Over the Thanksgiving Break my wife Mariela and I traveled to Mexico to do volunteer work helping the Central American migrant caravan. Here's a photo album documenting our incredible experience there. I just started working on a new painting series dedicated to the caravan migrants. I'll keep you posted.
Honored for being part of La Mar Cebicheria Peruana Ten-Year Anniversary Celebration event last week in SF. I had an art show consisting of nine oil paintings and did a live painting demo. Great food, great music, and great crowd!
The 38 ArtSpan muralists at last week’s mural unveiling and grand opening @ Salesforce Transit Center in downtown San Francisco. (Photo credits: Jeremy Joven)
This weekend, I will be one of the ArtSpa artists painting #murals to cover 10,000+ square feet of storefront windows at #sanfrancisco Salesforce Transit Cente. The project will highlight and support the #localartist community by showcasing our work in this bustling environment that will see 100,000 passengers each weekday! Stay tuned for more info! #publicart #sfart
Extremely happy to share that I have been selected as one of the #sfartists that will create temporary #murals at the new Transbay Transit Center, an intermodal transit station in downtown #sanfrancisco . I will be posting more info soon.
Sketching during the daytime (Santo Toribio Church & Calle Curato )
Night sketch in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.
Admiring Botero’s magnificent #sculptures @ Parque Botero in Medellín, Colombia
Celebrating Ariana Aparicio who is going to Harvard University and is featured in my #mujeresluz #painting series, which honors women of our time that are making the world a better place. Best of luck, Ariana! You are a true inspiration!
What a great honor to have attended “Un río, dos riveras” with Guadalupe Rivera, daughter of the great #mexicanmuralist Diego Rivera. Thank you Brava Theater and Chelitz López for such a great event!
The painting exhibit "Mujeres Luz" & the screening of the award winning documentary "All of Me" were part of the Afrolatinx Festival celebrating Latin American musical traditions rooted in the African diaspora.
Dedicated to the women of our time who are committed to making the world a better place, Mujeres Luz features Las Patronas, DACA recipients, migrants and Afrolatina community organizers.
Extremely honored that the prestigious Collectors Galleries & Le Vernissage in Carmel, California is promoting my work and upcoming "Mujeres Luz" exhibit. Thank you so much for your support Tamara Hovhannisyan , PhD & Tania Chavez . It means a lot to me!
We had a wonderful opening night reception for our "Mujeres Luz" exhibit in March at the Bayview Opera House in celebration of Women's History Month. View the photo album below featuring DACA recipient and Mujer Luz Ariana Aparicio.
Getting ready to pack these three oil paintings that found new lovely homes in Lima and Arequipa, Peru.
An art collector in Walnut Creek California recently shared this photo. Honored to have this very special piece on display in his home. #talaveraballon #seascape #sfartist #thankful
Here are some pictures of my ArtSpan Open Studios event Sat Nov 11 & Sun Nov 12. Thank you so much for joining us. We had a wonderful time and enjoyed having so many of our friends and art enthusiasts visit Talavera-Ballon home studio.
My feature on Univision "El Pintor de las Patronas" has been recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists, Northern California Chapter with the 2017 Excellence in Journalism Award in the ARTS & CULTURE category (TV/video). This award honors outstanding reporting that embodies the Society of Professional Journalist’s ideals of initiative, integrity, talent and compassion. Congratulations Beatriz Ferrari (reporter) and Eduardo Mancera (editor) of KDTV Univision 14 on such amazing work! This is the third award this feature has received this year including a Northern California Emmy (June 2017) and the NAM California Ethnic Media Award for Outstanding Coverage of Arts, Culture & Entertainment (Sep 2017).
For a complete list of 2017 Excellence in Journalism winners, click here to read the Society for Professional Journalists’ press release.
The awards ceremony & dinner will take place place Nov 9, 2017 at the City Club of San Francisco @ 6pm.