Born in Zacatecas, Mexico, Puentes moved to Los Angeles at the age of 17 and although he’d always had an appreciation for art, he never fully understood the benefits of channeling his creativity in this manner until he discovered the Fine Arts Program at LAMP Community.
“I learned here that art is for everybody and I want to share my life experiences through art. It helps me forget about my problems,” he said.
Guided by professional artist Hayk Makhmuryan and various guest instructors, Puentes hopes to expand his portfolio by drawing on popular Mexican cultural themes and his own spiritual interests as well as the world around him.
LAMP Community is a trusted UWGLA partner located in the Skid Row area which provides permanent supportive housing to homeless individuals dealing with mental health and/or substance abuse issues. Its Fine Arts Program is based on the premise that art is inherently therapeutic and offers participants a safe and nurturing environment for self-expression which plays a central role in their recovery and stabilization.
Inspirational works by Ramiro Puentes and other LAMP Community artists can be seen at next month’s “Faces of Homelessness” Art Exhibition. For more information, please click here.
*Photos courtesy of LAMP Community.