September 27, 2022

Mesa College Art Gallery Celebrates LatinX Heritage Month with, In Lak’ech: Tu eres mi otro yo, Featuring Artworks by Maria de Los Angeles and Ryan Bonilla

By Office of Communications

Maria de los Angeles in her artwork

San Diego, CA. – On Wednesday, September 28, San Diego Mesa College will hold a reception for In Lak’ech: Tu eres mi otro yo, featuring artworks by Maria de Los Angeles and Ryan Bonilla. The Reception will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m., in the Mesa College Art Gallery (FA-103). In Lak’ech: Tu eres me otro yo (You are my other me) invokes a Mayan concept popularized by Chicano playwright Luis Valdez. This affirmation reflects a philosophy of caring and connecting with the human spirit of one another. This idea sets the tone for this two-person exhibit at the San Diego Mesa College Art Gallery to celebrate Latinx Heritage Month.maria-de-los-angeles


Through evocative paintings, wearable dress sculptures and drawings, artist Maria de Los Angeles – a former Dreamer and community college student, who is now a Professor at Yale University - connects with America’s multiple selves: those of the immigrant, the refugee, the undocumented, the indigenous. She questions and breaks down racist stereotypes and tac

kles otherness and the concept of belonging. Sharing the space, Ryan Bonilla’s monotype prints and Polaroid installation titled “We are Misfits” are a celebration of alternative culture


The exhibition will run September 26 – October 13, 2022.


Date/Time:        Reception: Wednesday, September 28, 2022 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.


Location:       San Diego Mesa College Art Gallery, FA 103                               7250 Mesa College Dr.

San Diego, CA 92111

Free Parking for the reception only - available in Parking Lot #1

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*Masks required


Visuals:          Gallery Artwork on display

1:1’s with Students

                        1:1’s with Mesa College Administrators


Gallery hours: M,T,W Th 12 - 5 pm, or by appointment.
Closed Fridays, weekends and district holidays. 
For info call (619) 388-2829 or visit the Gallery website:


About the Artists:

Maria de Los Angeles is based in New York. She immigrated from Mexico and was raised in Northern California. De Los Angeles received her MFA in painting and printmaking from Yale University School of Art (2015), a BFA in painting from Pratt institute (2013), and an associate’s degree in painting from Santa Rosa Junior College, California. Maria has been involved in community projects and has created youth arts programs. She received the Community Action Partnership’s award, and the Blair Dickinson Memorial Prize given by Yale University. She was an artist in residency at El Museo del Barrio (2017) and at Mana Contemporary (2015-2017). In fall of 2022, she was hired as Assistant Director of Painting and Printmaking at Yale University School of Art.


Ryan Bonilla is a multimedia artist who was born in the Philippines. Bonilla migrated to New York as a child, and as a teenager, he was influenced by the vibrant street culture that surrounded him. He has worked and collaborated with fashion houses such as Tommy Hilfiger, Burberry, and David Yurman. He has been published by EllePlayboyGQ, and i-D magazines. His work has been presented by galleries in New York and around the world, showcased at Art Basel and SCOPE, and has been acquired by the Museum of Art and Design and by private collectors. He currently resides in New York and Jersey City.


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