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Current Exhibition

Mt. San Jacinto College Art Gallery presents

Rony Armas, Our Stories are Ancient

August 15 – September 22, 2022

Closing reception:
Thursday, September 22, 4 – 7 pm
tour with the artist at 6 pm

MSJC Art Gallery
1499 N State St. Building 1400
San Jacinto, CA 92583

Mt. San Jacinto College Art Gallery is pleased to present Rony Armas, Our Stories are Ancient. In this ongoing photography series Armas explores how the symbols of our ancestors’ indigenous roots add to the richness of our individual contemporary stories. This exhibition is a way for us to connect with our past while celebrating our presence in the present.

“I have always been entranced by the human face and the stories embedded in every laugh line, forehead wrinkle, or scar. The chasm of experience in a person’s eyes holds the ecstasy and angst, the vibrance and exhaustion, and the past, present, and future.” - Rony Armas

cielo by Rony Armas

In this photo series Armas asks his sitters to present a symbol from their family’s indigenous heritage, that symbol is then etched onto a piece of glass and the sitter is posed behind the glass. Through this layering of meaning and imagery and portraiture the artists brings the layers of our humanity into focus. The model contributes their life experience as captured by their eyes, skin, lips, and hair. Their faces are time capsules of all that came before along with their own unique addition for their progeny to add to and learn from.

A Los Angeles native Rony Armas is a self-taught photographer who has pursued art, design, and videography as related fields. Rony began with an interest in documenting the world around him and soon discovered, through the influence of many wonderful people, that his interest could be furthered as an artistic and commercial medium. The need to tell a story or evoke a feeling has been the driving force behind his work and is demonstrated in the diversity of his work from editorial to music to fine art photography. He is inspired by collaborations and admires other artists and their art forms. As a practicing professional, Mr. Armas has worked as an independent contractor in photography for 20 years, in graphic design for 17 years, in art direction for 10 years, and in video for 10 years.

Rony Armas, Our Stories are Ancient
Rony Armas, Our Stories are Ancient
Rony Armas, Our Stories are Ancient
Rony Armas, Our Stories are Ancient