The Wellington Art Society will present a demonstration and discussion by well-known local artist and entrepreneur Rolando Chang Barrero at the group’s Wednesday, March 11 meeting. The meeting will be held at the Wellington Community Center. A meet-and-greet begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by a member spotlight and a brief meeting. The evening will conclude with Barrero’s presentation and an art raffle.
Barrero began his art career with a degree from the Art Institute of Chicago, where he also received many honors and a coveted Ryerson Traveling Fellowship. He is an experimental media artist, a visionary, a cultural leader and well known for his “Social Justice” art film. Barrero moved to Miami Beach in 1980, doing odd jobs but eventually working for Ted Lapidus in Bal Harbor, later relocating to Beverly Hills, working for Torie Steele on Rodeo Drive. He eventually moved back to Miami Beach, working with lifelong mentors and opening an art studio. On the move again, he went to Chicago working in the Pilsen Art District doing internships at numerous galleries.
Thanks to the Ryerson Fellowship, Barrero was able to visit Cuba with fellow Cuban artists in 1990. His experience there opened his eyes to exploring the rich art and unique cultures of other countries. He was able to travel and continue exploring cultures and art in Europe, Asia and South America.
Barrero later underwent treatment for brain cancer. He was finally able to return to work just before he moved to Palm Beach County in 2010, where he has established himself as a cultural art leader.
For more information about the Wellington Art Society, visit www.wellingtonartsociety.org.