The Bold Italic – March 12, 2019

Photo by Samantha Shanahan

Owner Yadira Cazares offers an inclusive space showcasing artists of color

“In a terracotta building where Fruitvale Avenue meets the Dimond District in Oakland, Galería Beso Maya sits sandwiched between a barber shop and an upholstery store. Inside this small, eclectic space, which serves as the neighborhood’s only art gallery, each piece of art adorning the walls tells a story — not only of owner Yadira Cazares but also all the countless artists of color who oftentimes may not have had another place to showcase their work.”

Photo by Samantha Shanahan

“There is no form of support system for black and brown artists — or any real networks,” said Cazares, who opened the gallery in 2013. “And if there is, it’s mostly in nonprofit form, where you typically start to accept a lower price. It’s really the economics of racism.”

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