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Bedwetting and Accidents Aren't Your Fault, Why potty accidents happen and how to make them Stop, By Steven Rogers with Suzanne Schlosberg, illustrated by Cristina Acosta

Illustrating Children’s Books

Hispanic Childrens Book illustrated by Latina artist Cristina Acosta“Acosta illustrates the tale with swirling, thick-lined tropical scenes in which form takes second place to vibrant, emphatic color.  The eye-catching visuals. . . and the author’s natural-sounding language. . . make the tale a promising candidate for reading aloud.”
Booklist, October 1998

Growing up the oldest child in a family of seven children, books were my salvation. I could open a book and shut out the rest of the world. Reading was not only my way to lose myself, it led me to find myself.
As a very young child I remember  staring at the images in books, imagining myself in those worlds. As I grew up, I continually read to my younger siblings, often memorizing entire books, especially my favorite Dr. Seuss titles. I feel such gratitude to the artists and writers that crafted the beautiful and expansive words and pictures that were those books. They led me to my life as an artist and writer.

Illustrating books was on my life list, and something that I enjoy doing.

When I became a  mother, it was important to me to contribute to a book that would influence my daughter’s life. Susan Strauss wrote When Woman Became the Sea, a Hispanic creation story (based on myths from the indigenous people of Costa Rica), and I illustrated it. When I read my dedication of  that book to my daughter I feel gratitude and pride to be a member of the group of authors and illustrators that have so positively influenced generations of children.

See my art book Paint Happy! (North Light Books ©2002, 2004) for examples of my art and instruction concepts.

Paint Happy, art instructional how to paint book by artist Cristina Acosta, ©2002, 2004, North  Light Books
Paint Happy, art instructional how to paint book by artist Cristina Acosta, ©2002, 2004, North Light Books

To explore writing and/or illustrating your own Children’s literature check out the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators SCBWI.

When Woman Became the Sea (Beyond Words Publishing, Hillsboro, OR©1998) is out of print. You may be able to find a used copy on Amazon.

Latin American Herald Tribune Features My Exhibit – Reshaping the Divine

Exhibit – Reshaping the Divine

Thank you to the Latin American Herald Tribune, for the interview and feature of my art exhibit, Reshaping the Divine – Contemporary Hispanic Retablos Exploring the Divine Feminine, on exhibit at the El Museo Cultural in Santa Fe, New Mexico for the Summer 2009.

I am very appreciative that my work is getting such positive attention. I’ve included an excerpt. You can READ MORE here.

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Chicana Artist Explores Heritage Through Retablo Paintings

By Lydia Gil

SANTA FE, New Mexico – Chicana artist Cristina Acosta has turned to sacred art as a means of exploring her religious and cultural heritage, incorporating aspects of her life, beliefs and family history into Madonna retablos.

“The tradition of the retablo (devotional image) reflects both the past and the present,” said the artist, whose works are now on display as part of an exhibit of contemporary retablos at this southwestern U.S. city’s El Museo Cultural.

The word “retablo” in Spanish dates back to the Renaissance and Baroque era and was used to refer to large screens that were placed behind altars in churches and were decorated with paintings, carvings, and sculptures.

These large altar screens then became prevalent in colonial Latin America as well, and by the 19th century oil-on-tin retablo paintings of Christ, the Virgin, and saints were commonly produced by amateur artists for devotional use in the home.

However, in parts of the southwestern United States, such as New Mexico and Colorado, retablos passed beyond the realm of sacred art into that of folklore.

Acosta said there are two types of retablos, one belonging to the tradition of Catholic saints and the other to that of “ex-votos,” or offerings of gratitude.

She says the first group is similar to the concept of icon painting in Byzantine art, in which the figures of saints or the Holy Family are painted in accordance with strict liturgical rules that define how the main figure should be portrayed.

“The counterpoint to that tradition is the ex-voto retablo, for which there are no rules but rather (the artist) creates a personal vision to give thanks for a blessing (received) or when a petition was heard,” she said.

It is within this folk tradition that her art is rooted.

Acosta said her retablos have served as a medium for meditating on her family heritage, her Latino identity and her role as a woman and an artist.

“My retablos are strictly related to my life, my Latina-Chicana cultural heritage in the southwestern U.S. and my personal opinions and life experiences,” she said.

Acosta, who now lives in Oregon, grew up in a Catholic family – the daughter of an Anglo-American mother and a Mexican-American father – in southern California. . . . READ MORE

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The article was picked up by the international service, so you may find it in Latin America and Spain as well.

Here it is in English translation: