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Week 15: Classmate Conversation- Cesar Torres and Kristal Torres


This week I got to interview Cesar Torres and Kristal Torres. Both Cesar and Kristal are two people that I have got to become close friends with throughout the semester. Going back to middle school days, it was good to have a class with a person that I can call my friend, Kristal Torres. As for my party hard brother from a summer trip to Scotland, it was nice to have Cesar Torres in my class.

As we interviewed one another, we composed a list of things that we all shared in common: we are second year student, we played sports in high school, and we are struggling to survive the second year in college. In addition we all work. Kristal works at Baskin Robbins and Cesar works at Nordstrom Rack. Even though we are still young, it is pretty cool to meet young people, such as them, that have traveled outside of the United States to other countries away from North America.

When I interviewed Cesar, he told me that music is the form of art that has changed/made an impact on his life. Cesar likes to listen to EDM music. He has been to concerts and raves in the past. To Cesar, EDM music soothes him and uplifts his soul when he is having a bad day.

Thanks Kristal and Cesar for this awesome conversation. We’ll see each other around campus and in the future. Love you guys!


Week 12: Artist Conversation- Christopher Michael Linquata


This week I visited the Max L. Gatov Gallery to view the art work of Christopher Michael Linquata. The title of his artwork display was Scared and Profane. Mr. Linquata is currently in his last year of education studying art to get a Master Degree in Fine Art. He is focusing his studies in representational paintings and drawings. Prior to Mr. Linquata attending Cal State Long Beach, he was a student at Cal State Northridge. His main focus for his display was to synthesize different forms of painting and combine it with modern space. He did so by appropriating figures, colors, poses, and light logic. He used different designs and background from actual locations in California and added his own twist to his paintings.

Viewing his display I personally liked the colors that he used throughout his artwork. Colors such as the blues, reds, and greens brought a relaxing feel to his artwork. I liked that in the majority of his artwork he added a personal twist by painting himself and his family into his paintings. For this gallery display, it took Mr. Linquata about 3years to put together the whole gallery. In many of his artworks, Mr. Linquata would draw out imaginations, memories, and would start drawing and painting in the present moment. He is mostly inspired by the renaissance era and nature.

Find Christopher Linquata on Instagram at @Icon5350

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