Was born in Medellin Colombia. She is a graphic artist
and has ventured into the areas of graphic design, painting,
sketching and photography.
am a person who loves to feel everything that is surrounding
me. For me, this is the reason to be alive, to feel all
kinds of things, from the most delicious ones to the most
repulsive ones. Perhaps it is because I was born in Medellin,
Colombia, a city filled with extremes but that has a beauty
that you would never forget if you visit it once. I love
to meet new people, new places, new flavors, new textures,
but above all I like to experience new feelings. That
is where I get all I need to continue living in this world
stuffed with extreme situations.."
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is a poet, not for what he writes, but for how he looks
and how he inspires others.”
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Novo was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1963. He
graduated as a Profesor Nacional de Bellas Artes from
Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes “Prilidiano Pueyrredon”
(Buenos Aires, Argentina), received a Master's degree
from the University of South Carolina and taught art at
Benedict College from 1995 to 1998. His art has been exhibited
in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums
throughout the United States and abroad, including the
Centro Cultural Recoleta, in Buenos Aires, Argentina;
The DeLand Museum of Art in DeLand, FL.; the Cinque Gallery
in New York; the Museum of Latin American Art, CA; and
the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia, SC. In addition,
his work is in public and corporate collections, including
those of the South Carolina State Arts Collection, Computer
Sciences Corporation, the Cultural Council of Richland
& Lexington Counties in South Carolina and the White
House Christmas Ornaments Collection. Mr. Novo is the
recipient of numerous awards and honors; has received
grants from the South Carolina Arts Commission; and was
a scholar-in-residence in the Faculty Resource Network
Summer Program at New York University. Recently, he was
selected and participated in the Artists Retreat at Pritchards
Island in Beaufort, SC.
He lives and works as a full-time artist in Columbia,
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Santiago is of Puerto Rican descent, born and raised in
New York City. He received his B.A. degree in Molecular
Biology from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.
He completed his premedical education at Harvard University
in Cambridge, Massachusetts. After moving to South Carolina
in 1976, he received his doctorate as a healthcare provider,
but continued his postgraduate education in Preventive
Medicine at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne,
Florida. During his years of practice, he served a disenfranchised
community in a large southern metropolitan city for a
substantial number of years.
a result of his love for the arts and humanities, in recent
years he has undergone further education in the arts.
He received an M.F.A. degree in Creative Writing, and
another M.F.A. degree in Digital Cinema. Presently, he
is a candidate for the Ph.D. from the University of Wales
in the United Kingdom.
years past, he has served as a health manpower consultant
to the Office of Health Manpower Opportunity at the National
Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. He was also
a key organizer of the first National Latino Health Manpower
Conference held in Chicago, Illinois; a national conference
sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. He served
as an executive director of a national health manpower
advocacy organization for Latinos. He has also served
as an executive director for a statewide association for
healthcare professionals. Currently, he is a member of
the Community Advisory Council of the Arts Partnership
of Greater Spartanburg. Within this organization, he has
and continues to work for the inclusion and participation
of minority communities in artistic programs and functions.
These include theater, dance, visual arts, music, and
other artistic disciplines. He is also a member of the
Southeastern Writers Association, the Association of Writers
and Writing Programs, Pen American Center, National Association
of Latino Independent Producers, and the Upstate Film
Santiago has been honored as an Outstanding Young Man
of America, and has been included in Oxford’s Who’s
Who in America. At the present time, he is serving a three-year
term as a Commissioner in the Human Relations Commission
of the City of Spartanburg. Through the Commission, he
is working to resolve social, economic, health, and educational
concerns in the Spartanburg community.
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Cristian Diaz is an artist with a huge talent who develops
an extreme pencil technique. His pictures are recognized
by their high level of detail and realism.
He developed his technique in his young years, starting
as a professional portrayer selling pictures in the streets
at the age of sixteen in his native country of Uruguay,
Many of his drawings were made in 2000, when he moved
to the United States. Now he lives in South Carolina spending
much of his time drawing for customers and his personal
Even though his main focus in art is portraits, he also
likes to do still life and surrealist drawings.
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name is Itsia. I was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela, in
1963. I earned the title of licentiate in Social Communications,
Major Audiovisual Journalism in December 1988, from the
Universidad del Zulia in Venezuela. I worked in my country
with government, private companies and broadcasting in
a wide variety of positions. Since my childhood I was
captivated for by different forms of art such as: dancing,
music, and photography. Through my college years I was
involved in different artistic projects where the photography
played an important role. Although my true love for art
is not my career, I have been able to tap into different
forms of art such dancing, photography, TV, radio and
movies. I have enjoyed every opportunity. My life has
changed in so many ways over the past years and the only
regret I have is that I have yet to been able to express
my true passion for art.
in life is art. Just look around you! The sunrise every
morning, the changes produced by each season, the sound
of the waves as they break onto the beach, the thunderstorms
and rain, the smiling faces, the breeze that brush your
hair, the sun tanning your body… feel it, live it,
enjoy it… That is art!”
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retiring as President Emeritus of the Bobbin Group, an international
trade show and publishing company, Manuel Gaetan an engineer
born in Puerto Rico, now dedicates more time to MGR Enterprises,
Inc. This is a business management consulting firm working
nationally and internationally. Creative Marketing and Business
Strategies are two areas of specialization. More details
about his firm can be found on his website: www.ManuelGaetan.com.
Manny, as he is commonly addressed, holds
a doctorate degree in Management Engineering. He is very
proud of his affiliation with the University of South
Carolina, details of which appear on his website also.
He has cultivated that relationship with USC since he
arrived in Columbia, SC in 1970.
For some time, Manny has been an active
advocate of issues that concern the Hispanic community.
In addition to being one of the original founding members
and director of the SCHLC, he is also an advisor to the
board of Hispanic Connections, Inc. He also served as
chairman of the Columbia World Affairs Council. Manny
is frequently asked to lecture on Hispanic issues.
I always loved to take photographs, I was a journalist
for the last 28 years of my professional career, which
provided me the opportunity to travel and reason to continue
to take photographs. Basically, I consider myself as a
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was born in the highlands and raised in the Central Valley
of Costa Rica. There I received a BS in Chemistry from
the University of Costa Rica before moving to South Carolina
where I have completed an MS and now am in the final year
of the PhD program in the Department of Chemistry at Clemson
University. I have worked in radio broadcasting production
and participated in several projects aimed at promoting
positive social change. I think I am a teacher at heart,
or maybe just admire the vocation of those who are real
teachers. I have taught at secondary and college level
both in Costa Rica and the US.
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Salamanca is native from Bogota, Colombia. He holds a
Bachelors Degree in Modern Languages from the Universidad
Distrital of Bogota Colombia.
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was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, a city full of culture
and inspiring images.
I moved to United States at the age of 17, that is when
my passion for writing start.
I used to have my diaries when I was a child, like I think
all girls have, but since I moved here everything changed,
because I was joining a different country, so different
feeling were all over.
I participated in the Second Amateur Latin Poetry Contest,
and proudly got the third place.
Sometimes is hard to show my work, I don’t know
why, but the Latin Poetry Contest gave me that confidence,
and that is amazing for me.
I love writing, is my passion, it help me when I am sad
and it help when I am happy.
I think art is in our life everyday in many ways, and
we have to be thankful for it.
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was born in Hermosillo, Mexico, where I lived the first
12 years of my life, residing afterwards in different
places within the country. I met my husband in 2003, and
after we got married we came to live in Columbia, his
birthplace. We are now the proud parents of a BEAUTIFUL!!!
Though I majored in Psychology, I’ve done everything
from teaching to recruiting.
My parents instilled the love of arts, mostly music, in
me. They both sing, and my father writes music and lyrics,
and plays the guitar.
Speaking with the truth, my thing is to sing, but I can’t
deny writing has been cathartic and liberating throughout
my entire life.
My favorite writer, and even more than that, the place
I go when I’m feeling nostalgic and sad, is Jaime
Sabines. I’m moved by his brutal honesty, his tenderness
and the way his soul shows through his words.
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Digital Animation Specialist |Puerto
Acosta is native from Puerto Rico. He holds a BS in Media
Arts Communications and Animation from the Art Institute
of Fort Lauderdale in Florida. He also completed a Digital
Animation Certification at the DAVE (Digital Animation
& Visual Effects) School in Orlando, FL.
participated on the Short film “Aurora” with
tasks including modeling (characters and background props),
rigging, animation (using MoCap and keyframe animation),
and compositing. Directed all aspect of the U Robot project
including: Modeling the cop robot using Lightwave 9, and
textures using Photoshop, Rigging for MoCap; Cleanup and
application of motion capture using Motion Builder and
Tracking of footage using Boujou; and composition of final
renders using Fusion.
was also an instructor at the Atlantic College in Guaynabo,
PR for the following subjects: Traditional 2D animation;
Illustration; and Graphic Design.
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was born in Nayarit, Mexico. She has been involved in
several artistic areas including: poetry, writing and
sketching. She has also participated in designing programs
to empower Hispanic youth and promote artistic creation
in the Hispanic community such as: Expresiones Project
and REACH Youth Project. She lives in Columbia SC.
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(Indy) Deliz was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1961.
He received his B.A. degree in TV and Movie production
with a minor in photography from the “Universidad
del Sagrado Corazon” in 1985.
has ventured in different areas of the arts as a director,
producer, screen and play writer and the one that has
always been his passion: photography. He started as a
photographer for the renowned “Cali Model and Talent
Agency” in San Juan, Puerto Rico then a s free lance
photographer and later as the manager and photographer
trainer for “Headshots” photo studios.
a forced hiatus of 12 years taking care of a family with
a special needs child, Anibal has returned to his true
passion again, reluctantly going into the digital realm.
Last December he had an exhibit at the Old San Juan Restaurant
here in Columbia, where he displayed images of his beloved
homeland: Puerto Rico.
is currently doing freelance photographic work for aspiring
models, some private functions and most recently the Richland–Lexington
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Born in Lima Peru on July 6, 1957. The circumstances
that surrounded my childhood were a very important part
of my development as an artist from a very early age.
I followeed a career in engineering but I never left
behind my vocation for writing. My productions are mainly
poetry, letters and short stories. I lived in Montreal
Canada from 1989 to 1994. In 1994, I moved to Irmo SC,
where I currently live.
Two of my poems were published by the Center for Poetic
Studies in Madrid as part of their antology "Aires
de Libertad" (Winds of Fredom) in December 2004 and
"Regalos del Alma" (Gifts from the Soul) in
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Poland was born in Augusta, Georgia, as Thomas Mitchell
Poland to John Mitchell Poland and Ruth Walker Poland.
He graduated from Lincoln High School in Lincolnton, Georgia.
He received a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and a Masters
in Education from the University of Georgia.
frequent contributor to magazines, he has written approximately
400 features. Poland’s first book, South Carolina—The
Natural Heritage, was published in 1989 by the University
of South Carolina Press. James Dickey wrote the foreword.
In 1994, the University of South Carolina Press published
his second book, South Carolina—A Timeless Journey.
In 1996, he published "Deliver Me from Leviathan"
in Reckon magazine, a literary feature on the career of
James Dickey. Excerpts and references from "Deliver
Me From Leviathan" were published in 2000 in The
World As A Lie—James Dickey, the Dickey biography
authored by Henry Hart. In 1999, the University of South
Carolina published his third book, Reflections of South
Carolina. In 2005, Bookhouse Group published his fourth
book, A Just & Noble Cause.
novel, Forbidden Island ... An Island Called Sapelo, deals
with themes of hope and destruction: man's alteration
of the Earth and man's efforts to stave off the inevitable
loss of family.
has lived in Columbia, South Carolina, much of his adult
life, where he writes and teaches.
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PhotoStory Project is an initiative of the SC Hispanic Leadership
Photo Story Project
is an initiative of local Latino artist that aims to create a story
told by a series of alternating visual and literary submissions. Our
goal is to bring SC Latino artists together for a common artistic venture
in order to bridge Hispanic artistry with the American culture.
our other initiatives
Escuincles Project (pronounced "skwink les") is a collaborative
effort of local amateur and professional Hispanic artists to foster
an appreciation of the experience, culture, and struggles of Latino