Devika's Palacio-Traditional and Modern Multi-Cultural Art

Traditional and Modern Henna Body Art/Multi-Cultural Folk Art

rachel-anne palacios
  • Female
  • Oakland, CA
  • United States

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Rachel-Anne Palacios has made a name for herself in the Bay Area art world. A self-taught, multicultural artist her pieces reflect the respect she has for culture, religion, traditional values, elders, and the cycle of life and death. Palacios grew up amongst Oakland's cultural diversity in a household headed by her mother and grandmother. Her grandmother, Nana Rose, was a mentor, teacher, coach, and friend.

"I hope to continue creating a positive focal point for our community by heightening respect for cultural awareness and our elders," said Palacios. "By providing an alternative learning environment, I believe that we can learn about each other's culture and reconnect with our own. While doing this we can re-establish family values, create unity
and come together in harmony."

Palacios is part of the Oakland Artisan Marketplace and sells her work at the Jack London Square farmer's market on Sundays. Her booth, called Devika's Palacio (Little Goddess's Palace), is decorated with multicolored Mexican blankets and ornate fabrics and mats. Offerings include handcrafted necklaces, earrings, bracelets, decoupaged and embellished light-switch covers, picture frames, magnets, belt buckles, and nichos (shrines or spirit houses).

Much of Palacios' work pays homage to the dead. She is sought-out as an artist and teacher of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)—a national Mexican holiday celebrated on Nov. 2. Her interest in this holiday grew from her personal experiences. At an early age, one of her classmates died. Then in high school. a close friend, Sal Martinez '93, was killed.

In her search of healing, Palacios researched a variety of cultural beliefs about death. Dia de los Muertos helped her to find that healing path. And in 2004 and 2005, Palacios was selected to be the lead artist for the Oakland Museum's annual Dia de los Muertos exhibition.

In addition to her artwork, she was a panelist for the Oakland Cultural Arts Funding Program in 2003 and 2004. Rachel also provides support for the City of Oakland's Cultural Funding Program during their panel process, is an active member of the Dia de los Muertos Committee at the Oakland Museum, and works as the exhibit guide coordinator for the annual Dia de Los Muertos exhibition.

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