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May 24, 2016
'I can't let go of my practice'
By Clint O’Connor
Elmi found his art in America.
Growing up in El Salvador, Elmi Leodan Ventura Mata seemed destined to work in the corn and bean fields near his small rural village. Instead, earlier this month, he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a double major in painting and drawing from the Cleveland Institute of Art. Now he is lighting the fuse to a promising future as a painter.
“I am the first one in my family to graduate from high school and get a college degree,” says Elmi. “My parents had very little...continue reading
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