Cristian Vega-Rojo
Since 2006

Cristian Vega-Rojo was born in Vallenar, Chile, a little city in the middle of one of the driest desserts in the world. The Atacama dessert, where he grew up, is a fascinating place, with an explosion of color that occurs every August known as, “Desierto Florido". The sparse dry land explodes with beautiful colored flowers that transform the landscape.

At an early age Cristian began using pencils and crayons to tell stories and express his hidden emotions. At age six he created his first comic strip, which he would sell to his relatives. Another of his passions was creating “radio teatros", recorded stories of super heroes defending big cities in danger. A very turbulent childhood made him stay away from the rest and become something of an outsider. Vega-Rojo grew up during the cruel regime of Pinochet, a dictator responsible for the disappearances and deaths of many people during the 70's. Pinochet’s period was one of the bloodiest and dividing episodes in Chilean history.

Cristian graduated from high school in 1986 continued studying Advertisement and Public Relations and for the first time experiencing life in the big city, Santiago de Chile.

In 1994 he left his homeland coming to San Francisco. Where CVR became fascinated with the beauty of its architecture, culture, and the open-minded society, which he decided to explore. It was in California were Vega- Rojo discovered a true passion for art and the need to express his own journey with the eyes of an immigrant. Finding the love of his life, learning a new language, working as a mentor for high risk kids, and meeting people from every color of the rainbow. In the Bay area he attended and finished a Fine art degree at Foothill College, Los Altos hills, and also took Fashion and art classes at West Valley College in Saratoga.
Coming to L.A. in 2001, makes another epidode on in his life. He finds Cactus Gallery, a milestone on his carrer as an artist. On December of 2006, Cactus gallery was awarded being featured on the main page of Calendar from L.A. Times, the most important newspaper in the city of Los Angeles, and one of the most influenciable media in the nation.

He worked for 2 years at Cactus Gallery, having the opportunity to accomplish an active and productive endevour that allowed him to finish more than 200 pieces of artwork, highly motivated by the owners and supported by the community of Eagle Rock in L.A. This institution also give him the priviledge to promote the talent of hundreds of artists and artisans as well, participating on a plethora of shows around Los Angeles and at the gallery whithin.
On Jan of 2007 Vega-Rojo arrives to his native Chile after 12 years of an auto-exile. Here is where a new chapter beggins.
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Free Art Show @ Cactus Gallery

Sat Feb 10, 2007 00:00 - Wed Feb 07, 2007

G I M M E S O M E L O V E, held in honor of
Valentine's Day, opens February 10, 2007 and runs
until March 7, 2007 at Cactus Gallery & Gifts. The
public is invited to a VALENTINE'S PARTY on Saturday,
February 10, from 7-10pm. Patrons can also visit a
dozen or so other galleries in the area as it is our

More than 20 local artists display their take on love,
romance, the flip side of love, and the symbols which
exemplify Valentine's Day. Artists include Douglas
Alvarez, Lernie Beuler, Jena Cardwell, Gwen Freeman,
Mark Gelvoria, Jose Angel Hernandez, Javier Herrera,
Lisa Ingalls, Patricia Krebs, Heather Llyod, Sophia
Louisa, Miss Mindy, Lorraine Scognamillo, Robert
Selvaggio, Ingrid Sundberg, Kelly Thompson (acrylic
and oil paintings). Mosaic items du amore: birdhouses,
vases, and picture frames by Mary Clark Camargo.
Photography by Johnny Garcia, Eleonora Ghioldi, Cidne
Hart, Kevin Haas, Annie Fourguette and Angela Maria
Ortiz S. Assemblage by Claudia Galvan, Greg Liffick
and Jon Grauman. Collage by Matthew Cramer and Patrick
Haemmerlein. Drawings by David J. Vanderpool and Lee
Ann Goya.

Pianist Katrina Parker will perform live at 9pm. Hear
her at

An array of Argentine folk art and jewelry is also
available, including textured jewelry by in-house
artist and owner Abraham Szmukler, mate gourds and
bombillas by the Pastorino family, our famous nut
boxes and lovely leather handbags that will woo any
Valentine prospect.

Cactus Gallery & Gifts :: 4534 Eagle Rock Blvd. Eagle
Rock, CA 90041. (just ten minutes from downtown Los
Angeles); where the 2 & 134 freeways meet. Hours:
Mondays CLOSED, Tues-Fri 12:30-6pm; Sat 10-5; Sun
10-2pm. For more info :: 323.256.6117.

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My Pseudo-Solo Art Show @ Cactus Gallery

Tue Nov 14, 2006 00:00 - Tue Nov 14, 2006

Since I will be relocating to my country Chile, in Jan15th 2007, this will be one of my last shows in Los Angeles, California, come to see my show and to start saying good bye!....

I'm proud to present my last work of the series "Remembering the Future" and my Abstract Collection of Florals!

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4534 Eagle Rock
Eagle Rock Ca 90041
I will be serving wine and snacks...
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also the Colombian fashion designer Carolina Zapata, with her "Mola creations", ( Indigenous colorful designs made by the Kunas)
..and the current Show"Shut Up and SHoot", 10 great photographers exhibiting in the main room.
Curated by our resident artist Angela M. Ortiz .
Plus great new pieces of jewelry by owner, Abraham Szmukler and the our permanent collection.

Explore L.A.’s Original Backyard
Sunday November 19th, 2006

The Arroyo Arts Collective presents the 14th Annual Discovery Tour
Artists throughout the Arroyo area open their studios and homes to visitors once a year, in the month of November, for the Discovery Tour. Sponsored by the Arroyo Arts Collective and the Historical Society of Southern California, the tour showcases the artistic riches of the community. Surrounded by hills and bordered by the Arroyo Seco, the Northeast neighborhoods of Highland Park, Mt. Washington and Eagle Rock are home to one of the largest concentrations of artists in Los Angeles. “What makes this art tour unique,” stated Kate Burroughs, Tour Coordinator, “is the combination of history and art. The Arroyo was the city's first cultural center at the turn of the century, and it's artistic legacy continues today.”

The Discovery Tour will be Sunday, November 19, 10:00am- 4:00pm, with a reception at the Lummis Home from 4:30 - 5:30pm. There are currently 85 artists participating in the Discovery Tour