Deivito Garcia: Hispanic Art At Cafe Eclectic

Deivis “Deivito” Garcia is an artist in every sense of the word. Not only is he a published cartoonist, a founding member and cuatro guitar player for the Montclair band, The Porchistas, and founder of the Boro 6 Indie Music Fest, but now he is expanding his list of artistic accomplishments to include a month-long exhibit of his paintings and sketches, entitled El Rio Debajo Del Mar. The exhibition opens Friday at Montclair’s Cafe Eclectic.

According to Garcia, El Rio Debajo del Mar is where “things happen deeply; beneath the surface, where living-flesh histories flow beneath the technocratic narratives which portray humanity merely as a multitude of universal consumers.”

The showcase displays 14 pieces of Garcia’s artwork, each of which draws inspiration from the vivacious Hispanic culture — just in time for National Hispanic Heritage month, which started yesterday. While each image represents a unique, yet specific, point in Latino history, the collection as a whole stays true to Garcia’s unifying theme.

“I tried to reflect Hispanic histories in the artwork, so a lot of it is based on different aspects of Latino culture,” Garcia said. “For example, some of the paintings are influenced by Puerto Rico, one of them is inspired by Chilean events. It is going to be about 14 pieces, and 8 of them are new.”

And while Hispanic heritage definitely played an influential role in developing Garcia’s exhibit, it was his own literary and musical ventures that really helped define each painting as original. As Garcia recently became more interested in gaining a deeper understanding of Latino literature and music, he discovered many popular Hispanic figures including Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano, Puerto Rican salsa singer Hector Lavoe (pictured below) and Chilean President Salvador Allende (pictured top), each of whom became sources of stimulation for specific pieces within his collection.

But this is just the beginning for Garcia, who plans to continue honoring Hispanic culture in future artwork.

“I’m just getting started. I intend to do more of different countries, but it’s a start for now,” said Garcia.

El Rio Debajo Del Mar will run from September 17th through October 11th, with an opening reception this Sunday, at 3 p.m. Garcia and friends will perform Latino music.

In addition to Garcia’s exhibit, Baristaville is hosting a number of other events in honor of National Hispanic Heritage month, which started yesterday and runs through October 15th.

To kick off the month, The Arts and Folklore Peruvian Dance Academy will perform a free interactive recital at the West Orange Public Library on September 15, 7 p.m. Advanced registration is recommended and you can sign up online.

Montclair High School invites Baristaville residents to celebrate the month by attending their 9th Annual Latino Film Festival. Each Sunday, beginning September 19th through October 3rd, people are invited to the high school auditorium at 2 pm to watch a free film that focuses on Hispanic heritage and culture. A Hispanic speaker will introduce each film and no advanced registration is required.

Pásalo muy bien!

Cafe Eclectic, 444 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, NJ

Exhibit runs September 11 through October 11.
Hispanic Jibaro/Guajiro music on guitar and Cuatro by Deivito & Friends on SUNDAY, 9/19 at 3PM.

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  1. Deivis is a great artist. More of his work can be seen in the children’s section of the Montclair library.

  2. Deivito, congratulations on your show. What wonderful talents you are sharing with our world. I’ve so enjoyed your performances at Perico’s in Clifton on Wednesday nights. Got to get back over their soon. Looking forward to checking out the show at Eclectic.

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