Joaquin Alejandro Newman

Crucible Faculty, Instructor
Department(s): Artist Resources
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Oakland born artist Joaquin Alejandro Newman currently lives and paints in his hometown. The son of an artist mother and a scientist father, Joaquin’s mixed heritage of Yaqui, Mexican, and European ancestry has fueled his creative endeavors his entire life.

After studying fine art and digital design at Cabrillo College and UC Santa Cruz, Joaquin now works as a painter, muralist, illustrator, and art educator. He has taught digital production at the Academy of Art College, community arts at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, California College of the Arts, and the Oakland Museum of California, and continues to make presentations to many classrooms around the Bay

His murals and paintings can be found on many walls and galleries around the Bay Area and the nation; most recently a mural series was created with collaborator Eduardo Pineda at and the Fox Courts Apartments in the newly renovated Uptown Oakland.

Joaquin, along with his wife and art partner, Evelyn Orantes, has created and presented art and cartóneria (paper-maché) sculptures at the National Museum of the American-Indian’s Dias de Los Muertos Celebrations for several years.

As co-creator of the Forrealism Movement, Joaquin showcases his work and that of his collaborators on, a portal functioning as a vision for the future of indigenous arts.