Category Archives: Biographies

Gary Webb: The Suppression of Uncomfortable Inquiries

Gary Webb was an award winning investigative journalist who is best known for his 1996 series of articles in the San Jose Mercury News, entitled “Dark Alliance.” The series exposed a crack-cocaine drug trafficking ring operated by associates of the Nicaraguan Contra Rebels, acting with the knowledge and protection of the CIA, which extended from Los Angeles, CA, to the Midwestern United States. Continue reading Gary Webb: The Suppression of Uncomfortable Inquiries

Archbishop Oscar A. Romero

Archbishop Óscar Arnulfo Romero (1917 -1980), was a prominent Roman Catholic priest in El Salvador during the 1960s and 1970s. After witnessing numerous atrocities attributed to the El Salvadoran government, Romero began to publicly denounce the corruption, exploitation of the poor and acts of state sponsored violence being committed by the military regime.  Continue reading Archbishop Oscar A. Romero

Ken O’Keefe: Injustice is Traumatic

Kenneth Nichols O’Keefe (born July 21, 1969) is a former United States Marine and Gulf War veteran, turned peace activist, who has organized a human shield action in Iraq and was a passenger on the MV Mavi Marmara during the Israeli commando raid on the “Gaza Freedom Flotilla” humanitarian mission.  Continue reading Ken O’Keefe: Injustice is Traumatic

Seong Moy

Seong Moy (1921-2013) was a Chinese born American painter and graphic artist who is best known for his  color woodcut illustrations of the 8th Century Chinese poems of Li Po. Moy sought to “recreate, in the abstract idiom of contemporary time, some of the ideas of ancient Chinese art forms” through his modernist renditions of Chinese calligraphy.  Continue reading Seong Moy

Teikichi Hikoyama

Born in Japan, Teikichi Hikoyama (1884-1957) was one of the most influential artists in the development of Japanese American art. Arriving in San Francisco,  California, in 1901, he is believed to be the first Japanese artist in California creating woodblock prints. He also painted, using both oil based and ink paints. His art displayed elements of modernism and magic realism. His work was often visionary earning him the nickname of The Black Flame among his contemporaries.  Continue reading Teikichi Hikoyama

Emiliano Di Cavalcanti

Emiliano Augusto Cavalcanti de Albuquerque Melo (1897 – 1976), known as Di Cavalcanti, was a Brazilian Modernist painter who is best known for his scenes of mulatas surrounded by the lush tropical imagery and his extravagantly colorful renditions of contemporary Brazilian culture. His work draws on a wide range of influences, including Cubism, Fauvism and Picasso’s Neoclassicism of the 1920s. While his Mexican contemporaries Rivera, Orozco, and Siqueiros idealized the struggles of the indigenous working class, Di Cavalcanti turned to the streets, bars, cafes, cabarets, nightclubs, and carnaval,  to portray the diverse makeup of a youthful metropolis where socialites, the working class, and social deviants mingled in harmony in the distinctly local flavor of Brazilian urban life. Common themes included indigenous women, doves, and carnival scenes.  Continue reading Emiliano Di Cavalcanti

Norman Lewis

Norman W. Lewis (1909-1979) was a Black American painter, of Bermudan descent, associated with the Harlem Renaissance and the Abstract Expressionist movement. Lewis was a member of the tight-knit Harlem artistic community, known as the 306 Group, which included prominent African American artists such as Romare Bearden and Jacob Lawrence.  Continue reading Norman Lewis

Miguel Covarrubias

Miguel Covarrubias was a Mexican artist who is best known for his work as an illustrator, writer, and anthropologist. Covarrubias’ style was highly influential in America, especially in the 1920s and 1930s, and his artwork and caricatures of influential politicians and artists were featured on the covers of The New Yorker and Vanity Fair. Covarrubias’ artwork displayed his keen interest in anthropology and cultural studies.  Continue reading Miguel Covarrubias

Salvador Dalí

Salvador Dalí (1904-1989) was a prominent Spanish Surrealist painter and is one of the most celebrated artists of the 20th Century. Dalí was a leading figure in the French Surrealist Art Movement and his fiercely technical, yet highly unconventional paintings, sculptures and public behavior ushered in a new generation of imaginative expression.  Continue reading Salvador Dalí