meet rooted’s NEW RESIDENT ARTIST: MARIA CHAVERRI

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Rooted Barber + Shop has inducted their second artist in residence, Maria Chaverri, for a solo exhibit through October. The community is invited out to attend her Artist Talk taking place on Saturday, August 17th from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm to learn more about her story, artwork, and to support one of Oklahoma’s emerging local artists. 

Rooted’s Artist in Residence program came into fruition after Rooted CEO, Bruce Waight, saw a need to support local artists of color while extending the world of art to the barbershop space. Artists in the program are invited to display and sell their artwork through a solo exhibit free of charge all while keeping 100% of any sales. With an average of 600 monthly visits by clients from all walks of life at the shop, artists in the program are positioned to share and sell their work in a highly visible, diverse community space and a unique artist opportunity to add to their resume.  

Through a competitive application process Maria was selected to display her photography from around the world. Whether you’d like to come get a haircut, view the artwork, or both; Rooted invites the community to view Maria’s work and support one of Oklahoma’s own outstanding, local artist. Interested attendees can RSVP at the Facebook event page here.

ARTIST STATEMENT:

When I first began to travel solo, my journeys were destination oriented. Over time and over countless road trips in Japan, swaying train rides in India, and horrifying ferry voyages in the Philippines, I grew more interested in the people and the objects of every day life. This is when I discovered that my art making and travel have many similarities. Both encompass an exploration of self and are greatly affected by chance. I have little interest in staging a photo, but act more as a quiet observer. I wait for the world to show me its wrinkles, bruises, and blemishes. I engage people with whom I cannot communicate with through a common language. And I open my heart to all people and places, so that I uncover the majestic qualities of this earth. With strong composition and simple subject matter, I take foreign imagery and make it relatable. My art is humanity.


ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

Rooted’s Artist in Residence program came into fruition after CEO, Bruce Waight, saw a need to support local artists of color. Artists in the program are invited to display and sell their artwork through a solo exhibit at Rooted - free of charge and all while keeping 100% of any sales. With an average of 550 visits a month by clients from all walks of life, through the Artist in Residence program artists are positioned to take to share their work in a highly visible, diverse community space all while extending the world of art to non-traditional groups.

It has been an honor hosting local sketch artist, Rico Young, as Rooted’s first artist in the program. Here are some of the outcomes from Rico has achieved by being a part of the program. Congratulations, Rico!

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ARTIST TALK 11.17.18

Beautiful night with OKC’s most beautiful people. Thank you again to everyone who came out and supported Young Portraits/ Rico's Art opening night as our first Artist in Residence. Two pieces have already sold and the others are still available for purchase anytime during our operating hours. We are honored to host Rico’s first solo exhibit and excited for the community to continue to experience it. #cutsandculture

 
 

 

rooted ARTIST IN RESIDENCE: RICO YOUNG

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LEARN MORE ABOUT rooted’s first ARTIST IN RESIDENCE: RICO YOUNG

At a young age I can always remember being fascinated with art. My mother Joyce was an artist, I can remember her sketching police cars and other things. My mother inspired me to start sketching, at the age of five she taught me how to draw a muscle man. I was so amazed as to how easy she made it look to draw, so I started drawing as much as I could. I remember seeing a drawn portrait of my parents, it inspired me so much.

As a student growing up in school I would find myself drifting off and sketching in class, which sometimes got me into a lot of trouble. I continued to draw, as my passion grew so did my love for art. I started sketching automobiles, then portraits as many of my friends who were having babies. I just never stopped drawing and art became an addiction.

Later on, I got married and had two kids named Letrae and Malik and I drew portraits of them and gave them as gifts to their grandparents. My wife at that time started showing my art to others which led to many of my first commissions. I was so blown away that people loved my art just much as I did, and were willing to pay for it. The lord has giving me a gift, and he has blessed me in many ways of seeing how I bless others with art. I see art as a journey and I can’t wait to see where my career leads me.

My main inspirations are My lord, my mother, my family, a Russian painter named Slava, Nick Wu, and Carrivagio. I’m still growing as an artist and can’t wait to reach a level in which I can make a difference, and inspire others.