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    Zarco Guerrero

    Actor - Composer - Director - Musician - Poet - Singer - Visual Artist

    About the artist: Zarco Guerrero has been a force in the Arizona art scene since the early seventies, as a multimedia artist and community arts advocate. He has participated in the Artist in Education program of the Arizona Arts Commission and has conducted many workshops throughout the U.S. The artist has had one-man shows in Mexico and throughout the United States. He is the founder of Xicanindio Artes, Inc. and Phoenix's Cultural Coalition, Inc. In 1984, PBS broadcasted a one hour documentary about his art entitled “The Mask of El Zarco”. In 1986 he was awarded the prestigious Japan Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and spent one year in Kyoto, Japan. From Japan, the artist investigated mask carving in Bali, Indonesia and China. In 1990, Zarco was awarded the Arizona Commission on the Arts Artist Project Grant to pursue his mask carving in Mexico. He was the mask maker for “La Mascarada la Vida,” a play by Childsplay, Inc. in which he also played the lead male and co-composed the musical score. This play was featured at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. In 1991 The Institute for Studies in the Arts at Arizona State University and its dance department performed “A Song for the Forest People,” a dance/opera written by Zarco in which over 30 of his masks were featured. In 1993 he received the Governor’s Arts Award for his artistic contributions to the community and he was also the recipient of the prestigious 1994 Scottsdale Arts Council’s Chairman’s Artist Award. Zarco completed in 1998 an over life size bronze sculpture of Farm worker Leader César Chávez for the City of Phoenix, located at 35th Ave and Baseline. “Face to Face in a Frenzy” is a one man play by Zarco in which masks are extensively used, has been performed both locally and nationally at theaters, schools, conferences and community audiences. Zarco regularly portrays El Diablo as the lead role in “La Pastorela” , a contemporary interpretation of the traditional Mexican drama. He will be impersonating Ted De Grazia in the upcoming play "The Impossible Eccentric" at the Kerr Cultural Center.


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