The Lunar New Year is filled with happy greetings, giving blessings, and celebrating the auspicious times. It is a time to reconnect with family and friends while welcoming new and exciting opportunities. As we bid the year of the Rat farewell, we are hopeful for the possibilities in the future. This year, Lunar New Year is especially meaningful. The desire to unite with our loved ones is stronger than ever. Wells Fargo wanted to capture the spirit of what this holiday means with their Unity Ox.
Artist bio: Eduardo Valadez Arenas
Eduardo Valadez Arenas is a Mexican-American Artist from Mexico City by way of the Coachella Valley. He is currently residing and working in the Bay area. His artworks echo diaspora, his Mexican-American heritage, and the influences of California pop culture. His mixed-media works on paper and handmade panels contain elements of cartoon illustrations, sign painting, traditional printmaking techniques, and street art.
Outside of the studio, his work as an educator has led to collaborations with art-based organizations like Kala Arts Institute, Ryse Youth Center, Riverside Museum of Photography, Oakland School for the Arts, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and La Cocina. Eduardo has also worked with The Parade Guys on various parades including many years for the Chinese New Year parade. His contributions have included painting and building art and structures for the many floats as well as parade-day event support.
For more of Eduardo’s work, follow him at https://www.instagram.com/lacocinaloca/
Learn more about the Ox on Parade and don’t forget to enter our photo contest. From February 3 – March 14, snap a picture of you and the Ox, tag us @chineseparade, and use the hashtag #oxonparade. It’s that simple! See official rules here.