An artist known for his portraits of farm workers will give a talk Oct. 15 to educators and students as part the WSU Tri-Cities Early Outreach programs.
Simón Silva has conducted lectures to all ages nationwide, focusing on the importance of self-expression and developing personal creativity.
His talks include anecdotes from his childhood and his own journey toward a successful career as an artist.
Silva's paintings depict stylized portraits of farm workers bending to harvest crops, suns radiating heat and picturesque fields and valleys.
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"My images are simplistic, powerful, beautiful and about the Chicano culture," Silva said in a news release. "I have used these images -- scenes I used to be ashamed of -- to empower myself and other Chicanos."
The free event starts at 8 a.m. in the West Building Atrium at WSU Tri-Cities, 2710 University Drive, Richland. Doors open at 7:30 a.m.