Ruth Olivar Millan is currently exhibiting at
The National Hispanic University
30th Anniversary Art Exhibition
Story and White rd East Hills
San Jose, Cal USA
Ehibition now until Nov 4, 2007
Art Auction and artist reception:
The Mission Community Cultural Center Galleria
San Francisco, Cal
Art Auction:now until Sept 6, 2007
Pajaro Valley Arts Center Galleria
Mi Casa es Su Casa ...Exhibition on Death
Cuca's Galeria Lower level
11050 Enchanto Vista
San Jose, Cal USA 95127 (408) 272-8790
Currently showing: ARTIST reception for Ruth Olivar Millan SEPT 15, 2007 fom 4:30-7:00 PM
About the Artist:
Ruth Olivar Millan
An international artist that uses her artwork to finance her volunteer projects. Her projects include" Escuela en la Casa Program' , where she teaches parents to be the first and most important teacher in their child's life. She visits ghetto, barrio homes,migrant camps , homeless or car dwellers and talks about nutrient, hygiene BSE (breast self exams) teaches Reading to adults, so they can read to their children. Supplies the family with bilingual books and writng supplies and art supplies and sometimes clothing.
She is also a certified Breast Health Facilitator, that contucts workshops in English and Spanish and assists Dr. s with translations in mobile clinics to detect breast cancer.. She spent 35 years teaching in a class room and now devotes her time to volunteering in different capasilites. Her schedule is full, but she finds personal time and space where she paints , sculpts or creates woodblocks to relieve her stress and feel that she has accomplished something in her world. The only organization she has time for is CASA . "Caring and Sharing Artists" a global organization devoted to teaching PEACE, Human Rights,cultural enrichment and Recognition of people.. This organization features Artists that believe they can make a better world with their art, a non-verbal medium.
She is a UC Berkeley graduate in ART andLatin American Studies, a minor in Spanish Literature, MA in Multi-cultural, Cross-Cultural Education (education, linguistics and History) she has several special credentials in education.....to serve children, young adults and older adults. She is a retired teacher that left the classroom to reach more people in the home and in rural areas. She also works with homeless and neglected children.
""La educacion no se Aprende en Libros", Education is not learned solely out of books......meaning that you can be educated in other ways and know more about manners, kindness, peace and all the good things that make our earth a better place. All the degrees and credentials will not necessarily make you a better human being.....one that is truly devoted to others.
Being a senior citizen has she has welcomed a rebirth and more freedom to make a social change.
Safeway Hispanic Comunity Calendar 2006,2007, 2008 USA
Once Libros Para aprender a Leer/ Eleven Books to Learn to Read
Numberous Calendars, cards, article sand book illustrations , Magazine articles, News articles
Personal sales on http://www.Cafepress.com/Frida_Kahlo_Art
Prints also available.
Open studio: Galeria Enchanto 11050 Enchanto Vista San Jose, California 95127 USA by appointment (408) 272-8790
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Ruth Olivar Millan
Born in Fresno county in the Center on Calif year in the year 1947 to Luciano Olivar and Maria de Jesus Ramirez. Two creative people that stressed education as a very important concept. She also grew up speaking Spanish, English and Japanese while she lived in a multicultural agricultural community.Her environment may have been perceived as one of poverty for lack of materialism but it was rich in the areas of great food, music and art. Sunday's were all ways celebrated with extended family and compadres... father's jokes, great Bar-b-q s and singing kept everyone in full gear for the coming week that would include hard work in the fields.
At times life was complicated. The pain was much to too much to endure, but faith ( and some paint and a paint brush)in every situation helped her find some harmony, some peace and strength that directed her on the right path.
Born in the San Joaquin Valley in the center of California USA. Born to two creative campesino parents that always had a great love for the arts. Herhome was always adorned with good food , music, religous drama and family and compadres and comadres. Spanish was the first language heard, English second and phrases of other languages .....Japanese and Armenian in our schools. Facination with cultures started early in her life and her passion for art started even before she held a brush in her hand.
In spite of a lack of resources and money she graduated with honors from UC Berkeley in Art,Art History, La Raza Studies with a minor in Spanish literature. Received a teaching credential from Notre Dame College a Catholic School in Belmont, several teaching certificates in English, Spanish, adult education, and specialist credentials. Her Master of Arts Degree embrased her interests of Multi-cultural/cross cultural education (lingusitics, history, education) Inspite of her book education she still considers herself "self taught"and contines to learn from the people she meets in her travels and volunteer work. She is always amazed at the great masters that adorn the galleries and museums as new as the new muli-media genius' that take the freedom of expression bravely to another perspective. She expands her knowledge of art to the belief that it promotes right and left brain developement in both the creator and interactionist.The creative thought (brain activity) that influences science creativity, literature and passion in the science of living life to the fullest.
Her paintings are an intense personal intimate act. These paintings reflect the people she sees in lands where the subject shares their life with the earth,their food, their children ,their shelters facial wrinkles and colorful clothes, with the artist. Her subjects are based on universal themes beyond culture, language,race, boarders and lines that devide humans. Her art work embraces the interaction with a whisper of faceless characters a composite of the viewer.
As a painter she loses narrative that defines the rules of art and becomes an instrument of emotion to concentrate on the elements of the paint...the color,value shape intense line. Her paintings are comtempary in terms of documenting a global perspective of our humanrace yet are reminders of Gauguin the shapes and flat shapes of Japenese wood block prints. For the some interactionist the work may represent reality but justifies the manifestation of a powerful reality within the viewer. Who becomes the true artist.
Ruth Olivar Millan, Cuca art sales support her global peace projects (books for the home, education in the home, conflict resolution skills and health projects)