October 15th - November 16th, 2018
The Sacred and The Profane: The Mask as Performance and Art
Eli Renteria is a Chicano artist from Tucson, Arizona, who has been performing since his early childhood, and has been making masks for the past seven years. He studied Mask, Melodrama, and Clown at Dell’Arte International School for Physical Theatre and has apprenticed under master mask maker Zarco Guerrero in Mesa, Arizona. Renteria draws much of his inspiration from his own mixed heritage as well as the cultural influences and natural beauty of the Southwest. He also incorporates many ideas and elements from different peoples encountered in his travels. Renteria is a Santa Rosa Junior College graduate and currently attends UCLA as an anthropology major. He continues to make masks and performs at various cultural festivals throughout the Southwest.