"Printmaking at NIAD has been a two-way learning process."
Andrés Cisneros-Galindo began facilitating printmaking at NIAD Art Center in 1985, shortly after the organization was founded. Since then he has worked with countless artists to explore and reimagine the process of printmaking through collaboration.
This exhibition surveys decades of studio work and serves as an archive of the curator's legacy at NIAD. The traditions of printmaking are reinvented by each artist's practice and Cisneros-Galindo's facilitation. Each piece records this practice of letting go and following the rules at the same time.
"It is the way that printmaking should be, and painting in general. You know art-making—it's a continuous process of learning and relearning, and inventing. Inventing is the whole thing, you know."
About the organizer
Andrés Cisneros-Galindo was born in Baja, California in 1945. At age 14 he joined the studio of Hector Castellon in Tijuana, Mexico where he studied painting, drawing and sculpture. Andrés moved to the Bay Area in 1967 to pursue his passions: education and art.
He graduated from California State University, Hayward, with a degree in Early Childhood Education and completed studies in printmaking and painting in Mexico in 1978. His experience in education ranges from lecturing at a Mexican university to directing the bilingual Centro Infantil de la Raza program.
He draws much inspiration from Mexican and Indigenous iconography. Specializing in printmaking, Andrés founded Taller Sin Fronteras, a printmaking collective, in 1983 and joined the faculty of NIAD Art Center as a printmaking teacher, studio manager and artistic director. His art has been exhibited internationally.
Andrés' heritage and the diversity of his life experience, including work as a ranch hand and migrant farmer, gives him a unique perspective as an artist.