Luis Álvaro Sahagún Nuño | Healing Palette of Mystical Mestizaje

Exhibition Dates: March 1st – April 21st, 2024  |  Opening Reception: March 1st, 6-9pm | OCA Gallery


Ogden Contemporary Arts is proud to announce the opening of Healing Palette of Mystical Mestizaje, an inspiring solo exhibition by the esteemed Artist in Residence, Luis Alvaro Sahagún Nuño. This exhibition runs from March 1st to April 21st, 2024 and invites the community and art aficionados alike to explore the interplay between cultural identity, healing practices and contemporary art.

Healing Palette of Mystical Mestizaje is a testament to Sahagún Nuño’s exploration of vibrant colors and ancient traditions, coming together to form a narrative that reflects the essence of cultural healing. The exhibition creates a dialogue about traditional practices emerged with contemporary art, emphasizing the vital role of art and how it can preserve and reinterpret cultural identities.

Drawing inspiration from ancient indigenous healing traditions and extending his practice to the forefront of contemporary art, Sahagún Nuño’s incorporates nostalgic items, such as the cobija, a traditional blanket that symbolizes Mexican heritage. Sahagún Nuño notes, “The use of the Mexican cobija in a contemporary art gallery offers a unique opportunity for critical engagement with issues of cultural representation, power dynamics, and the complexities of identity in a multicultural world. It challenges the tendency to exoticize and fetishize ‘otherness,’ breaking down stereotypes and encouraging a more nuanced perspective on cultural exchange.”

The exhibition presents a variety of mediums, including painting, sculpture, and installations, each reflecting Sahagún  Nuño’s creative use of materials and composition. “Healing Palette of Mystical Mestizaje” is curated to lead visitors through a range of emotional and visual spiritual journey, perhaps leaving the viewer with a new perspective.

Venessa Castagnoli, Executive Director of Ogden Contemporary Arts, expressed her enthusiasm for the exhibition: “Luis Alvaro Sahagún Nuño has been a great addition to our Artist In Residence program. His exhibition will visually reflect his willingness to engage and become part of our community through his limpia portrait series and mobile botanica. ‘Healing Palette of Mystical Mestizaje‘ is not merely a plug and play exhibition; it’s a profound exploration into how we as a community perceive and engage with those surrounding us.”

Ogden Contemporary Arts will host several events in conjunction with the exhibition, including an opening reception with the artist, artist talk at WSU with the Shaw Gallery, and educational workshops, designed to deepen public engagement with the exhibition’s themes. Healing Palette of Mystical Mestizaje is an essential exhibition for those interested in the intersections of contemporary art, tradition, and cultural dialogue.


Luis Alvaro Sahagún Nuño is an acclaimed artist whose works have been showcased in numerous prestigious exhibitions worldwide. His art delves into themes of cultural identity, tradition, and the unseen forces shaping our lives, establishing him as a significant voice in the contemporary art scene.


Ogden Contemporary Arts is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that creates and shares globally influenced, culturally diverse, and technologically advanced arts programing in Ogden, Utah. OCA’s vision is to inspire local and regional artists through active involvement with the international contemporary art community. OCA strives to be viewed as a credible and internationally respected arts organization while empowering artists with the facilities, environment, and experience to excel in their medium and enrich their lives.

OCA Center is Ogden Contemporary Arts’ flagship exhibition space located in the historic Monarch building at 455 25th Street in Ogden. The multi-use space opened in November 2020 after a significant gift from the Dr. Ezekiel R. & Edna Wattis Dumke Foundation. The Center’s main gallery is titled the “Arts Garage,” named after the building’s historic origin as a 1920s industrial parking garage for the neighboring Bigelow Hotel. OCA Center also includes a digital art room, second floor gallery space, and artist lofts that can be utilized as additional exhibition space or as studios for visiting artists.


OCA would like to thank the following donors for supporting the organization’s general operations and programing, making this exhibit possible: Weber County RAMP, Utah Office of Tourism, George S and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, Dr. Ezekiel R. and Edna Wattis Dumke Foundation, Utah Division of Arts and Museums, Williamsen Family Foundation and Ogden City Arts