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Laura Molina

Laura Molina was born in East Los Angeles in 1957 and grew up in the suburbs near Pasadena. Her mother was born in Los Angeles and her father was born in San Diego, Texas, of two farming and ranching families who were made citizens by the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848. She is the Great-Grand daughter of a Confederate soldier. Although primarily a painter, she grew up very much aware of the various media of pop culture and has explored several of them in depth. Manifesting an early interest in music, she studied piano, woodwinds, guitar, and voice, and during the early 1980s she fronted Tiger Lily, an all-female rock band. After graduating early from high school, she participated in the theatrical training program at the Inner City Cultural Center, Los Angeles, studying under such people as C. Bernard Jackson and George C. Wolfe. She then studied art and film making at the California Institute of the Arts in 1979-81. This was later followed by further study at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, in 1994 and at the American Animation Institute in North Hollywood in 1995. In 2001 she enrolled at Antelope Valley College, expanding her range of media still further by studying multimedia production. Working prolifically as a scenic artist in motion pictures, television, music videos, and theme parks, Molina formed much of her aesthetic as a reaction to the images she saw perpetuated in the popular media. Subsequent projects have included the Naked Dave series of paintings, two self-published comic books, Cihualyaomiquiz the Jaguar, a reaction to California's "Proposition 187," featuring an avenging Mexican-American super heroine, and the upcoming, Legends of the Southwest, featuring a retelling of the La Llorona legend and a historical fiction about the San Patricios, immigrant Irish soldiers who deserted from the American army and went over to the Mexican side during the Mexican-American War in 1846. She in listed in The Great Women Cartoonists by Trina Robbins published by Watson-Guptill in 2001. The artist says her life and painting style was changed when she attended the June 1999 opening of " La Patria Portatil, 100 years of Mexican Chromo Art Calendars" at the Latino Museum of Art History and Culture. Her biography and five of her paintings were included in Contemporary Chicano and Chicana Art published by Bilingual Review / Press in 2002. In 2004, a documentary short film, "Naked Dave" was made about her artistic obsessions by filmmakers Alex Schaffert and David Callaghan. She lives on the edge of the Mojave Desert, from which she draws inspiration, and maintains an intensely personal web site as the self-proclaimed "Angriest Woman in the World". Source:

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