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Famous Fil Am Muralist Returns to Filipinotown

June 22, 2006 12:47:00

Returning to historic Filipinotown in Los Angeles, the artist Eliseo Silva will commemorate the centennial of Filipino migration to the U.S. with a lecture at the Filipino American Library in the Temple Gateway Youth & Community Center on June 27.

Silva belongs to a new generation of painters doing meticulous historical research. Now nationally recognized for the largest Filipino American mural in America - Gintong Kasaysayan, Gintong Pamana (A Glorious History, A Golden Legacy, 1995, 150' x 30') in Historic Filipinotown, Silva has also painted over fifty murals in Seattle, New York, Michigan, New Jersey, California, Pennsylvania, Maine, and the Philippines.

He currently lives in Philadelphia, Pa and maintains the website www.eliseoart.com.

What he will discuss on June 27 is how the long tradition of Philippine art inspired many of his public works in the U.S. He will also share the passion and journey of a Filipino American artist progressively discovering more on the practice and visual literacy of Filipino art.

The lecture sponsors

The Filipino American Library (FAL)’s Community Lectures has individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds speaking about important issues relevant to the Filipino American community.

Founded in 1985 by Helen Agcaoili Summers Brown, FAL is one of the largest repositories of Filipino and Filipino American materials in the U.S. Its collection of more than 6,000 titles is the core of the library's programming, which is focused on educating the community about the Philippines and the Filipino American community.

The library also actively promotes the history, culture, and professional achievements of Filipinos and Filipino Americans not only through the book collection, but through programs for leadership development and cultural programming, thereby contributing to a culturally dynamic, multi-ethnic America.

Silva’s lecture is co-sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Filipino-American Arts and Culture (FilAm Arts), Search to Involve Pilipino Americans (SIPA), the Filipino American Service Group, Inc. (FASGI), and the Los Angeles-Southern California Filipino American Centennial Planning Committee.

Admission is free to everyone, with food and drinks provided by Tribal Café, Asian Noodles, Max's of Manila, Kabayan Pinoy Restaurant, and Ayala Foundation-USA of Southern California. FAL is located at 135 N. Park View St. in Historic Filipinotown. Click to http://www.filipinoamericanlibrary.org/ for more details.

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