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Latin American Contemporary Art (LaCa) Projects is pleased to participate in its first collaboration with CAPITOL, exhibiting artist Cristina Toro (b. 1983) in conjunction with CAPITOL’s trunk show featuring the dynamic mother/daughter designers behind Of Rare Origin.

The artworks installed at CAPITOL,  were part of Toro’s first solo exhibition at LaCa Projects, titled Casa en el Cielo (Castle in the Sky). The radiant worlds conjured by Toro offer a vibrant examination of one’s inherent connection to nature, and pay homage to her dual identity as a native of San Juan, Puerto Rico now living in New York. Through creatures and imagery that are both real and surreal, Toro brings to life the beauty that exists within ourselves and that which surrounds us in our daily lives–-an important and meaningful parallel to fashion and design.

Cristina Toro has been creating and exhibiting work on a global scale for the last ten years. She has been featured in numerous international solo and group exhibitions, and her work can be found in prestigious public and private collections, including the Dana Farber Institute in Boston and Charlotte’s very own Mint Museum.

LaCa Projects is the only art gallery in the world with locations in both Charlotte and Buenos Aires, Argentina. Its unique bi-continental position creates a gateway for connecting contemporary Latin American artists with the emerging and increasingly diversifying arts scene in Charlotte. It also aims to develop and foster an appreciation among collectors to the visually striking narrative of contemporary Latin American art.

Toro’s second exhibition, Strike a Match to Hear My Sound, is on view at LaCa Projects until April 28.

Founded in 1997 by Laura Vinroot Poole, CAPITOL features designs from Valentino, Marc Jacobs, Dries Van Noten, Saint Laurent, Celine, Rodarte, Rosie Assoulin and Christopher Kane, along with jewelry and accessories by Marie-Helene de Taillac, Irene Neuwirth, and The Gem Palace. Housed in Charlotte in a 6,000 square foot, freestanding store designed by Perry Poole, the shop's signature feature is a spacious courtyard featuring a vegetal wall created by famed French botanist Patrick Blanc. Capitol’s sister store, Poole Shop, is housed on the second floor.

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