• Date: September 10 - October 05, 2014
  • Location: Las Vegas, NV
  • Partner: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
  • Artists: Justin Favela

Press Release



September 10 – October 5, 2014
Hours: Wednesday – Sunday | 6 – 11PM
Closing Reception: Thursday, October 2 | 6 – 8PM

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
3708 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89109

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, in partnership with Art Production Fund, is pleased to announce artist-in-residence Justin Favela. A Las Vegas native, Favela draws inspiration from art history, pop culture and his personal heritage. He will turn P3Studio into a piñatotopic world created through a dialogue between guests and the artist.

Favela invites guests to share what Mexico represents to them and how they would see that embodied in a piñata. The artist will then construct a piñata using the guests’ direction and hang it in P3Studio.  By using piñatas as a personal artistic medium, Favela seeks to create a utopian world where our collective views of Mexico are represented.

The Valley of Mexico by Jose Maria Velasco has been pixelated to offer a distorted romantic idea about Mexico in the nineteenth century. These types of landscapes, which many times were internationally exhibited, were intended to offers signifiers of the newly independent nation. As a backdrop to Piñatotopia, The Valley of Mexico seeks to inspire viewers in helping the artist in the creation of new symbols of the nation.

A graduate of UNLV, Justin Favela currently lives and works in Las Vegas. His art, a combination of painting, sculpture and performance, has been displayed throughout the United States and the Las Vegas community, including the Contemporary Arts Center, Trifecta Gallery and the Donna Beam Gallery of Fine Art. He is currently participating in the group exhibition “State of the Art: Discovering America Now” at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.

The artist-in-residence program at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas represents one component of its larger art program, in which artists create projects that are interactive and participatory, giving guests the opportunity to connect at an authentic and personal level. Developed and curated in partnership with Art Production Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to producing ambitious public art projects, it strives to reach new audiences and expand awareness through contemporary art.


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