Jeaneen Carlino

Mexican-American artist Jeaneen Carlino recalls feeling most at ease in her grandmother’s home as a child. The Los Angeles resident pays homage to her distaff familial-cultural roots through nostalgic images made with acrylic and aerosol paints. Latinas are depicted as strong yet gentle creatures, drenched in gorgeous sweeps of color, rendered in detailed motifs. These women—some real, some imaginary—provide Carlino with comfort and inspiration. “Things felt very dark and uncertain when I was coming out of art school,” she confesses. “I paint the women I’d like to mirror in difficult times.” Carlino’s paintings can be seen in Desmadre: Fresh Latino Perspectives in America, a group show where 19 other artists also explore their Hispanic heritage. (Note artists' reception 6-10 p.m. Thurs. May 14.) ERIKA HOBART

May 14-June 6, 4 p.m.-midnight, 2009

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