Visual & Performing Arts

Visual and Performing Arts

Artists from throughout Latin America have chosen to make Seattle their home, and many Chicano and other Latino artists with deep roots in the U.S. draw on their Hispanic heritage as visual artists, writers and performers. This section includes brief introductions to a few of the many artists and arts organizations active in Seattle.

Bailadores do Bronce by Hugo Ludena
Bailadores de Bronce by Hugo Ludeña
Bailadores de Bronce has been teaching and performing Mexican folkloric dance in Seattle and throughout the region since 1972. The group is known for the intricate footwork of the dancers, refined choreography and beautiful costumes from the various regions of Mexico.
Bailadores do Bronce by Hugo Ludena
Angela Maestas as Iffy in the eSe Teatro production of Luís Alfaro's Electricidad, a Chicano take on the Greek tragedy Electra. Photo courtesy of ACT Theatre.
There is a strong cooperative tradition in many Latino cultures, and Seattle is home to several artists' collectives.
  • eSe Teatro is a drama collective affiliated with ACT Theatre.
  • Los Norteños showcases the work of Latino writers through readings and workshops.
  • La Sala connects and supports Latino and Latina artists in a network in and around Seattle.
Alfredo Arreguin

WIndow of Make Believe
by Alfredo Arreguin, Courtesy of the Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs

Painter Alfredo Arreguin has achieved international recognition for his intricately patterned and brilliantly colored canvases inspired by the landscape and culture of his native Mexico, as well as the natural environment of the Pacific Northwest.
Jose Orantes' Pink Arch
José Orantes' Pink Arch
Originally from Guatemala, painter José Orantes creates both canvases and murals in an "urban naïve" style, capturing the vitality of the Puget Sound region with brilliant colors.
Desiderium by Juan Alonso
Desiderium by Juan Alonso
Artist Juan Alonso has created vibrant public art works throughout the region, as well as numerous studio works inspired in part by design traditions from his native Cuba.
La Tierra Santa by Cecilia Alvarez
Cecilia Alvarez's La Tierra Santa
Originally from California, painter Cecilia Alvarez draws on the cultural and political mix of her Mexican and Cuban heritage to define her style as a Chicana artist.
Eduardo Calderon's Banda La Palmera
Eduardo Calderón's photo, Banda La Palmera
Photographer Eduardo Calderón hails from Peru and is known for his elegant portraits and dramatic black and white street images.
Mi Virgencita by Hugo Ludena
Mi Virgencita by Hugo Ludeña.
Hugo Ludeña, another local photographer originally from Peru, has been documenting Latino life in the Pacific Northwest for almost two decades. Ludeña is known for his colorful images of everyday life, from community festivals to quinceañeras, and he is also the publisher of the Latino Cultural Magazine.


Did You Know?

Not everyone with roots in Latin America speaks Spanish as a first or even second language. Portuguese is spoken in Brazil, and French is the official language in some Caribbean nations. Many indigenous languages are spoken in the region, and indigenous immigrant communities in Washington State speak languages such as Mixteco and Aguacateco.

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