Reinaldo Gil Zambrano
Spokane, WA. USA
Reinaldo Gil Zambrano is an award-winning printmaking artist from Caracas, Venezuela, in Spokane, WA. RGZ began collecting unique stories from random social encounters that highlight the common aspects of the human identity that later enriched the visual narratives of his drawings, relief prints, installations, and murals from an early age.
His narrative raises questions about daily issues equally experienced by people across cultures and borders, using relief printing as a storytelling tool for its illustration and reflection. He studies the universal idea of home and how it affects individual personalities by exploring iconography derived from the Majority World and fascinating storytelling inspired by Hispanic literature’s magical realism and illustrations from the Venezuelan Rosana Farias. His wordless visual narratives seek to challenge the limitations of the written language and bring people together to celebrate the commonality of their collective experiences.
His desire to promote the printmaking practice has guided him to develop projects such as “First Vandal Steam Roller Project” and “The Ink Rally,” projects where large carved pieces were printed on fabric using asphalt roller with the help of many printmaking enthusiasts. In addition, RGZ has been collaborating with local non-profits to develop the Spokane Print Fest. This venue celebrates all things print-related where local universities, students, artists, instructors, and professors offered live printing demos and exhibited artwork in the pursuit of promoting accessible printmaking to the rest of the community. Such projects have worked as communal developers and forces of integration between the academic, artistic, and larger communities in the Northwest. “Spokane is becoming a Print Town”
Reinaldo is currently an assistant professor of Printmaking at Gonzaga University as well as an artist member at the Saranac Art Projects, Co-founder of the Spokane Print & Publishing Center, Art Commissioner for the state of Washington, and Spanish host of the #1 printmaking podcast: HELLO PRINT FRIEND
- Relief Printing
I am a fan of the oil-based black Speedball ink we used with Lyell Castonguay during Big Ink. The ink is smooth and doesn't require modification.
I like using the Supergraphic Black by Bill Fick to proof and keep track of my carving marks while working on big blocks.
Speedball screen printing inks are my go-to for workshops and projects, and I never have any issues.
- Dinner with an artist. Emerge Gallery, Coeur d'Alene, ID June 4th 2022
- Masters of Linocut & Woodcut. Peter Allik Tartu Festival. June 6-12 2022. Párnu Artist House, Estonia. curated by Carlos Barberena
- A Glimpse through the Matrix. Museum of Art & Culture. Spokane, WA. June 6th- July 18th. 2022
-Intro to relief printing. Spokane Print & Publishing Center. June 2022.