Selenas Mountain is pleased to present a collaboration with Rulay Magazine in an off-site exhibition titled Junta De Vecinxs. Featuring the works of Juan Arango Palacios and Ricardo Partida, this exhibition unveils a range of mediums through the scope of eleven artists in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Translating to Neighborhood Meeting, Junta De Vecinxs brings together the work of Eliazar Ortiz, Tiempo De Zafra, Sandra Blow, Digno Roa, Quiara Elaine Torres, Elvin Tavarez, Patricia Encarnacion, Andrew Adames, Juan Arango Palacios, Ricardo Partida, and Yelaine Rodriguez.

Ricardo Partida (b. 1990, Mexico City, Mexico) received an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Illinois in 2020 and a BFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas- Rio Grande Valley in 2017. Solo and two-person exhibitions of Partida’s work include: Pasiva Toxica at New Image Art Gallery in West Hollywood, California (2022), Death of a Hero, Rise of a Champion at Deli Gallery in New York City (2021); Final Fantasy at Julius Cesar Gallery in Chicago, Illinois (2020); and Evil and Shivering, curated by Caleb Beck at Baby Blue Gallery in Chicago, Illinois (2020).

Group exhibitions and art fairs that have shown Partida’s work include: 1969 Gallery in New York City; New Image Art Gallery in Los Angeles, California; Steven Zevitas Gallery in Boston, Massachusetts; Western Exhibitions in Chicago, Illinois; the Elmhurst Art Museum in Elmhurst, Illinois; Monti8 Gallery in Latina, Italy; and NADA House on Governors Island with Baby Blue Gallery in New York City. Partida lives and works in Chicago, Illinois.

Juan Arango Palacios (b. 1997, Pereira, Colombia) is an artist whose vibrant visual narratives build a world of sanctuary and celebration. Highlighting the experience of marginalized communities, the artist’s works are centered on uplifting the queer experience - while also exploring the artist’s experiences growing up in a post-colonial context in Colombia and the United States. Raised in a traditional Catholic community in Colombia, a series of migrations brought Arango Palacios and their family to the American South in search of a better life. Moving through Louisiana and Texas, their sense of identity and belonging began to be skewed by their lack of knowledge of the English language, their unfamiliarity with American culture, and their internal struggle with a queer identity.

Arango Palacios graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2020 and has developed an interdisciplinary artistic practice exploring drawing, painting, textile-making, and ceramic sculpture. Arango Palacios’ work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions at Gaa Gallery, New York, NY; Spinello Projects, Miami, FL; Selenas Mountain, Queens, NY; and New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA. They have participated in artist residencies at The Macedonia Institute in Chatham, NY; the Bed Stuy Art Residency in Brooklyn, NY; and the Yale Norfolk Summer School of Art Residency at Yale University in Norfolk, CT. Arango Palacios lives and works in Chicago, IL.