Christian Cortes Selected to Design Latin Music-Inspired Murals in NY, Miami and LA -- September 20, 2007 -- Colombian artist, Christian Cortes from Queens, New York was declared the winner of the Heineken Murals Search 2007, the nation's premier beer importer announced today. In August, Heineken USA launched a local search to identify a skilled Latino artist for its national murals project themed, "Inspirado por la Música Latina," where Hispanic artists were invited to submit a unique piece of artwork capturing the energetic and inspirational rhythm and legends of Latin music.
The contest culminated in a private event and exhibition last night at the cultural epicenter, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, an affiliate of The Museum of Modern Art. During this private event, more than 30 local finalists had the opportunity to showcase their talent to leaders in the Hispanic Arts and local communities. The highlight of the evening was the announcement of Christian Cortes as the winner of the Heineken Murals Search 2007, "Inspirado por la Musica Latina."
"I feel honored that Heineken has chosen me to design their Latin-Music inspired murals" said Cortes. "I hope my interpretation of the theme can represent the richness of our Latin culture and leave a lasting impression on our local neighborhoods. Latin music has always motivated me to paint and I hope my paintings might motivate the communities in New York, Los Angeles and Miami."