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Yomo Toro King of the Cuatro


I am a visual artist whose commitment to raising awareness with my innovative and artistic technique perseveres every day. Since 1990 my creativity and skills has allowed me to improve social and environmental importance that have impacted communities today. I’ve created murals that have been recognized in well known publications. My work has also been presented in Columbia University, The New Museum of Contemporary Art and El Museo del Barrio to name a few. I provide my clients with cutting edge ideas that help set trends and deliver positive results. My mission is to showcase uplifting and meaningful designs through photography, graphic design and typography, while striving to inspire the human spirit. For more information on my work please visit www.oriosdesigns.com or e-mail info@oriosdesigns.com.


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A Tribute to Yomo

Toro, King of the Cuatro

A three Kings Day dance & octavitas concert.

Friday, January 11, 2013 Join Denise & Minnie Toro in a special Latino holiday dance celebrating the diverse music — from parranda to salsa to jazz — of the Fania All-Star’s funky jibaro. Bring your instruments and join the parranda before the show. Featuring:

Aurora & Zon del Barrio Orchestra with Jorge Maldonado on vocals with invited guests: Larry Harlow, el Judio Maravilloso: piano & dir. for the “Quitate Tu Medley” Eddy Zervigon, Flutist & bandleader of Orq. Broadway celebrating 50 years in music Alfredo “Chocolate” Armenteros, trumpet; Alfredo de la Fe, violin; Reinaldo Jorge, trombone David Gonzalez, guitarrist/playwrite of “Sofrito.”; Dancers from Danza Fiesta for the Carnaval... This event will be televised over HITN, Hispanic Information & Telecommunications Network

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268 West 47th Street, New York, NY 10036 Music By: Dj Elmer G and DJ Lucho Sponsored by Goya Foods, Inc.


A Tribute to a King. In honor of Yomo Toro, I had the privilege of presenting to Denise Toro, a portrait of her father floating over the beach of Rincon, Puerto Rico and playing his cuatro. The event was held at the world famous Copacabana. The tribute, directed by Aurora Flores and Zon del Barrio, also included guest performers, politicians and salsa legends. Goya Foods sponsored the historic night delighted with the enormous amount of salseros that participated in the Parranda. The festivities were lead by Zon del Barrio and the famous folkloric group Danza Fiesta. As the crowd danced the night away, we were grateful to share the stage with legendary musicians Larry Harlow, Alfredo de la Fe, Alfredo “Chocolate� Armenteros, and Reinaldo Jorge. It was truly a night to remember.


On October 11th, 2012 Oliver Rios and AIG Latino Network ERG honored Jacqueline Lopez for Hispanic Heritage Month, with a photography exhibit showcasing her triumphant victory against breast cancer. The photos depicted joyous occasions of Miss Lopezs support team, her family. Jackie was very grateful to be recognized with such a meaningful event. Attendees were the members of the Lopez family, AIG Latino Network ERG, Peggy Morales (District Leader 68th AD Part B, State Committee Woman 68th AD), Aurora Flores, (Zon Del Barrio), Yesenia Morillo-Gual (President & Founder, Proud To Be Latina), Photographer Carmen Rubio, Elizabeth Zapata, (Scholastic) and Andre Rivera (Social Empire NYC).

I would like to thank Orios Designs for a great exhibit. By all accounts it was a success. Besides the personal conversations I had with attendees, I over heard several more conversations regarding how Breast Cancer has touched people’s lives. Your experience and professionalism were integral in making this collaborative effort a success. We look forward to working with you on future projects. Gratefully, Julio C Gómez Co-Chairman, AIG Latino Network


Love , Life and Legacy

A photography exhibit of one Latinas journey through Breast Cancer. 2012

Top: Jackie Lopez. Left - Right: Sylvana Lai, Angel Lopez, Alexa Albert and Carol Rios.

In 2011 a mammogram result changed Jackie Lopez’s life.... She was diagnosed with Breast Cancer, had a Bilateral Mastectomy in October of 2011, and radiation. All of these steps were sad, difficult, and uncertain, but because of her families love and support the journey was made easier, especially with the help of her daughter Carol. Carol has over 15 years of serving the community and assisting patients at the John Theurer Cancer Center.”What a beautiful blessing for a mother to have”. Says Jackie, “Latin women are guerreras (warriors) from beginning to the end, look at your grandmother, mother, sister, cousin, aunt, friends, and especially your daughters”


Love , Life and Legacy

A photography exhibit of one Latinas journey through Breast Cancer. 2012

Jacqueline Lopez born Jacqueline Canales to Osvaldo Gustavo Canales and Irma Yolanda Valencia in Valparaiso, Chile 1957. At the age of 9 her father was tragically killed in a car crash and her mother had to work very hard to support them both. Irma sent Jackie to the best school she could afford, a catholic boarding school run by nuns. The summer she turned 15, Jacqueline traveled to visit her mother who was in the United States for a few months working in a factory. It was that year that she met Angel Lopez , a young man from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Jackie and Angel married and started a family. Although Irma wanted Jackie to continue her education, Jackie was in love and was determined to make the marriage work. Jackie and Angel had four children, Carol, Angel, Alexa and Sylvana. It was a struggle during a bad economy to make it, but that did not stop them, it motivated them. Jackie learned to speak, read and write english and obtained her GED. She lovingly stayed at home to raise her children and Angel worked in Auto body Repair with a third grade education. Jackie obtained her Real Estate license and received the “Rookie of the year” award for most sales. They had accomplished the american dream. They owned their home and their cars. They both had respectable employment. All of the children attended the best schools they could afford. Angel and Jackie encouraged their children to seek advancement through education and taught them to be respectful to themselves and to others. Their oldest daughter, Carol Rios RN, BSN, OCN, CBPN-IC, CBCN is an Oncology Nurse Navigator for patients with Breast Cancer. She was recognized as one of El Diario La Prensa’s 2012 Mujeres Destacadas (Distinguished Woman) for her work in oncology. She is currently enrolled in the nurse practitioner program at UMDNJ and is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society . She is married to Oliver Rios who is of Puerto Rican descent, and has three children Alyson, Gabriel and Isabella, 16, 4 and 3 years old. Their son, Angel Lopez, is a Navy combat veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom for the United States Navy and most recently a graduate of the Belleville Fire Academy. He was awarded the Merit award by his peers in his graduating class, an honorable recognition of his loyalty and commitment to teamwork. He realized his dream of becoming a firefighter. He is married to Riah, who is Trinidadian and has three beautiful children, Emilee, 17, Raquel, 4, and Ravi 2. Their daughter, Alexa Albert earned her Bachelors degree from Ramapo College and worked for the ARC of NJ prior to getting married and starting her family with Juan Albert, who’s roots are from Colombia and Puerto Rico. She’s dedicated to raising her two sweet boys, Diego, 6 and Javi, 4. Sylvana Lai, RN, BSN, CRN, Their youngest daughter, works with couples facing infertility and supports them through the process. She has taken some courses towards her MBA. She is married to Dave Lai who is also an RN has roots from Ireland and China. They are proud parents of their son Shane, 2. Angel and Jackie are both very proud of all of their children’s achievements. Jackie is the root and her children and grandchildren are the branches.

Latin women are guerreras (warriors) from beginning to the end, look at your grandmother, mother, sister, cousin, aunt, friends, and especially your daughters.


La Bruja Project See What I Mean at El Taller Boricua.

2011

The La Bruja Project is a series of artistic portraits designed by Oliver Rios, based on and inspired by the poetic works of La Bruja. Each artistic masterpiece is a perfect union of both visual and lyrical imagery, leaving an indelible mark in the contemporary Latino American culture. Bringing together visual artists and Nuyorican poets, the exhibition explores the elastic nature of verbal and visual language. Relationships between how we see and the way we describe the world around us are malleable and intrinsically connected. Within this discourse, the ongoing contributions and legacy of the Nuyorican poets offer important insight. (Re)inventors of the vernacular, they continually encompass other art mediums and expand the boundaries between that which is seen, said and experienced in culture. Together with visual artists whose work also exists in a realm between expression and perception, the exhibition fosters an expansive dialogue on familiar socio-political realities and constructs of everyday life such as: identity, economics, interpersonal relationships, public media and government practices. Incorporating sound, installation, video, drawing, collage, found objects as well as digital and traditional print making, “See What I Mean� offers a look beyond the surface of words and images to reveal deeper understandings.


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Graffolution The evolution of graffiti and street art.

2010

Curators Mike McManus and Frankie Valez teamed up to show us what graffolution means to them. The evaluation of graffiti and street art was most definitely displayed at the Soapstone gallery. Orios Designs was honored to display his 2000tree piece along side some really cool artist. This show was packed all night with art lovers admiring works from over 40 artist.


Graffolution – Press


White Train Launch Party

2010

The White Train is a lifestyle website, which offers artists with similar style and taste the opportunity to showcase their work, and sell their products, as part of a larger movement of trailblazing creative’s striving to be at the forefront of artistic expression. Orios Designs was invited to display pieces from The Magic Garden exhibit. Along side with other artist, the night was filled with positive energy and plenty of networking.


Raices Exhibit Earth Day 2010

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In Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day, Oliver Rios put together an exciting display of work. Creating awareness on the importance of gardens in urban communities and also to motivate residents in supporting those gardens that are still in existence was the focus of the exhibit. Oliver was able to successfully show his work and celebrate Earth Day with the attendees throughout the evening. Guest on hand were Dos Con Flow, Frankie Velez, Domingo Ramos, the members of White Train, Mara Gittleman from CENYC (The Council on the Environment of New York City), the Staff at Casanova Pendrill, Brian Phillips of Prudential, Peggy Morales State Community Woman 68 and many others. Thanks to Jessica Ramos, founder of Keen Entertainment Group and Edgar Marrera who photographed the event. A special thanks to our sponsors NYCCGC, Letsgogreen.biz, GreenMaps, Arts Alliance, TY KU and Latin Kitchen for sponsoring our event.

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Raices Exhibit Hispanic Heritage

Volume 4

To celebrate and close out Hispanic Heritage Month, Orios Designs honored, Caridad De la Luz (La Bruja), and Erik Mayor (Milk Burger) for there positive contribution to the Urban Community. Raices 4.0 exhibited photos of El Barrio to recognize it’s beautiful and diverse neighborhood. Guest on hand were Carlos Ramos Jr. (New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson), Robert Rodriguez (Chair, Community Board 11), the Staff at Casanova Pendrill, Leopold Vasquez (Sound of Art), Monique Garcia (Euro RSCG) and the staff of El Museo del Barrio. The Young Survival Coalition also supported by donating brochures for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month.

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Raices Exhibit Hispanic Heritage

Volume 3

In this third installment of Raices, Oliver Rios and Rafael Jimenez highlighted the culture of music from both an island and urban perspective, at the Pomegranate Gallery in Soho. Fiesta de Vino and Moet & Chandon elegantly displayed the true meaning of excellence by encouraging artists and entertaining their guest.

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raices 3.0

In this third installment of Raices, Oliver Rios and Rafael Jimenez highlighted the culture of music from both an island and urban perspective, at the Pomegranate Gallery in Soho. Fiesta de Vino and Moet & Chandon elegantly displayed the true meaning of excellence by encouraging artists and entertaining their guest.

©2008 Orios Designs

“Props to Oliver, Raices 3.0 and Fiesta de Vino for affording us the opportunity to showcase our art and our culture. I can’t wait to see what Raices 4.0 will bring!!!” Rafael Jimenez

Fiesta de vino is the first Latin exclusive wine club dedicated to educating on fine wines and how to pare them with traditional Latin dishes. Enjoy the exquisite blends of international wines of Fiesta De Vino. Join today at www.fiestadevino.com


Raices Exhibit Hispanic Heritage

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On June 9th 2007 Raices 2.0 jumped off with plenty of art, music and excitement. Oliver Rios showcased 16 of his original digital photography/ graphic design prints at the Julia del Burgos Cultural Center. Joe Cruz of Taino Entertainment sponsored and coordinated this event. Among the 1000 guests that showed up were Jimmy Bosh, Dansa Fiesta, Michael Diaz, James the Barber, Robert Rodriguez, Chairperson of Community Board 11, and Peggy Morales State Community Woman 68 AD. There were great performances by Zon del Barrio, Boys Del Barrio, and many others. The event was sponsored by: Johnnie Walker Black Label Jose Cuervo, Hennessy VSOP, Belvedere, 10 Cane Marti Mojito, Smirnoff, Don Julio and Moet. Proceeds of the event were donated to benefit kids with asthma of Metropolitan Hospital. The event was a total success!


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Borinquen Vive en el Barrio (Borin Lives in the Barrio) St Mary’s Park

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Julia de Burgos Cultural Center 1680 Lexington Avenue East Harlem/El Barrio Manjátan

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Borinquen Vive en el Barrio (Borin Lives in the Barrio) St Mary’s Park

Heritage Sunday feat. Ologunde, B Vodou Drums, Kotchenga Dance Company Damrosch Park

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Awareness International AIDS Vaccine Initiative


Awareness Paint It Pink Breast Cancer Awareness

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2007 & 2008

Orios Designs was proud to be a part of Paint it Pink this year. Thanks to Loris Crawford of Art off the Main and Khadijah “Vibes” Carter of Paint it Pink. This gala contained cocktails and hors d’oeuvres that serves amidst some of the finest works of art being produced by artists of African, Caribbean and Latin American ancestry was a wonderful experience. The event was held at the famous Puck Building in Soho. The night was hosted by on air personality and writer Raqiyah Mays of Hot 97 and 98.7 Kiss FM. There was live entertainment by advocate and breast cancer survivor Khadijah “Vibes” Carter. Exquisite art was being sold by artists. Curators, professionals and other art lovers were mingling and helping to raise funds for breast cancer awareness and advocacy. The night was inspirational to say the least. Unfortunately, we all know someone affected by breast cancer but that only encourages us to do something to support the cause. Orios Designs was proud to contribute a piece titled “Survivors” that was auctioned off, with some of the proceeds going to The Young Survival Coalition – The Young Survival Coalition (YSC) is the only international, non-profit network of breast cancer survivors and supporters dedicated to the concerns and issues that are unique to young women of color and breast cancer. (www.youngsurvival.org). C. Rios

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“It was an honor to be participate in such an important cause and we look forward to being involved in future events.” -O.Rios


Exhibits in the 90’s

Testimonio - New Museum of Contemporary Art, 1993

Guide to the Petra Allende Papers My first show was along side the legendary Doña Petra Allende. It was an honor to work with her on the Testimonio exhibit.

Archives of the Puerto Rican Diaspora Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños Hunter College, CUNY 695 Park Avenue New York, New York 10065 (212) 772-5151 / 4197 www.centropr.org


Exhibits in the 90’s Casitas: Gardens of Reclamation. El Museo del Barrio, 1998 The Magic Garden was created by my mother in 1990. Mom and I displayed our work at the Casitas exhibit. What a great Show!

The Magic Garden - El Museo del Barrio archicves. Mural by Oliver Rios, Photo by Ejlat Feuer -1997

Casitas - Oliver Rios 1998, Museo del Barrio

Garden Design Magazine,1999

Gardens Under Seige - El Diarrio La Prensa


Memorial Murals in the 90’s

RIP Raze - Oliver Rios, 1992 - Photo By Martha Cooper

The Legend Lives On! TEE - Oliver Rios, 1992. Photo By Martha Cooper

RIP Chino Chan- Oliver Rios, 1995

In Memory of Che- Oliver Rios, 1990

R.I.P Memeorial Wall Art - Martha Cooper and Joseph Sciorra, 1994

Murales Populares en El Barrio - El Vocero,1994

I am blessed to have some of my murals documented in books, newspapers and magazines. -ORios 1994 Harlem On The Verge - Alice Attite, 2003


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