Arts & Vendors: CumbiaSazo Sept 26

Zeke Peña

Zeke Peña

Zeke Peña was born in Las Cruces, New Mexico and was raised in the border city of El Paso, Tejas.

He has exhibited in museums, galleries and non-traditional spaces along the border in both the U.S. and Mexico and works as a freelance painter, designer and curator from his studio in downtown El Paso. His work explores ritual and survival through allegorical and symbolic storytelling and he also makes work using photo/videography, painting, drawing, woodworking and site-specific installation. His visual narratives focus on the people of his community and portray the unique, often strange experience of life in the border desert. His visual sensibility is a hybrid of indigenous, border rasquache, and comic book iconography.

Zeke’s work is based on the idea that visual experience can heal and enlighten: a visual medicine. He hopes that through visual experience the viewer is reconnected to communal emotion and spirit and believes this “re-communion” is itself a radical subversive event that directly affects identity and community.


Veronica Martinez chicago

Veronica Martinez

Veronica Martinez is a Chicago based artist exploring the idea of identity and story telling through painting. Using mixed media ranging from traditional acrylic and oil to most recently spray paint- Veronica’s work has explored blemishes found within city life, such as scratches and graffiti marks and has incorporated them within her portraiture.
Veronica has exhibited in Chicago, Italy, and Mexico through the art collective Pintoras Mexicanas and is currently a student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


Michelle West Chicago

Michelle West

Michelle West is an Illustrator, painter and Designer who’s focus of work is based upon the female form, psychology, and graffiti. Michelle has been featured in other art shows at the Silver Room, and at Sir and Madame in Chicago.



Tarot by Laura

Laura is a natural psychic and tarotologyst and also enjoys consulting Spanish cards and various oracles. Born in Mexico City, she is very familiar with Mexican folk magick and pagan practices of her native land. A “Bruja” in tune with the cycles of nature and the magick within, she is always willing to help those in need.


AVBeadDesigns Chicago


My name is Araceli and I love to create gorgeous bead woven jewelry. Sparkly Semi Precious Gemstones, Swarovski Crystals, and Greek Leather are some of my favorite materials to work with. I try to purchase all of my stones from small, fair trade, local family owned businesses. Esty page


Marcus Alleyne chicago

Marcus Alleyne

A mixed media artist, Marcus Alleyne explores the presence of the sacred in his everyday life as a primary source for inspiration and content of his paintings.
His interest in art as a tool for social change has led him through the journey from free expression of urban art spray-painting to the innovative, creative,
and unique visual presentations he now offers in his dynamic work. His art sensibilities bring a distinctive look to the variety of media he uses in creating
his images. Growing up amidst the architectural richness that Chicago offers, Marcus has extended his acumen and repertoire in art through formal education, internships, and travel throughout the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean. Currently, his artwork is enjoyed by galleries, universities, and in the homes of private collectors.


Bodega 18 chicago

Bodega Diez y Ocho

Diez Y Ocho was inspired by the infamous 18th street of the Pilsen Community in Chicago. A community where many generations of families have planted their seeds. 18th street, also known as, “la diez y ocho”, is the street that runs through the heart of it all. Although, Pilsen is now an up and coming community, it was once a community of many immigrant and low income families. Nevertheless, this community has always taken pride in our Mexican culture and showed it through murals and art all throughout our streets. “Diez Y Ocho” is now expressing that art in a different way, through custom handmade purses and bags. Each one is uniquely made and influenced by the inspirations of our Mexican culture, such as Frida Kahlo, Maria Sabina and even favorite childhood memories. “La Catarina”, is translated as, “The Ladybug”.


Lupillo Rock

Lupillo Rock

Jewelry & handcrafts


Eating is for Winners

Eating is for Winners

Gabriela Parra is a Chicago based Chef but her roots are from her hometown Puebla, Mexico. She has had some formal training but her strongest foundation and influence has come from her seven aunts and her Mother. Gabriela specializes in what she calls Mexican comfort food, essentially the food she grew up eating with her family, but recreates it using the Farm to Table ideology.

While her main focus is Mexican food, she is also influenced by many cultures, such as American Northwest, Szechuan, Southeast Asian and Contemporary American. Gabriela is currently working as a Personal Chef & Sous Chef at Hearty Boy Catering. She is also the owner and founder of Eating is for Winners, an event and catering business that has an underground following in Chicago’s Music and Arts communities.


Eco Boutique by Alejandra

Eco Boutique by Alejandra

Alejandra Araseb was born in Iguala, Guerrero and has lived in Chicago for over two decades. Her family has worked for two generations making cut crystal, silver and gold-handcrafted jewelry. Once in Chicago she decided to follow her family creative tradition and began to explore fashion design and home decorating. But it wasn’t until recently — as a transgender woman — that she decided to start her own business. In pursuit of her family artistic tradition, she began making floral arrangements, curiosities made out of plants and terrariums.

The idea of working and creating art out of living organisms that Mother Earth gives us has always been one of Alejandra’s greatest passions. She has been doing floral arrangements for the last 15 years and last year she started to create small works of art out of plants, called terrariums. These small ecosystems inside crystal containers, help her to promote an ecological culture and philosophy. Each terrarium that Alejandra creates is a unique artistic creation produced with the offspring that mother Earth gives us. Visit Alejandra’s Facebook page.


Archetype Designs Chicago

Archetype Designs

My passion for design comes from a fulfillment in self expression and creativity.  I appreciate the innovative and unique, and try to implement those characteristics in my pieces.  I love to breathe new life and reinvent what once was through the re-purposing of used and vintage pieces.  It is also important to me to honor our natural resources and create deeper connections to ourselves and our Earth’s elements. I enjoy giving my creations a story all of their own.  Archetype Designs was created with a purpose of embracing us all.



Twenty Thou

Twenty Thou is the project of Nicold Ologundudu. She’s an accessory designer based in Chicago who loves working with her hands and strives to look for unique, funky, cool beads and findings that can make her work stand out. Twenty Thou is her own personal student loan bailout, the story behind the name is that her goal is to sell twenty thousand pieces to pay off her student loans.


GlitterGuts Photo booth CumbiaSazo

Glitter Guts

GlitterGuts is the bastard child of portraiture, installation art, and event photography. Our aim is to capture the world we live in at its best, the culture, the subcultures, and the counterculture. Find us where people are enjoying themselves.



Hand in Hand Love | Olga Plata

Hand in Hand Love is locally handcrafted and made with love from our hands to yours. Our passion for jewelry, accessory, designs and much more brings together unique and creative pieces that fit your style. We have a variety of world inspired jewelry as well as modern designs. We work with many different materials some being a combination of reclaimed and modern pieces. We seek to offer artistic and quality crafted pieces, each reflecting our passion for beauty and each a piece of art you wear.


Betty Heredia chicago

Betty Heredia

Betty Heredia is a Chicago artist whose work ranges in a variety of mediums, from comics to murals. Her most recent exhibitions include Voices & Visions, a group exhibition at the Highland Park Art Center, and a mural installation at Glass Curtain Gallery in Chicago and is also currently working on a series of comics entitled Life Before Death, as well as AutoSpasms. Most recently, her comics have been published in New City and Linework Comics Anthology IV.


No Manches at CumbiaSazo

No Manches

No Manches is a socially conscious clothing company from the south side of Chicago that provides original designs to give the Latino community a way to express themselves in a culturally relevant and meaningful way. Clothing built to bridge the gap between generations and to educate others on Latino Culture.


AngMir Designs

AngMir Designs

I’m all about the colors, the bolder the better!  My life events & cultura come alive through my wearable art.  Todo Hecho con Cariño by AngMir.  (Facebook page)


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