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A Latino Identity and Art panel featuring three Colorado artists spoke with Middle School students about their exploration of identity, community, and personal narrative through their artwork.  These artists are activists and social leaders as they seek to explore what it means to be a part of a complex community.


The panelists responded to the following questions:

  • Tell me about your creative work?
  • How do you define home–What do you call home?
  • What words do you we use to describe cultural identity? Which terms do you closely align to and why?  Are there any terms you feel upset you and why?
  • How is your current work responding to today’s cultural challenges?


Dmitri Obergfell holds a bachelors degree in Fine Art from Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in Denver, Colorado.  His work is focused on exploring symbols within cultural forms and personal narrative through a diverse array of materials. His exhibitions include group shows at the Denver Art Museum and Red Line in Denver. He is currently represented by Montoro12 Gallery in Rome, IT and by Gildar Gallery in Denver, CO.

Ana Maria Hernando is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina.  She creates paintings, installations, drawings, and prints with a layering of natural and formal elements. She is also a poet and translator. Ana María holds a bachelor of fine arts from the California College of the Arts in Oakland, California.  She has had solo exhibitions at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver and The University of Colorado Art Museum in Boulder.  She has participated in group shows both locally and nationally including Regis University, DIA, and the Museo De Las Americas.

Cipriano Ortega has been immersed in the Denver art scene from a young age.  He attended the Denver School of the Arts High School and received his Bachelor of Art in Sociology with a minor in Vocal Performance from Regis University.  His abilities range from theater and music production to poetry, spoken word, and visual arts.  Cipriano is currently focused on creative projects such as acting in local plays and creating a conceptual album that he hopes to release in 2020.  He strives to observe and interpret his experiences into forms that are relatable while building connections.