Luis Zamora, “Águila de maíz” / Olneya Fong, “Heroes of the Past”

“Águila de maíz,” Luis Zamora, oil and acrylic on canvas, 2021

Heroes of the Past by Olneya Fong

Luis Zamora is 20 years old and has been diagnosed with autism. His family originates from Mexico, but he was born in the United States. Luis is a Phoenix College alumnus with an Associate in Fine Arts in Art. He’s currently a student at Arizona State University pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing. He loved to draw from a young age and was inspired by one of his former high school art teachers, a muralist who showcases his works to the whole city. Luis has chosen a cross-cultural approach as his primary way of telling stories and spreading awareness. Luis began exhibiting in competitions during his junior and senior years in high school before seriously pursuing art as a career. Since then, he strives to find new ways to connect and communicate through graphite, colored pencils, acrylic paint, oil paint, and all other media in two-dimensional art. Luis’s goal is to be a dynamic interdisciplinary artist who can fluidly move between materials. 

Olneya Fong is a composer, pianist, and violist from Phoenix, Arizona. She creates orchestral compositions using Cubase and aims to produce cinematic-style music. Olneya finds inspiration from John Williams, Two Steps From Hell, Hans Zimmer, and other composers for orchestra. She aspires to have her pieces played by a real orchestra one day and wants to be a film composer as a side job. Outside of music, Olneya enjoys learning chemistry, reading, and hanging out with her younger sister

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