa promotes Iberoamerican culture and interrelation with other cultures through the project Connecting Cultures.

Monica Sarmiento C. received an award from the St. John’s University in 2013 for her work promoting Iberoamerican culture in the United States, is Member of Honor in the National Hispanic Honor Society, and Sigma Delta Pi, Chapter Epsilon Kappa, New York. In 2012 she was appointed the official artist representing Ecuador for the Bicentennial of the Supreme Court of Spain and was awarded the Royal and Distinguished Spanish Order of Carlos III, and a Certificate of Special Recognition as a Member of Merit by the Carlos III Foundation in Madrid, Spain. In 2006 she was the first female artist chosen to represent Latin America in celebrating the 60th Anniversary of UNESCO in Valencia, Spain. She is currently a member of the Junior Board of QCA, Queens Council of the Arts, in Queens, NY, and the association ALDEEU, Spanish Professionals in America. As an artist, her work is inspired by nature and a search for other dimensions using the effects of light, volume, design and characteristics of the media.

Her art has been most recently presented at the Cervantes Institut New York, 2013; Sala Magna The Supreme Court of Spain, 2012; QCC Art Gallery (City University of New York). 2011. Youngeum Museum of Contemporary Art. Kwanuju Kyeongki and The National Museum of Korea, South Korea, 2010 Casa Bet Gabriel. Tiberias, Israel; Kyungbok Palace, The National Museum of Korea, Seoul; Saemangeum Flag Festival 2010, Seúl; 2009 SIPA.17th Seoul International Art Festival; MOLAA Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, California; Jeju Museum of Contemporary Art; Manif, Art Fair, Hangaran Art Museum; Palace of Culture (Heichal Ha Tarbut) Rishon LeZion, Israel; 2008, CosmoArte Siglo XXV Gallery, Spain; ArteAhora Latinoamérica Art Fair, Chicago; The Abstract Mind Mural. Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, Illinois; KIAF Korea International Art Fair, Seoul; 2007 IBEROAMÉRICA Art. John P. Weatherhea Gallery. Art and Visual Comunication Center, University of Saint Francis. Fort Wayne. Indiana EEUU, The Abstract Mind Mural Chicago; O´Hare International Airport. Chicago, Illinois; Real Monasterio de Santa Maria de la Valldigna, Simat de Valldigna (Valencia) Spain; XV Art Salon Ibero-American, American University Museum at the Katzen, Washington; SOFA International Art Fairs, Chicago and New York. 2005 Hangaran. Seoul Arts Center Museum MANIF 11.05, Seoul, South Korea; 2005 Embassy of Ecuador. Washington; Se Jong Seoul Art Center, Seoul, International Print, Photo & Edition Works, (SIPA) Hangaran Art Museum of Arts Center Seoul; Feria De Arte Beirut 2001. Libano; Salón Internacional Des Metiers D´Art et de L´Arquitecture, Paris; Luis González Robles Museum. Alcalá University, Spain; 2000 Eduardo Kingman Riofrio Foundation. Quito, Ecuador; Expo Universal Hannover 2000 Germany; Banco Central Museum. Loja, Ecuador; 1989 Casa of América. Madrid, 1998 CCE Loja Ecuador.

Monica Sarmiento Castillo. Stainless Steel Sculptures

Monica Sarmiento Castillo. Stainless Steel Sculptures




A graduate of Columbia University, Dr. Marie-Lise Gazarian is Professor of Spanish and Latin American Literature, Director of the Graduate Program in Spanish at St. John’s University, Vice President for the Northeast of Sigma Delta Pi, the National  Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society,  and Moderator of Epsilon Kappa, St. John’s Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi.  In 2001 she was awarded the Order of Don Quijote by Sigma Delta Pi. She is editor of Entre Rascacielos, the literary journal she founded in the fall of 2001 and which is published by  St. John’s University. Dr. Gazarian has been instrumental in establishing the Gabriela Mistral Scholarship /Beca Gabriela Mistral at St. John’s University, as part of the Graduate Program in Spanish. She was appointed Representative of the Fundación Premio Nobel Gabriela Mistral in New York and Cultural Ambassador of Ecuador in the United States.

Dr. Gazarian has had a long-standing experience in the promotion of Hispanic culture in the United States, for which she received the Al Mérito Cultural award from the Government of Spain, in 1981, and a Citation of Honor from the Honorable Claire Shulman, President of the Borough of Queens, in 1991 and 2000. She was awarded a Certificate of Special Recognition from the United States Congress in 1997 and a Certificate of Congressional Recognition from the Government of Ecuador in 2000.  She was the recipient of the prestigious St. Vincent de Paul Teacher-Scholar Award for the year 2002 for her continued excellence in teaching and scholarship. In April 2003, she was awarded the Order of Alfonso X el Sabio by the King of Spain, one of the highest recognitions granted by the Spanish Government. In April 2004, she received the Order of Merit “Gabriela Mistral,” from the Government of Chile, named after the Chilean poet, a decoration granted to literary figures, artists and scholars. She collaborates with the North American Academy of the Spanish Language (ANLE).

She has been a member of the Administrative Committee of the Poet Laureate of the Borough of Queens since 1996. She is a member of the PEN American Center, an association of writers working to advance literature, defend free expression and foster international literary fellowship. In particular, she is involved in the Committee promoting writing by prisoners. Every year, the PEN Prison Writing Program recognizes the work of writers imprisoned throughout the country. Exiled from our schools and society, inmates submit manuscripts in every form to one of the only forums of public expression for incarcerated writers.

Dr. Gazarian is the author of countless articles and over 14 books: Gabriela Mistral, La maestra de Elqui, 1973, 1992; Gabriela Mistral, the Teacher from the Valley of Elqui, 1974; Interviews with Latin American Writers, 1989, 1992; Interviews with Spanish Writers, 1991, 1992; Fernando Rielo: un diálogo a tres voces, 1995, 2000, with a translation into English in 2001; Ana María Matute: La voz del silencio, 1997; Henri Troyat, un artisan de la plume, 2003; Retratos en palabras. Entrevistas con 25 escritores del mundo hispánico, 2003; Carmen Conde de viva voz, in collaboration with Zenaida Gutiérrez-Vega, 1992; and she is the founder editor of Entre rascacielos: Nueva York en nueve poetas, 1999 and Entre rascacielos / Between Skyscrapers, a bilingual anthology of Hispanic poets residing in the Greater New York writing published by St. John’s University.

Dr. Gazarian is a specialist in the works of Gabriela Mistral, Camilo José Cela, Carmen Conde, Ana María Matute, and Elena Poniatowska.  An expert in the art of the interview, she has interviewed some of the most famous writers from both Spain and Latin America on CBS, ABC and Channel 47. She has also published interviews in books and literary journals.

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