Artist Profiles

Below you will find a list of artists and biography on the left with samplings of their work right.  These are artists that identify as Hispanic or Latinx living in North Carollina. These artist have been noticed and highligthed at Diamante Art and Cultural Center’s Events.

We love and want to continue to showcase other Hispanic or Latinx artist!

Please contact, if you would like to have an artist at your event, school or have an exhibit it your office. 

Socorro Hernandez-Hinek

A variety of cultural influences and experiences have inspired my artistic journey. Growing up as a Mexican-American, amongst a family of talented, driven musicians, “musicos”, has directed me from birth. These familial cultural and social structures intermixed with a fierce creative passion that forged a creative steel in my family. Their life journey set into motion my own personal evolution as a woman, a mother and artist.
My artistic work examines the cultural experience by creating altars and personal shrines inspired by Mexican tradition and personal experiences.
Born in San Antonio, Texas, I received master’s degrees in studio ceramics from Chico State University, California and from East Carolina University, Greenville. I moved to North Carolina in 1996 and joined the art faculty at Fayetteville State University. Today, a retired Professor of Art, artistic exploration and exhibiting remains a constant thread in the studio and in life.

Maria "Maribel" Isabel Lastra Power

My name is Maria Isabel Lastra Power, known as Maribel. I am a visual art artist from Puerto Rico, passionate about art. Born in September 8,1971.
Most of my paintings are abstracts that transmit and evoke movement and evoke positive emotions through vivid colors, textures. The spheres and circles caracterize my art and symbolizes energy, continuity, eternity…life.
I started painting as a hobby, self taught, in 2007. I had made a few exhibitions of my own and was selling my paintings at Galería Viota at Puerto Rico for some years.
I have sold over 200 paintings. I just moved to NC and am starting over with new clients.

Juan "Manny" Perez

Growing up around creative individuals like my brother, I have always been drawing ever since I can remember… I’m a self-thought artist in most mediums, from simple pencil to intricate art of tattooing. Every time I pick up a paint brush I go into a trance, I get lost. The world around me stops and it’s just me and the blank canvas. I usually paint visions; you could say my paintings are small windows into my mentality.

Ernesto Hernandez

Native to South Carolina, Ernesto is a self-taught artist who is from Nayarit, Mexico.Working primarily with acrylics, his media works loud,vivid colors and textures creating a highly unique energy on canvas. Ernesto contributes much of his inspiration to his middle school teacher Mrs.Baschon, who always saw something in him and to every day life that inspires him. Ernesto also spends a lot of his time advocating for immigrant rights. Ernesto founded Mezcla, an organization to empower Latino artists in the carolinas to continue to contribute to our Latino heritage through art. Mezcla alludes to the many ways to express Hispanic or Latino culture. Mezcla is a celebration of the Latino artists community in the Carolinas.

Yholima Vargas-Aleem

Yholima Vargas-Aleem is a native of Colombia. Since a very young age, Yholima was inspired by Colombian art through her mother’s visual work as a landscape painter. Since then, Yholima learned to appreciate art as an expression of the soul, an extension of human emotions and cultural identity. After moving to Canada in 1997, Yholima became a recognized choreographer. Her performing career continued for several years as she became a Social Worker. After moving to North Carolina in 2007, she got involved in the non-profit field while developing and exploring new cultural initiatives involving children and adults. However, in recent years, she became interested in the exploration of visual arts to express her vision of the world she left behind and the ones she has learned to call home. Today, you will be able to explore just some of her work and feel a piece of her heart through each panting. Yholima sees the world as a place in which parallel and dynamic realities meet at one point thanks to her experiences as an immigrant. The artist describes herself as a genuine and realistic woman that understands the power of healing through artistic expressions. As a Social Worker and Artist, she appreciates simplicity, humbleness, gratitude, diversity, resilience, pain, triumph, disappointment, dignity, self-respect and power of nature. She hopes to invite the viewer to see her world through a window of vibrant colors. Whether there is sadness, chaos, happiness, purpose, emptiness or meaning; there are always colors that resonate through the viewer’s lens.

Clina Polloni

Clina Polloni is a contemporary artist born in Chile, winner of the 2017 Franklin County Art Council Artist Award. Her oil paintings are inspired by her love for people, animals and nature. Her new project: “The motif of the human figure in a dialogue with natures light and colors.” In these new paintings she is portraying people in their environment and activities, representing the American and Hispanic Culture.

David Chadderton

David was born in Venice, Florida on September 4th, 1983. He is of Peruvian descent but grew up in La Romana, Dominican Republic, where his parents were art collectors and owned Equis Art Gallery. David and his brother Andrew grew up surrounded by Dominican and international art. David has been painting and pottering since he was in pre-school. Some of my art has a story and is influenced by both Incan culture as well as other things.

Nana Abreu

Nana Abreu (“ah-BRAY-ooh”), a native of Puerto Rico living in Durham, is a researcher by day, and an artist at heart. Inspired by her culture, much of Nana’s art features petroglyphs carved by the Taino Indians, native inhabitants of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. The Taino god, Cemi (“seh-MEE”), protected the Tainos from Huracanes. The Vegigante masks are a Puerto Rican cultural tradition that originated in the 16th century from the Spanish-Moors war. The Three Kings (Los Reyes Magos), a Puerto Rican cultural tradition in celebration of the birth of Jesus. Nana continues to diversify her art as she discovers new inspirations.

Georges Le Chevallier

Georges Le Chevallier had his first major solo exhibition 25 years ago, and since then his paintings have been exhibited extensively nationally and internationally in distinguished galleries and museums. Georges Le Chevallier, the youngest son of a French father and a Puerto Rican mother, was born in Paris, France, and grew up in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He studied painting at the “Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando” in Madrid, Spain, received his BFA degree in Drawing and Painting from California State University in Long Beach, and earned his MFA degree in Painting at Hunter College in New York City.

Luis MacKinney

Luis MacKinney, is originally from Mexico City, he becames interested in painting three years ago and began with basic techniques such as watercolor. Later he begins working in acrylic, getting his first exhibition in collaboration with other artists, in the Museum of the City of Raleigh, North Carolina. In his first works, images of figurative nature are observed, however his abstract art project continue, this being the art that keeps him active and above all imersed in intrapersonal exploration through the feelings expressed according to the forms, colors and textures.

Berenice Malagon

Berenice Malagón is a journalist, who has been serve to the community in North Carolina for more than 2 years in “La Conexión USA” newspaper. She is also an artist and singer. She is proud of her Mexican heritage and share with her daughter all hispanic’s traditions.
Day by day, tries to expand the world’s perception about Latino’s in EE.UU.

Nora Hernandez

Nora Hernandez is an impressionist painter. For four decades, she has been expression herself through her art.

Cornelio Campos

I am a Mexican-born artist who now resides in the U.S. I was born in 1971 in Cheran Michoacan-Mexico; and move to the U.S. in 1989. I was always interested in art. As a child, I was interested in comic books, and this style comes out in my work sometimes. I gave lectures and had exhibits at different universities, Including NC State University,, UNC Chapel Hill, UNC Greenville ,Duke University, Peace College ,North Carolina State University, Fayetteville State University, Meredith College.
I specializing in paintings that illustrate the complex realities of migrant life that are often concealed or misconstrued to the public. I intend to present a spin on contemporary issues, such as immigration, the U.S Mexican border, and culture identity.
I use a modern folkloric art style and explore culture through vibrant colors and deep symbolism. I describe my art Mexican folklore art as well as political statement.

Natacha Sochat

Natacha Villamia Sochat was born in New York City. She grew up in La Habana, Cuba and in the south Bronx where she attended the Bronx HS of Science. She worked as a professional photographer in Berlin, Germany including freelance work for “Berlin Today” magazine. She is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Boston University (BA Biology with distinction, minor art history) and received her MD degree from Boston University School of Medicine. Her post-baccalaureate studies at Brandeis University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston included painting, printmaking, photography, and video. She received her MFA in Studio Arts from Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Her knowledge of the sciences has greatly contributed to her art. From 1995 to 1997 she learned how to see the light as an artist from Paul Ingbretson at his atelier that embodied the Boston Painters heritage and lineage in Framingham Massachusetts and later in Manchester NH. This knowledge contributed to her ability to create diverse work when she coupled it with her graduate work in the arts at the Museum School.

Natacha has taught at numerous places including School fo the Museum of Fine Arts (painting), the New Hampshire Institute of Art (drawing and printmaking), and was Master Teacher in Studio Arts at the St. Paul’s School Advanced Studies Program (Concord, NH). She is an interdisciplinary thinker, curator, and artist including painting, printmaking, bookmaking, performance, video, drawing, and photography. Her work has won numerous awards and has been in exhibitions throughout the United States. She was a member of the College Art Association and served on the Board of the Woman’s Caucus for Art (NH), including President WCA NH, Vice- President, and webmaster.
Natacha has two grown children, Vanessa and Matthew. She has been married to her husband Michael for 38 years. She is the oldest of 5 children. Her mother was Puerto Rican and her father was Cuban.
In 2015 Natacha left her farm in NH and moved to Raleigh NC where she has a studio at Artspace Raleigh NC.

Mambo Dinamico - Latin Dance Company

Mambo Dinamico is a Latin dance company, which specializes in educating and spreading cultural awareness through Latin dance in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina.

Under the direction of Norberto “Betto” Herrera, Mambo Dinamico has been spreading the love for salsa and mambo dancing in North Carolina since February 2002. Since its foundation, the company’s main objective has been to welcome people from all cultures into the world of Latin dance.

Mambo Dinamico’s determination for teaching Latin dance has transformed the dance scene in the Southeast.  Being the first mambo dance company in the South, Mambo Dinamico sets the standard whether they are social dancing, performing, instructing, or producing events. Mambo Dinamico’s impact in the dance scene is very evident, since various studios in the United States and abroad have adopted its instruction methodology.

Mambo Dinamico is very proud to have trained all of their dancers from their very first basic step to their performance on a world stage.

Mambo Dinamico Dancers have been appeared in news segments for Univision 40 and WRAL. Also they have been featured in the weekly television show HOLA-NC. Also you might have found them in special appearances and interviews in documentaries like “Spanish Voices.”

Socorro Hernandez- Hinek

Maria "Maribel" Isabel Lastra Power

Juan "Manny" Perez

Ernesto Hernandez

Yholima Vargas-Aleem

Clina Polloni

David Chadderton

Nana Abreu

Georges Le Chevallier

Luis MacKinney

Berenice Malagon

Nora Hernandez

Cornelio Campos

Natcha Sochat

Mambo Dinamico