Jaime Alonzo and Rick Deko will get a chance to show the public their unique art when they make their Tri-City joint debut at downtown Kennewick's monthly ArtWalk.
The ArtWalk is from 5 to 9 p.m. Jan. 9, with several downtown Kennewick merchants staying open late to feature an eclectic mix from Mid-Columbia artists.
Alonzo and Deko are not only artists, they're good friends with a mutual respect for each other's work.
"(Jaime) has gained extensive knowledge and experience on technique and the use of multiple mediums," Deko says of his friend. "This is evident at first glance on any of his recent paintings."
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Alonzo began taking a serious interest in art when he was just 13. He blends Manga, a cartoonish art form popular in Japan, with his latest interest, pop-art.
"Living in the forever changing world that we do today, I want my work to encourage the talented youth of today to be aware of their surroundings," said Alonzo, who lives in Pasco. "I would like to inspire them to take an interest in whatever art form they may find their calling and to pursue it."
Alonzo and Deko consider themselves contemporary artists, each using an assortment of paints for their creations.
Deko, a single Kennewick dad raising two sons, also paints a "baby" series that Heidi Lambert calls "amazing."
Lambert, with the Old Hotel Gallery in Othello, was so impressed by the work of both artists she invited them to show their pieces in November and December at the gallery.
"Their styles are similar but both see the world in different ways," she said.
Both take photos of the images they want to paint then use bold colors and schemes to create the effect they're looking for so it falls into the pop art genre.
Their joint Kennewick show will be at Chain Reaction Bike Shop, 319 W. Kennewick Ave. And both will be on hand to chat with ArtWalk visitors.