WHO WE ARE
Composed of Christina Patino Sukhgian Houle, Nansi Guevara and Celeste De Luna (pictured L to R) Las Imaginistas are a socially engaged art collective based in the Rio Grande Valley. The trio have worked together and independently attacking a wide range of community development issues including immigration, housing, women's rights, racial justice and education. Using their skills as printmakers, healers, performers and designers they attack civic problems at the local, city and state level. With residents, activists, planers and educators they are building today towards a better, co-created, equitable tomorrow.
Christina Patino Sukhgian Houle’s practice places special emphasis on issues of equity, decolonization of the imagination and productive fictions. As a producer and educator Houle has worked with Creative Time (NY), the Center for Urban Pedagogy (NY), 596 Acres (NY) and More Art (NY). She has created work for The Second City Chicago (IL), Movement Research (NY) and the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics (NY) She holds a MFA in Visual Art at Columbia University (NY) and an EdM in Education from Harvard University (MA).
Nansi Guevara is a border artist and activist from Laredo, Texas. Her work is at the core of using her border and rasquache sensibilities to create decolonial public artwork alongside communities. As part of a Fulbright in Mexico City she co-authored and co-illustrated a children’s book for pediatric cancer patients, currently used in the Hospital General de México Federico Gómez and Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. She studied Arts in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has created numerous public art pieces celebrating and amplifying the experiences of people of color.
Celeste De Luna is a painter/printmaker from the Rio Grande Valley, Texas. She received her MFA from the University of Texas Pan American in 2008. She has shown artwork in group exhibitions since 2007 in the various cities in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, San Antonio, Houston, Austin, San Diego and Chicago. Additionally, De Luna’s work has been part of nationally and internationally exhibited printmaking portfolio projects. In 2013, her one person show “Nepantla: Art from the Four Corners of the Valley” at South Texas College in McAllen, Texas was part of the 2013 Texas Biennial.