Celeste De Luna is a visual artist from the Rio Grande Valley, Texas. She was born in Aurora, Illinois to migrant parents from the Texas border, received her B.A in Art/Education at St. Edward’s University in Austin and completed her M.F.A in Studio Art at the University of Texas Pan American in Edinburg, Texas. Presently, she is an adjunct instructor and university gallery director at the University of Texas Brownsville/TSC.
De Luna has worked as an arts educator, teaching at Weslaco East High School for many years and returned to school in 2006 in order to focus fully on her artwork. Since this time De Luna has been able to become more fully developed as an artist, delving into subject matter about her culture, life, family, and identity. She has exhibited her work extensively in the Rio Grande Valley and across Texas in San Antonio, Austin, and Corpus Christi. She has also begun to exhibit nationally in group shows in San Diego, Chicago, and Los Angeles.
De Luna is frequently invited to do pláticas (talks) on her artwork, immigration, border issues, and cultural heritage. Recently, she completed an artist’s residency at Alma de Mujer Center for Social Change in Austin and is affiliated with various Latino organizations across the country including NALAC (National Association for Latino Arts and Culture), Narciso Martínez Cultural Arts Center, and San Anto Cultural Arts Center.
You can reach her at [email protected]
“My artwork seeks to validate Xicano/indigenous people’s experiences, my personal narrative in that experience, and strives to be aesthetically pleasing, even though some subjects may be disturbing. Common themes in my work include migrant/border experiences of women, children, and families, the experience of mixed documentation status families, the social effects of documentation status, and the spiritual struggle of conflicting identities, including “survivor’s guilt”. A migrant can be defined as a person who physically moves from one country to another. I see myself as a migrant moving back and forth through multiple conceptual worlds.”
C. De Luna – celestedeluna.com
Meet Celeste De Luna at the Pasta, Poetry & Vino’s 2nd Year Anniversary Celebration on April 19, 2013 @ 7:30 pm at the Echo Hotel and Conference Center, 1903 South Closner in Edinburg, Texas. Read more here