ABOUT THE ARTIST
Xochitl Nevel Guerrero began her creative journey as a means for self-discovery and healing. Her commitment and joy has flowered into a way of life in mainly the East Bay for her more than 40 years. Inspired by her parents, Lupe, a teacher, and Raymundo Zala Nevel, a Mexican artist and Longshoreman, she started painting. Also with a background in dance, music and theater during her childhood and teen years, she has a direct influence of color and indigenous aspects of cultures worldwide. She makes extensive use of the images and visions from dreams and life itself.
Xochitl has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Studio fine Arts from Cal State East Bay (formerly Cal State University Hayward) since 1980, and has exhibited locally, state wide and internationally.
She has created and taught others the processes she had learned through others as well as experimenting on her own. Xochitl creates paintings on canvas and paper, murals, mosaic art, and gourd decoration. In the Past, she also learned printmaking and mask making techniques.
In addition, Xochitl added the healing arts of Reiki and meditation to her palette, and is currently finding new ways to incorporate them into her teaching with young people.
Working primarily in East Oakland, Xochitl has also created, designed and executed public artwork in parks, schools and community center walls. She has produced
A mural called “ A Vision Of Our Ancient Ways, Healing The Past, Present, And Future” restored 3 times at La Clinica De La Raza. Also at St Elizabeth High and Elementary Schools, Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta Academies, the American Indian Child Resource Center, a collaborative mosaic wall piece at East Side Cultural Art Center, and Day Of The Dead mural at Auto Body Gallery in Alameda. Also for a number of years Xochitl created art altars and installations, including Day of The Dead at Museum of Black Hawk in Danville, and twice for the Oakland Museum.
In addition to being designated Master Muralist by Precita Eyes Mural Center in San Francisco in 2000, Xochitl has received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for her Community Art Service from Congresswoman Barbara Lee in 2006.
In 2013, Xochitl decided to reinvent herself and began a business of her own called Taller Xochicura, where she creates her fine arts, crafts and murals starting from her internal self working outwardly, using a variety of art techniques mixed with healing modalities. She hopes to inspire, and empower others through her art.
In 2015, Xochitl received a nomination for a Business Indie Award as a “Pillar” through the City of Oakland. For more information please contact her at:
www.tallerxochicura.com or [email protected], 510-827-7336. She is also on facebook.com/tallerxochicura and on Yelp.com