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In photo at left, Artist Alfonso “Piloto” Nieves Ruiz by the Dewey School mural he inspired.Submitted photo
In photo at left, Artist Alfonso “Piloto” Nieves Ruiz by the Dewey School mural he inspired.
Submitted photo
by Emmanuel Patiño Gómez


Upon entering Dewey School, students, teachers, parents and visitors are now greeted by a vivid mural that was a true labor of love in its making.

Alfonso “Piloto” Nieves Ruiz, a skilled sculptor, was the artist in residence responsible for bringing a new vision of unity to all who walk through Dewey’s doors. Mr. Ruiz led the entire school community in the creation of an artistic project that engaged and inspired every member of Dewey to contribute to the mural.

Mr. Ruiz, a native of Queretaro, Queretaro, Mexico, is a self-taught artist. As a young child, he began making art from junk dumped by nearby factories into a river near his home.

In 1997, he came to the United States in search of better opportunities. He did not speak English and was faced with many challenges living in a new country. His art saved him from many hardships.  

“The real world is full of stress and suffering,” he said. “My art is my therapy. My mentors have helped me to believe in my responsibility as an artist. Each art creation I have made is my favorite.”

Members of the Dewey PTA, Nan Stein and Anne Berkeley, who are Evanston Arts Council members, commissioned Mr. Ruiz to create artwork to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.

He said, “This mural shows how all cultures are connected to each other and earth.”

More information about Mr. Ruiz, his work and events is available at www.anrstudios.com.

Anyone with Latino news to share with the Latino community may contact the Club Éxito/Success Club Latino News Team at 847-866-5916 or email: info@latinoresources.org.


El Arte de Piloto
Al entrar en la escuela de Dewey, los estudiantes, maestros, padres y visitantes son ahora recibidos por un mural vívido que fue una verdadera labor de amor en su creación.

Alfonso “Piloto” Nieves Ruiz, un escultor experto, fue el artista en residencia responsable de traer una nueva visión de unidad para todos quienes caminan por las puertas de Dewey. El Sr. Ruiz dirigió a toda la comunidad de la escuela en la creación de un proyecto artístico que atrajo e inspiró a cada miembro de Dewey a contribuir con el mural.

Piloto, un nativo de Querétaro, Querétaro, México, es un artista autodidacto. De niño, el empezó a hacer arte con la basura de fábricas que se colectaba en el rio cerca de su casa.

En 1997, el vino a los Estados Unidos en busca de mejores oportunidades. Él no hablaba inglés y enfrentó muchos retos viviendo en un país nuevo. Su arte lo salvó de muchos trabajos duros.

El compartió, “El mundo real está lleno de estrés y sufrimientos. Mi arte es mi terapia. Mis mentores me han ayudado a creer en mi responsabilidad como artista. Cada creación que he hecho es mi favorita.”

La Asociación de Padres y Maestros (PTA) de Dewey, Nan Stein y Anne Berkeley, miembros del consejo de arte de Evanston, pusieron a cargo a Piloto para crear una obra de arte para celebrar el Mes de la Herencia Hispana.

Piloto comentó, “Este mural muestra como todas las culturas están conectadas una a la otra y a la tierra.” Para más información sobre Piloto, sus trabajos y eventos, visita su sitio web: www.anrstudios.com.

¿Alguien que tenga noticias que le gustaría compartir con la comunidad latina? Por favor comuníquese con Club Éxito Latino News Team al 847-866-5916 o correo electrónico: info@latinoresources.org, con información sobre nuestra gente latina, eventos e historias que podamos compartir con nuestra comunidad.





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