34 in Texas: A Mixtape

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Today is my 34th birthday! I’m away from the sweet frigid land of the Bay Area and visiting Texas. This is the first birthday not spent in San Francisco of my entire life. Dang!

Big hugs from San Antonio, here’s a mixtape to celebrate the day. The songs are a few of my favorites of the moment and some classics, all dedicated to people who have made such a difference in my 33rd year on this Earth.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/fb7madyy6js3et1/Rios34thBirthdayMix.zip

Peace,

Rio

2014!

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Like Maria Ozawa (above) I’m still wiped out from ringing in the new year. I’m so excited about the new art and projects I have in the works and will be sharing some of it soon. Happy new year!

Peace,

Rio

Dia de los Muertos

So much is happening in the world, so much is happening in my life, struggles and triumphs in equal amount. Today I wanted to honor the lives of Allan Sekula, Carlos Batts, and Spain Rodriguez, all amazing artists who have shaped my life and my creative vision. On this Dia de los Muertos I’m sending my thanks and gratitude for the many ways in which they’ve touched me.

These photos from my annual Day of the Dead shoot with Mayra Ramirez are dedicated to them. This year, Mayra and I shot at Somarts and Stern Grove. A complete album of the shoot can be found HERE. Special thanks to Leanne ElRod Rodriguez for being an amazing makeup artist.

And here’s a short video I shot of us having fun behind the scenes:

 

Peace,

Rio

On the air with Margarita Azucar

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Hey everyone, I’ll be live on the air with Margarita Azucar today from noon to 2pm! I’ll be talking about Dia de los Muertos, evictions, and more while sharing some of my favorite songs of the moment.

Listen live here: http://radiovalencia.fm/listen/ and 87.9 FM in San Francisco
The show will be archived at: http://radiovalencia.fm/podcasts/?show=ms+margarita

Thanks to the always amazing Elida for making this possible!

Peace,

Rio

Pocho Adventure Club Game Night!

This Friday! I hope to see you all there!

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“Pocho Adventure Club” Game Night

Studio 24 Presents Program

Friday, August 23, 2013 | 7:30 pm

The night will feature original board games designed by Pocho Adventure Club artist Rio Yañez, including Cholas vs. Dinosaurs, in which cholas use their Aquanet saves to sidestep deadly dinosaur encounters.

The night will also feature the debut of two new board games designed by the artist. Game rules to be posted – be sure to bring your game spirit.

facebook listing here: https://www.facebook.com/events/569473353109948/

Peace,

Rio

Allan Sekula: Rest in Power

98099818_baecf1fb0e_oI’m devastated to hear about the death of my mentor Allan Sekula. He was a teacher to both my mother in San Diego and myself at Calarts. He heavily influenced both of our creative visions so much. Rest in power Allan. Thank you for all the ways you’ve touched my family’s lives.

Rio

G-Dragon

G-Dragon (AKA 권지용) of the K-Pop group Big Bang. This is the second portrait in my K-Pop series with many more planned. G-Dragon’s mix of hyper-masculine posturing and androgynous aesthetics have long fascinated me. This look is form the Crayon video. What K-Pop artists should I do next?

Peace,
Rio