Tuesday, October 5, 2021

West Palm Beach artist discusses the importance of equality on WPBF News

West Palm Beach artist discusses the importance of equality on WPBF News
By Brando Lopez
Rolando Chang Barrero
October 4, 2021

While Cubans and other Hispanics continue to struggle for equality, a West Palm Beach artist is at the root of that crusade. His art may make you think twice – whether it’s in a subliminal message or one of his more controversial exhibits.

Inside The Box Gallery in West Palm Beach, curator Rolando Chang Barrero, also known as “The Bird Man,” creates his next piece.He’s not only an artist but an activist.

“It’s a powerful means of communication,” Barrero said. “Whether it deals with Cuba, homosexuality, because I am gay, the artwork also stems from that larger-than-life image. So, it hits you.”

Rolando uses current headlines and historical events as his influence. He exposes problems and gives them a silent voice of expression.

“We’ve taken the time to deal with social issues, which includes race and ethnicity,” Rolando said.

Whether it’s the 2018 Parkland school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School or showcasing other artists, like Dominic Esposito’s “The Opioid Spoon Project,” Rolando said he knows what it’s like to struggle growing up in Miami.

His parents are from Cuba and sought political asylum in the United States.

“It was the '60s, and there was no Hispanics,” Rolando said. “And racism was at its peak. Life changed in kindergarten. We had to go out and mix with other kids. We were the ones that stood out. It wasn’t once or twice that we would come home beat up. That was a sign of the times in this country.”

He said inequality is still rampant, but he uses it to promote positive change in the community.

Rolando said it’s important to value yourself, adding that fighting for that value is the only way Hispanics will be on an equal playing field.

Rolando said he has always drawn outside the lines – using art to make people think outside the box, which he said he wants to instill in young artists.

“As soon as they put a drawing pencil to paper or a brush to a canvas, that’s a powerful medium. And if you’re going to paint flowers, make sure it’s the most beautiful flower in the world and that it resonates with the broadest amount of people," he said.

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Thursday, February 11, 2021

The Box Gallery Exhibition Blank Slate: Domenic Esposito on cover of Mondo Italiano!

The Box Gallery is finally back on track and opening to the public with much care and safety measures! 

Artist + Social Activist Domenic Esposito tackles mental health in new series of works to be shown at The Box Gallery kicks off with a national roundtable discussion with mental health leaders.

Artist and social activist Domenic Esposito to exhibit new work this 
March at the Box Gallery in West Palm Beach, Florida 

The Box Gallery
Blank Slate Fine Art Exhibition

Roundtable national discussion on mental health leaders and Press Preview
March 6, 2021, 7-9 PM

March 13, 2021, 7-10 PM

Artist Talk: 
March 20, 2021, 7-9 PM


Rolando Chang Barrero
Other images and interviews are available upon request. 

West Palm Beach, FL 01-22-2021--Domenic Esposito will be showing his new series of artwork entitled Blank Slate, along with select pieces of his signature work addressing the Opioid Crisis, at the socially conscious Box Gallery in West Palm Beach's “Cultural Corridor.” 
The exhibit will be curated by The Box Gallery owner and curator Rolando Chang Barrero. 

Esposito's new series titled "Blank Slate" represents the artist's reflections upon current times and the era of fear, depression, and loneliness experienced in the "new normal." Esposito explores the isolation of those living with mental illness and those suffering from substance abuse whose challenges have been exacerbated and laid bare.  
All the figures depicted in Blank Slate are hooded; their faces are either totally or partially hidden from view. Many pieces contrast bronze patinas with painted backgrounds illuminating the hooded figures' hidden, inner world, alluding to the wearer's identity. Through the combination of two and three-dimensional media, the artworks push the hooded subject into our visceral space creating conflict between the figure's desire to be hidden and the viewer's own incompatible impulses to ignore, expose and understand. 
The Blank Slate Exhibition will open with a reception on on March 6th and continue through March 29, 2021. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday 11-6 p.m. or by appointment.

Sunday, February 7, 2021

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Saturday, January 23, 2021

“In Time of Protest Art Exhibit” on Display at Miramar Cultural Center Curated by Rolando Chang Barrero

Self Portrait with Found Object(ive) by Rolando Chang Barrerro
Self Portrait with Found Object(ive) by Rolando Chang Barrerro

“My response to the murder of George Floyd was to listen. What I heard and saw was a clear call for unity and justice. What I did was to gather those voices and images, so others could bear witness to our history; our American History as it was in the summer of 2020. Black History is not a version of American History, Black History is that part of the American truth that questions… “and justice for all.”
-Rolando Chang Barrero

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Who, Me? ¿Quien, Yo?

Last Nights presentation on  Norton Museum of Art​ Livestream.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Las Olas Lifestyles Magazine: Art That Advocates

Rolando Chang Barrero featured in

By Sally O'Dowd Las Olas Lifestyles Magazine 2019 Publisher Lifestyle Media Group https://go.epublish4me.com/ebook/10101344/1019_Las_Olas.pdf

Rolando Chang Barrero "Art That Advocates"
By Sally O'Dowd Las Olas Lifestyles Magazine 2019 Publisher Lifestyle Media Group https://go.epublish4me.com/ebook/10101344/1019_Las_Olas.pdf

Read Magazine Here:

A Must See Exhibition! Immigration show educates and presents 1st hand experiences!

A Must See Exhibition!
CONstitutionX: Our Human Rights
Immigration show educates and presents1st hand experiences!

The Box Gallery
811 Belvedere Road
West palm Beach, Florida 33405

Groups and Institutions are welcomed!

Photo: Kim Fontaine

"The opening of the CONstitutionX: Our Human Rights held last week was spectacular to say the least. It was a grand success on so many levels! It was really engaging and created the much anticipated empathic response. The interactions between audience and artists were a sight to see and experience, as was the artwork itself!"
 -Rolando Chang Barrero

Artist: Maria Lino

The exhibition which opened  last Saturday on September 28, 2019 was purposely held on the anniversary date that The U.S. Congress voted to send the new Constitution of the United States to the state legislatures for their approval and will close on November 8, 2019; the anniversary of the election of President Abraham Lincoln who authored of The Emancipation Proclamation.

The curators, Rolando Chang Barrero and Sonia Baez-Hernandez selected together 23 International Artists and 2 organizations unite for Social Justice and awareness. The exhibition includes a series of visual art presentations, theatrical performances, performance art, films, workshops, artists talks and video curated by both artist/curators who have long established their presence in the the art world as leaders of social justice art and have exhibited alongside many of the artists in the exhibition.

Among the 23 International Artists which are included are Rolando Chang Barrero (US), Lisu Vega (Venezuela), Muu Blanco (Venezuela), Donna Ruff, Diane Arrieta , Ruben Riviera Matos, Sonia Baez-Hernandez (D.R), Narciso Martinez (Mex.), Maria Lino (Cuba), Sunny Marquez (P.R.), Edouard Duval-Carrié (Haiti), Lisu Vega (Venezuela), Muu Blanco (Venezuela), Diane Khalo, Ruben Riviera Matos, Izel Vargas, Zonia Zena, and others. Please see blog for complete list of artists:


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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The art and artists of "CONstitution X : Our Human Rights" at The Box Gallery

CONstitutionX: Our Human Rights

The Box Gallery
811 Belvedere Road
West Palm Beach, Florida

Opens with a reception on September 28th, 2019 | 7 PM

September 28, 2019 - November 6, 2019

An exhibition and series of visual art presentations, theatrical performances, performance art, films, workshops, artists talks and video curated by 
Rolando Chang Barrero, Daynalis Gonzalez,  and Sonia Baez-Hernandez.

   These art interventions address a range of narratives regarding immigration and our basic human rights. The inclusion of the varieties media included in this exhibition we hope extends the dialogue of what art and activism can and does look like when it merges. Its purpose and intent is to introduce, inform and educate the viewer of some of the most powerful work being created in the social justice arena and to share the issues and the experiences of the artists which shapes, not only their work, but their very lives. 

All three are artist/curators have long established their presence in the the art world as leaders of social justice art with the purpose of showcasing and participating in a wide range of visual and performing art that aim to raise critical consciousness, build community, and motivate individuals to promote social change.

The exhibition opens on the anniversary date that The U.S. Congress voted to send the new Constitution of the United States to the state legislatures for their approval and closes on the anniversary of the election of Abraham Lincoln the author of The Emancipation Proclamation.

Artists in all media will unite to respond to the various "CONs" that have been revealed during the current political climate in the United States and perceived as a blatant disregard of our “X" basic guaranteed freedoms presented in the Constitution of The United States’ Bill of of Rights.

Special presentations by 

Guatemalan Maya Center

In the 1980s, at the height of the Guatemalan genocide, many indigenous migrant workers were facing harassment from employers while struggling to find their place in a new home. The founders of the Guatemalan-Maya Center lobbied and advocated for the migrant community, gaining numerous victories throughout the past three decades, including securing special agricultural work visas for nearly 1,000,000 people.
Thanks to a grant from the Palm Beach County Health Department, The Guatemalan-Maya Center was officially incorporated in 1992. With just a staff of 5 and a van, we began driving mothers with limited access to the health services and prenatal care to their doctor visits - interpreting both language and culture.
Years later, we continue to accompany the immigrant communities of South Florida, and have expanded our programs to serve over 1,000 people each month from more than 28 different countries.

We Count!
a grassroots membership organization in Homestead, Florida, founded in 2006 and dedicated to promoting the rights and well-being of the immigrant community through education, support and collective action.
Help build the power of Latin American immigrants and farm workers in Homestead with a generous tax-deductible contribution in support of WeCount! Donations can be made at www.we-count.org.

Among the 24 international artists which are included are  Rolando Chang Barrero (US), Lisu Vega (Venezuela), Muu Blanco (Venezuela), Donna Ruff , Diane khalo, Ruben Riviera Matos, Sonia Baez-Hernandez (D.R), Narciso Martinez (Mex.), Maria Lino (Cuba), Sunny Marquez (P.R.), Edouard Duval-Carrié (Haiti), Lisu Vega (Venezuela), Muu Blanco (Venezuela), Donna Ruff , Diane khalo, Ruben Riviera Matos, Izel Vargas, and others. Please scroll down for complete list of artists.

Artists List:


This Taco Truck Kills Fascists (2018) | Rodrigo Dorfman in attendance

Rodrigo Dorfman (born 1967 in Santiago, Chile) is a multimedia award-winning filmmaker and producer living in Durham, North Carolina. He has worked with POV, HBO, Salma Hayek's Ventanazul and the BBC among others.


Aurora Molina was born in La Havana, Cuba, in 1984. She emigrated to the United States at the age of sixteen, where she opted to pursue an education in art. Molina received her Associates of Arts in Visual Arts from Miami Dade College, a Bachelors in Fine Arts specializing in Mixed Media from Florida International University and Master Degree in Contemporary Art at the Universidad Europea de Madrid completed in 2009. She currently resides in Miami, Florida, where she works as a full time artist.


Over a five-year period, I developed an installation of artwork that is a memorial to the thousands of girls and young women who have disappeared and often brutally murdered in Juárez, Mexico. My intent was to create a “sacred space” and a memorial wall of portraits of the victims. I painted portraits and built frames for more than 150 victims as well as created other large sculptures and paintings which made reference to Mexico’s indigenous roots to help memorialize these victims of feminicide (the murder of women because they are women).


DONNA RUFF BURNS, SLICES, AND SHREDS TO ILLUSTRATE REFUGEE, IMMIGRATION TURMOIL  Excerpt from article in  http://www.biscaynetimes.com

Written By Elisa Turner, BT Contributor 

Permeating Ruff’s art is a passion for social justice. She’s active in the social justice network of her Miami Beach synagogue, Temple Beth Sholom. With network members, she demonstrated against the detaining of immigrant children at the Homestead Detention Center.

”No wonder her art is included in the exhibit “CONstitutionX: Our Human Rights,” opening September 28 at the Box Gallery, 811 Belvedere Rd., in West Palm Beach. “Box Gallery concentrates on socially conscious art,” says gallery owner and curator Rolando Chang Barrero. Ruff uses “new forms and traditional material, as well as imagery which is extremely powerful,” he adds. Her art “is one of the more perfect examples of work that should be seen today.”


My art seeks to spark a conversation on subjects that touch me deeply, such as place, motherhood, breast cancer and the fragility of the natural environment. The relationship between the fibers I work with and the place where I was born evokes the comfort of belonging. Regardless of whether I am physically “here or there”, the question is always … but where do you come from?

Working in fiber art allows me to foster community , bringing people together to knit for different positive causes.


Born in the village of Rancheria in Chinandega, Nicaragua, Jahaira Ríos Campos y Gálvez immigrated to the U.S. in 1979 with her parents fleeing the civil war. She is an alumna of New World School of the Arts High School. Jahaira received her B.F.A. from University of Florida and her M.F.A. from Barry University. She currently lives in Miami, Florida with her husband and four children and works at Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) as a Teaching Artist. As a teacher she has a passion to show others how art can enrich their lives and the understanding of the world around them. Her work as an artist stems from her desire to touch on difficult subjects in a way that provokes conversations and reflection.




In 2014, Venezuelan artist Jose Antonio Blanco decided that enough was enough.
Known as Muu to his friends and fellow artists, Blanco took to the streets in Caracas to protest alongside thousands of other people in what would later become one of the most violent days in Venezuelan history: Students’ Day or Dia de los Estudiantes. The protests also coincided with the imprisonment of opposition leader, Leopoldo Lopez.
Dozens of young people were killed ... continue.

Her art crosses boundaries from installations and performance arts to documentary to poetry. The work responds to issues of human rights, police brutality, embodiment (art healing), health disparities, biomedicine, medical deportation, climate change and the immigration detention deportation apparatus. Her interest in the arts allow her to expand the dialogue and awareness about social transformation, climate and racial justice and meditations about identity., gender... Please watch  link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-kNliOvLww.

Sonia Baez-Hernandez (born 1958) is a Puerto-Dominican interdisciplinary artist. She works with a wider variety of media including drawing, painting, instillations, performance art, poetry, and filmmaking.


“We have to be able to at least sort the bodies later of we’re not going to take care of the issue.”-CBS NEWS

Rolando Chang Barrero’s “School Supplies for a New Generation” makes another stark, strong statement as he lays a series of white printed tags and bags that may look like school supplies but are actually body bags. “School Supplies For the Next Generation” is meant to disturb the audience. “It should anger you and maybe shame you into action,” says Barrero. “These are not times that I am concerned about you, nor your response to my work! What you see is my response to the inaction of our country and the possibility of normalizing events that should not have occurred, but did, and may very well happen again.” - Florida Daily Post


Sandra L. Portal-Andreu (Performance Artist/Choreographer/Educator) is a Miami native of Cuban/Colombian descent who began her dance experience at the Mirochnik Ballet Institute under the direction of Madelyn Alfonso. Later, she trained intensively in the Vaganova Technique with Ballet Master Vladimir Issaev. Under Issaev’s direction with the Arts Ballet Theater of South Florida, she performed as soloist in The Nutcracker, Le Corsaire, Ballet Concerto, and Suite of Waltzes No.1. She received an A.A. from New World School of the Arts, a B.F.A. in Dance from Florida State University, and a M.S. in Movement Sciences from Barry University.


Aimee Perez was born in Habana Cuba in 1955. She left for the United States when she was twelve with her family through the Freedom Flights and grew up in Miami in Cuban immigrant community. As a young adult she won the Gold Key Award in painting and several honorable mentions as she continued her pursuit of the arts during her college years. In 1989 she moved to Mexico City and continued painting and exhibiting with Cuban and Mexican artist.


XII Biennial of Havana / Photographer Artist/ Arts & Technoscience / 
Intelligent Media/ Curatorial Assitance & Producer.


Mojado is a slang term meaning Wetback.(Someone who illegally enters the 
U.S. by crossing the Rio Grande).

This photo is a reminder of the hardships my husband faced when trying to navigate the immigration system. He is now an American citizen but it was a long, arduous process. Depending on which country you are from, the rules change a bit. Not everyone who wants to become 
a citizen is granted that privilege. 

The United States helps fund wars in other countries to benefit their agenda and then are very slow or reluctant to help the people fleeing from violence, crime and other atrocities of war. -Diane Arrieta


Edouard Duval-Carrié’s work navigates the historically rich and culturally complex traditions that comprise a uniquely Caribbean perspective. Duval-Carrié’s recent works attend to themes of water, travel, and Francophone culture. For him, water becomes both a symbolic passage and a barrier – the means by which enslaved Africans were brought to the Caribbean and modern-day Haitians migrate to the United States. Both circumstances have been driven by capitalism, a force that occupies Duval-Carrié’s work materially and iconographically.

Edouard Duval Carrié is a contemporary artist and curator based in Miami, Florida. Born and raised in Haiti, Duval Carrié fled the regime of “Papa Doc” Duvalier as a teen ager and subsequently resided in locales as diverse as Puerto Rico, New York, Montreal, Paris and Miami. Parallels thus emerge between the artist’s cosmopolitan lifestyle and his artistic sensitivity toward the multifaceted identities that form his native Haiti. At heart, Duval Carrié is an educator: he challenges the viewer to make meaning of dense iconography derived from Caribbean history, politics, and religion. His mixed media works and installations present migrations and transformations, often human and spiritual. Recently the conceptual layering of Duval Carrié’s works has been further emphasized in his materials and through consistent attention to translucent and reflective mediums, such as glitter, glass, and resin. The introspective effects of these mediums transform his works into spatial interventions that implicate the viewer in their historicity.


Ignacio Font was born of Cuban parents on the island of Puerto Rico, where he began his search as an artist. As a child, Ignacio always felt an outsider, not belonging to his family, neighborhood or school. At the age of 10, he visited New York with his family and felt a warm embrace when in front of a Jackson Pollock painting. A year later his family moved to Miami from Puerto Rico and the disjointed feeling he always had became an even greater contrast to the warm embrace of the Pollock painting. This disjointed feeling, coupled with the warm embrace, are the driving forces in his works.





“Before I decided to be political in my art, I would get critiques about how I was making statements that were too social and political, so I decided to embrace it,” said Martinez.

At the age of 20, Martinez moved to the United States to pursue better opportunities, as most immigrants do. Now at 39, Martinez is a drawing and painting major showcasing his art throughout the Cal State University Long Beach campus and the country.

“I grew up poor in Oaxaca. [My family’s] goal was to have enough to eat,” said Martinez. “We didn’t really have time to dream.”

Martinez’s artwork is a collection of portraits of agricultural workers painted or drawn on recycled produce boxes he collects from grocery stores who have thrown the boxes away. The majority of his pieces are done in charcoal pencils, ink wash, and oil paints.




Ricardo Levins Morales describes himself as a “healer and trickster organizer disguised as an artist.” He was born into the anti-colonial movement in his native Puerto Rico and was drawn into activism in Chicago when his family moved there in 1967.

Ricardo left high school early and worked in various industries, and over time began to use his art as part of his activism. This activism has included support work for the Black Panthers and Young Lords to participating in or acting in solidarity with farmers, environmental, labor, racial justice and peace movements.

Increasingly Ricardo sees his art and organizing practices as means to address individual, collective and historical trauma. He co-leads workshops on trauma and resilience for organizers as well as trainings on creative organizing, social justice strategy and sustainable activism, and mentors and supports young activists.





Experienced Art Teacher with a demonstrated history of working in the fine art industry. Strong education professional skilled in Photography, Printmaking, Logo Design, Microsoft Word, and Conceptual Art. 


Zonia Zena is a photo based artist born and living in Lima Peru. Her photographic work has evolved on the genre of portraiture with a documentary approach. She has been working on projects dealing with women and inmigration, family and her own interaction with her surroundings.

Zonia completed a Bacherlor’s degree in Fine Arts with concentration in Creative Photography and a Minor in Art History from New World School of the Arts in partnership with University of Florida. She is a member of Women Photograph.