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Survivors & Beauty Rebels 4 Ever

by Jennifer Esperanza & Richard Kurtz


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Artists Richard Kurtz & Jennifer Esperanza have been invited to produce & show their work in Brazil. They are thrilled to pursue this invitation by Gallerist Roberta Britto of Såo Paulo for a two month Artist Residency followed by a show of their work. Jennifer & Richard have also been invited to do an art project with children at the Kolibri - Children At Risk Foundation of Såo Paulo. 

Kurtz is known for his artist books and paintings of archetypal beings such as prizefighters, super heroes and seductive women. His work is in the collection of The de Young Museum of San Francisco, The Museum of Everything based in London, the Arkansas Art CenterThe Clinton Foundation, in the personal collection of French Artist Sophie Calle and can be seen on murals in Miami. He is an avid traveler and adventurer. Recently, his work was shown at The Paris Outsider Art Fair by Laura Steward Projects. Laura Steward Projects will be representing Richard at The New York Outsider Art Fair in May of 2014. His work has been written about in THE magazine, Raw Vision, The New York TimesThe Chicago Tribune and on art blogs. Kurtz's book Heart Break, published by Burning Books was a finalist in the Eric Hoffer Book Awards. 

Jennifer Esperanza is a culture, social justice, travel, editorial, fine art, sensual & erotic photographer. She has made portraits of some of the most visionary activists, musicians & artists in contemporary culture including Jane Goodall, Van Jones, Bill McKibben, Eve Ensler, John Trudell, Richie Havens, Agnes Martin, Alice Walker, Tim DeChristopher, Naomi Klein, Michael Franti, Dread Scott, Gloria Steinem & many more. Esperanza was in South India during the Asian Tsunami in 2004. She worked & photographer to tell the story of an epic funeral in a small fishing village while living in a relief camp herself. Jennifer has documented her personal life since she was a girl of eight. Her work has taken the form of poetry, installation art, spoken word, editorial, erotica, and art and social justice photography. Her work has been shown and performed in numerous galleries. She has been published in books, newspapers, magazines and on billboards. Esperanza is well known as an ardent social media

In August of 2013 Richard Kurtz & Jennifer Esperanza ran into each other on the streets of Santa Fe, New Mexico. The second time they ran into each other, almost colliding & causing Jen's hat to fly off her head, they made a plan to meet for coffee. From the day they share their first "bulletproof" coffee at Iconik Coffee House in Santa Fe, they have been together. They are an art team & lovers of beauty & travel.

Since September 2013 Kurtz & Esperanza have traveled & lived in Ojai, CA, Los Angeles, CA, Santa Fe, NM and Miami, now they plan to travel to Brazil for a two month artist residency. They travel with goals & purpose as well as in magic & love. Each trip they take leads to another opportunity to learn, experience and grow closer & to make and share their art through community.

With your support in Richard & Jennifer you will help to empower their artistic vision and their relationship. They are asking for your assistance to raise $4,800 for theirProject Brazil. This is the minimum amount they need to travel to Brazil, acquire materials for their projects, and have money to live on. The gallery will be providing them with studio space, living quarters and gallery space for their exhibition.

They are thankful for your friendship, patronage & time. Esperanza & Kurtz also wish to thank Hatchfund for the invitation to raise money on their platform.

The charts have been read, the invitations sent, the families united - it is time for Richard Kurtz & Jennifer Esperanza to travel to new art realms in love & as a team.

Blessings & Love, Survivors & Beauty Rebels 4 Ever.


xox, Richard Kurtz & Jennifer Esperanza