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Rasquache 2018: A special edition of the residency dedicated with love and in memory of David Cuatlacuatl.  Three local folk artists from the state of Puebla were featured in this 2019's residency including: a kite maker, basket & petate weaver, and a pyrotechnic artist.  This edition also highlights and embraces a talented local contemporary painter from Cholula, Puebla.  Having received his MFA from the Penn State School of Visual Arts, David Cuatlacuatl's friends and collaborator during graduate school attend Rasquache 2018.        

Pedro Cuacuas Cano

First place winner of the national 2018 Museo de Arte Popular 11th annual kite competition, Pedro resides and works in Puebla City.  

Alberto Ibáñez-Cerda  (Torreón Coahuila, 1964)

With a BFA from la Universidad de las Americas Puebla, the artist has exhibited his work in Mexico, the US, France, Canada, Spain, Argentina and Italy. Among his important solo shows are: We need another hero, Polyforum Siqueiros, Mexico City; The problem with painting at the Judith Tatar Gallery, SCOPE, Miami Art Fair; A brave new world, Yvonamor Palix Gallery, Paris France and The new prophets, Galería de Arte Contemporáneo y Diseño, Puebla. His group shows include: VII Bienal de Yucatán, XVI Bienal Tamayo, Museo Tamayo; Imaginarios contemporáneos, Colección FEMSA; Heterotopías, Plataforma 06; Mexican Report, Mexican Cultural Institute; VI Bienal Monterrey FEMSA; Primera Bienal de Yucatán; Tendencias, VII Salón de Arte Bancomer, Museo de Arte Moderno.

            In 2003 he received a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation in New York, and from the State Fund for the Arts and Culture in Puebla. In 2004 he was invited to the 22 Simposyum of Contemporary Art in Baie St. Paul, Quebec, and to the Art dans la Ville Festival in St. Etienne, France. In 2009 he was invited by the Working Classroom Foundation in Albuquerque NM, to do a public sculpture.

            His work has been published in books such as México en ARCO Madrid ´15, A Continental Look: Colección FEMSA; Mexican Report and Plataforma Puebla 2006, and in art magazines like  Art Nexus, Art Papers, and  la Tempestad.

Yelizaveta Masalimova was born in 1986 and immigrated to Connecticut from Kiev, Ukraine with her
family in 1991. For her bachelor studies, she attended the Lyme Academy College of Fine Art in Old
Lyme, Connecticut, where she earned a BFA in Sculpture, and was the sole recipient in her class of the
Adams Academic Four-Year Grant. Yelizaveta received her M.F.A. from the University of Connecticut in
May 2012, where she received a Full Tuition Waiver Grant, a Graduate Teaching Assistantship, and a
Graduate Research Travel Grant.
Yelizaveta's work has been exhibited throughout the US, and she recently had her first international Solo
Exhibition at Schiller International University in Madrid, Spain. She has competed in the National
Sculpture Society Figure and Portrait Modelling Competitions in 2013, 2015, and 2016. Yelizaveta
currently teaches at the University of Connecticut Stamford Campus, and the Lyme Academy of Fine Art,
a College of the University of New Haven. She currently resides in Old Saybrook, CT.

Charlie Cunningham is an artist from Southeastern Connecticut who received
his BFA in Painting from Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in 2008. He then went on to earn
an MFA in Sculpture from Pennsylvania State University in 2015. His artworks span sculpture,
installation, drawing and painting mediums. Each work can utilize a wide variety of materials
including, ceramic, silicone, found objects, charcoal, urethane foam, resin, acrylic, and hair.
Charlie has recently exhibited at the Governor’s Island Art Fair, Burlington City Arts, and The
Delaware Contemporary Art Museum. He is also the recipient of several awards and honors
including a Teton Artlab Residency and the Penn State Creative Achievement Award. Charlie
currently teaches Sculpture courses at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts and Naugatuck
Valley Community College.

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