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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – (December 19, 2014) – Colombian artist Edwin Gil and business partner in Charlotte based Café Perfecto will have his art exhibit – Celebrating Colombian Coffee: An Artistic View of ‘Farm to Cup’ Through Upcycling – on display at Joe Van Gogh through January 30.

Gil, a Colombian native who uses discarded and recycled pieces of glass as his medium, created artwork that traces Café Perfecto’s journey from the El Socorro Family Farm where its grown to the coffee cup here in the United States. Thousands of mosaic-like pieces of glass were hand painted to give way to his 4’ X 4’ pieces that celebrate one of Colombia’s finest exports known throughout the world for quality and taste.

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Visual Artist Edwin Gil and Yoga Guru Johnna Smith announce the inaugural Art of Yoga workshop “Tree of Life” Sunday, October 19 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Thrive Yoga Studio 600 Towne Centre Boulevard, Suite 400  Pineville, NC 28134

Join renowned contemporary conceptual artist Edwin Gil and celebrated yoga instructor Johnna Smith as they take you on a body sensory journey complete with yoga, meditation, and art. Participants will learn about personal goal setting in what they call the Tree of Life where body and soul meet color and creativity. Read more


McCrorey Heights Neighborhood Association with the mural #Past2future by Edwin Gil nominate for 2014 Neighborhood Leadership Awards,

The City of Charlotte has long been recognized as a city of success — from our natural assets and quality of life to our diverse economy, historical significance, entrepreneurial spirit and technological accomplishments. However, none of this success would be possible without the people who call this place home.
Charlotte is a diverse network of neighborhoods, a collaboration of residents each lending their culture, ideas, passion and volunteer effort toward bettering our community. To celebrate these achievements, and to learn more about resources available to support these efforts, please join us as we engage, learn and celebrate at the 2014 Neighborhood Leadership Awards. The event will be held 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, September 27 at BB&T Ballpark (Charlotte Knights Stadium).

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Sherwin-Williams (NYSE: SHW) announces its partnership with renowned Latino artists, Edwin Gil and Alexander Mijares, during Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15) as they use Sherwin-Williams colors to complete community art projects in Charlotte, NC and Dallas, TX. Gil, a Colombian native who calls Charlotte home, will use the paint in his international anti-bullying art enterprise, Faces of Diversity. Mijares, a Miami native with Cuban and Spanish roots, will help headline the grand opening of LAB ART Texas on September 18 at 7pm, at 315 Cole Street, Dallas, TX 75207.

Mijares also completed a special collaborative project earlier this month with artist MAR at Taverna by Lombardi using Sherwin-Williams paint.

“Sherwin-Williams’ support of Faces of Diversity is proof positive they believe in the power of color and art to transform our communities,” says Gil. “Sherwin-Williams continually builds up Hispanics and arms them with the tools, in this case color, to affect positive change in schools that ultimately reshape the minds of our children by addressing the dire consequences of bullying.” Read more


 July 28, 2014

Charlotte Pride launches online ‘Face of Pride’ photo contest in collaboration with Arts & Science Council-funded ‘Faces of Diversity’ art project

Artist Edwin Gil will collect 10,000 thumbprints to create ‘Face of Pride’ portrait in interactive art exhibit to be created at annual festival in August
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Faces of Diversity, an international art enterprise that breaks down stereotypes using art, today announced Charlotte Pride will become its latest participant. As part of Charlotte Pride’s community development initiative, Faces of Diversity will be used to encourage respectful dialogue and understanding among the LGBTQ and ally community. An online photo contest is being announced to find the 2014 “Face of Pride,” an individual whose photo will be used to model this latest installation of artist Edwin Gil’s “Faces of Diversity” art project.

“Charlotte Pride is proud to introduce artist Gil’s “Faces of Diversity” interactive art project at the 2014 Charlotte Pride Festival where we will unveil the ‘Face of Pride’ project,” says Craig Hopkins, co- director of Charlotte Pride. Read more

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Despues de retornar a Casa y sentarme a recordar las experiencias vividas el jueves durante el opening de mi exhibición, es imposible no escribir algunas palabras de agradeciemiento para Ustedes.

En Mis obras se ve reflejado como con trozos de vidrio puedes crear la más hermosa obra maestra, construir “Arte” con pedazos de diferentes tamaños, formas, y colores es el reflejo exacto de la vida; La vida está llena de situaciones diferentes, algunas más brillantes que otras, tonos claros y oscuros vemos a diarios con nuestras experiencias vividas, momentos que Al final hacen parte de una obra maestra “nuestra vida”.  hoy, estoy seguro que el opening fue un trozo de brillo para mi obra:  brillo,  porque en mi vida resaltará por  siempre lo grato de compartir con ustedes y celebrar el arte upcycling. Read more

Yuliana Gil

Cuando tienes Hermanos, sabes que tienes un apoyo, un ejemplo, tienes compañia. “familia” es la palabra que encierra el sentimiento completo de las personas que siempre estaran en tu vida, pero, algunas veces tienes hermanos que aunque sabes estan alli, no Los conoces lo sufienciente. Hoy a Mi edad apenas tengo el honor de decir que conozco a mi Hermano, si HONOR Por que cuando lo conoces sabes que hay personas tan buenas, ejemplares y emprendedoras como uno no Cree encontrar en la vida….. no hay palabras que logren expresar lo que en este momento siento, orgullo, Felicidad, admiracion son solo el resumen de lo que estoy sintiendo. Edwin Gil. gracias Por permitirme conocerte Por permitirme aprender de ti y ver quien realmente eres. Te admiro demasiado y este es el resultado de ese esfuerzo insaciable que he Visto en ti desde el momento en que llegue aqui. Te amo con mi alma entera ….. gracias Hermano. Gracias Por enseñarme tanto. ”

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – (JUNE 17, 2014) – Café Perfecto, a single origin, Direct Trade Colombian coffee company, today announced it will partner with the Colombian Consulate of New York to sponsor artist Edwin Gil’s latest Upcycling exhibit Celebrating Colombian Coffee: An Artistic View of ‘Farm to Cup’ Through Upcycling. The opening will take place on Thursday, July 17 in advance of Colombia’s Independence Day from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Colombian Consulate of New York, 10 E 46th Street, New York, NY 10176. Gil, a Colombian native who uses discarded and recycled pieces of glass as his medium, will create pieces that trace Café Perfecto’s journey from the El Socorro Family Farm where its grown to the coffee cup here in the United States. Thousands of mosaic-like pieces of glass are hand painted, which will give way to 10 4’ X 4’ pieces that will hang in the Consulate through July 30.

“Colombia’s Independence Day is on July 20, so what better way to commemorate this upcoming special occasion than celebrating one of our finest exports that’s known throughout the world for its quality and taste,” says Mauricio Villegas, Gallery Coordinator, Colombian Consulate of New York City. “Colombia is one of the top three coffee producing countries in the world, while the United States is the largest coffee consumer. It was a natural partnership to collaborate on this art exhibit because our two countries have such close ties when it comes to coffee.”

“Upcycling is the process of reusing discarded objects in such a way as to create a product of a higher quality or value than the original,” says artist Edwin Gil. “The marriage of Upcycled art and coffee was seamless for me since both are very near and dear to my heart. I remember drinking my first cup of coffee when I was just a boy and believe this artistic expression that’s distinctly Colombian opened the doors to other creative outlets like working with my hands and ultimately becoming an artist.”

“When we started Café Perfecto just last year, we knew that community involvement and good corporate citizenship were part and parcel to what we wanted to be,” says Café Perfecto, Partner & CMO. “By co-sponsoring this event, we were able to combine two of our loves – art and coffee – all while creating a fun event that honors the people of Colombia who work tirelessly to bring extraordinary tasting coffee to all of us here stateside.”

Light hors d’oeuvres and a signature Café Perfecto espresso martini will be served as part of the evening’s event. Speakers from the Colombian Consulate, Café Perfecto and Edwin Gil will give a brief overview of this collaborative effort.



Edwin Hernandez - Nations Ford Elementary - Faces of Diversity
December 19, 2013
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Little Boy’s Courage During Adversity Sets Tone For Amazing Art Piece


CHARLOTTE, N.C. – (December 19, 2013) – Faces of Diversity, an international art enterprise that breaks down stereotypes using art, today announced Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools’ (CMS) Nations Ford Elementary School will become the latest school to receive a Faces of Diversity by artist Edwin Gil. As part of the CMS’ Making It Better character development initiative, Faces of Diversity uses experiential art activities to encourage respectful dialogue and understanding among students, staff, and the community. Gil collected more than 700 Nations Ford Elementary School student thumbprints during the week of December 16 and created a giant 8′ X 8′ face, which will be unveiled on December 20, 2013 at Nations Ford Elementary School, 8300 Nations Ford Road, Charlotte, NC 28217 at 10:00 a.m.

“We are honored to be a part of such an amazing project that addresses bullying in our schools,” says Omar Jorge, Partner at Compare Foods Supermarkets and Faces of Diversity Corporate Sponsor. “Nations Ford Elementary is a very diverse school, so initiatives like Faces of Diversity are crucial in promoting inclusion, acceptance and respect among students.”

“Faces of Diversity continues to build student confidence as it helps to ensure all students are valued regardless of their station in life,” says Brian Cockman, President of Rooster Communications and Faces of Diversity Co-Creator. “Partnering with the CMS’ Making It Better initiative was a natural fit since both programs seek to unite students and the communities in which they live.”

Edwin Hernandez was selected as Nations Ford Elementary’s face in the Faces of Diversity program. Hernandez was chosen to represent the school as result of his work ethic, perseverance, respect for his fellow students, and courage amidst a serious medical condition. He has overcome many obstacles in his life and is a first generation U.S. citizen of Mexican decent. Hernandez confronts these medical challenges head on and never makes excuses. He treats all students equally, does not ask for special treatment, and does so because he believes it is the right thing to do. His actions and maturity make him an excellent role model for all Nations Ford students.

The CMS Making It Better Initiative works with Faces of Diversity to tell the stories of 10 students within the district who stood for a cause.  The entire student body gets involved, hearing Edwin Gil’s own story, while becoming an integral part of the art piece with their thumbprint.

Most recently, Faces of Diversity has worked with Harding University High School in Mecklenburg County and Iredell-Statesville Schools’ Statesville High in addition to Union County Public Schools. Its international reach extends to Medellin, Colombia in which a team of volunteers worked with pre-school children and their families. For more information on Faces of Diversity,


About Nations Ford Elementary School: Nations Ford Elementary School offers a positive and nurturing environment that provides meaningful opportunities for overcoming adversity and developing students’ strengths that produces leadership,responsibility, and academic success.


About Faces of Diversity: Faces of Diversity helps promote diversity and multicultural awareness through hands on art activities and thoughtful conversation. It reaffirms a sense of unity and connection among diverse groups by demonstrating how our differences should be respected and celebrated. Contemporary, conceptual artist, Edwin Gil, shares his personal story of triumph over tragedy, leads workshops, and creates a large 8′ X 8′ piece of artwork using participant thumbprints. The ‘face of diversity’ is gifted to each participating organization and serves as a reminder that our collective strength comes from our individual talents and unique personalities.

Press Release #Past2Future
OCTOBER 22, 2013
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Brian Cockman
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Glass Mural at Oaklawn Language Academy Becomes Gil’s Latest Upcycling Piece
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (OCTOBER 22, 2013) – Contemporary, conceptual artist, Edwin Gil, will unveil his Honoring the Past to Build the Future, on Saturday, November 2 at Oaklawn Language Academy, 1810 Oaklawn Avenue Charlotte,NC 28216 from 10am to 1pm. This community collaboration, made possible through City of Charlotte’s Neighborhood Matching Grant, is Gil’s latest piece in his Upcycling series that uses recycled glass. Honoring the Past to Build the Future is a 48’ X 4’ mural at the corner of Mulberry and Oaklawn Avenue. It is Gil’s interpretation of the historical significance of the McCrorey Heights and Oaklawn Park communities and their relationship with the school.
“Oaklawn Language Academy has served as a magnet school option for McCrorey Heights and Oaklawn Park, as well as a community meeting place and a resource for families,” says Carmen Concepcion, Principal, Oaklawn Language Academy.  “We are excited that this beautification project has built upon the strong community relations that have been a hallmark of this area. This mural will stand as a beautiful testament to that history.”
“I am thrilled to be a part of such a meaningful project,” says artist Edwin Gil.  “This neighborhood has such a rich and interesting history and I am honored to be able to tell its story through art. It is my hope that future generations will be able to look at this mural and have an appreciation and understanding for the neighborhoods’ past and vibrant future.”
“This project has created tremendous grassroots connections throughout the community,” says Beth Poovey, Senior Associate, LandDesign. “It has been wonderful to see so many different people and organizations work together to improve the neighborhood and make this mural a standing testament of the strength and resilience of these communities.”
The mural’s unveiling will take place promptly at 11:30 a.m.
Special thanks to these community partners: Charlotte Neighborhood and Business Services, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, Icon Masonry, LandDesign, Lucas Concrete, McCrorey Heights Neighborhood Association, Oaklawn Park Improvement District, and Pavestone.
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About Edwin Gil: Born December 11, 1971 in Itagui, Colombia, Edwin Gil is a contemporary conceptual artist best known for his vibrant colors and proprietary paint technique used to achieve depth and movement in his works. Gil combines his post-graduate studies in Psychology, as well as knowledge gained by working with great Colombian artistic masters like Hector Favio Castaño and Jorge Botero Lujan, to find meaning in the ordinary. In doing so, he has developed three fundamentals for painting – for fun, for love, for life – that can be seen throughout his work. After moving to the U.S. in 2000 and a short stint in Miami, Gil established himself in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he became the principal focus of Hispanic art.
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