Art exhibit ‘The Sad Truth about Happiness’ on display Oct. 5-27

Sep 28, 2023
A few art pieces from Bryan Raymundo's "The Sad Truth about Happiness" exhibit in the Steckline Gallery.
A few art pieces from Bryan Raymundo's "The Sad Truth about Happiness" exhibit in the Steckline Gallery.

The Steckline Gallery at Newman University is proud to present Bryan Raymundo as the featured artist for October.

An Art for Lunch will be held at noon Thursday, Oct. 5, where students can enjoy pizza as the artist discusses his exhibit, “The Sad Truth about Happiness.” Staff, faculty and members of the public are invited to bring their own lunch to enjoy.

Additionally, a First Friday reception will take place from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6. Light refreshments will be provided for guests to enjoy.

About the artist

Raymundo is currently living and teaching in Manhattan, Kansas. He is an interdisciplinary artist who works primarily in print media.

Raymundo spent much of his youth living in Durango, Mexico. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in printmaking from Wichita State University in 2019. He then advanced to graduate school where he earned his master’s in printmaking from Kansas State University in 2023, where he maintained a graduate teaching assistantship. During this time, he earned the GSC Award for Graduate Teaching Excellence. Currently, Raymundo is serving as the visiting assistant professor and area head of printmaking at Kansas State University for the 2023-2024 academic year.

His medium of choice is often printmaking with woodcuts, a relief carving process, and intaglio, an etching created on a copper plate.

“I enjoy the physicality that the woodcut process brings,” he said.

As a first-generation Mexican American, Raymundo has a feeling of displacement between the two cultures. His work is an exercise in understanding his perspective as a Mexican-American artist.

“I view the world through two cultural lenses,” he said. “The conflict and love that each culture has for each other and my experience within each culture is explored in my work. I hope that viewers can connect to the feelings of loss and the navigation of life and all that comes with it.”

This “duality of existence” is a key theme in Raymundo’s artwork, which shows the symbolism and ideology of both cultures.

Raymundo’s artwork will be on display in the Steckline Gallery through Oct. 27.

The Steckline Gallery is located in the De Mattias Fine Arts Center on the Newman University campus.

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