Documentary Film - Guillermo Esparza, An American Iconographer - Premieres June 2009 for Events Celebrating 200-Year Anniversary of St Patrick's Old Cathedral, NYC

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Documentary video interview - Guillermo Esparza, An American Iconographer- premieres as part of events celebrating 200-year anniversary of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral, New York City and integrated into his current running exhibition - Arcanum Angelorum - at the Cathedral. The documentary video film, an original production by Los Angeles filmmaker Veronica Aberham for Studio-Online, an affiliate of London-based Studio International and original soundtrack by Maria Andriasova Esparza, interviews Guillermo Esparza, master iconographer and sculptor, exploring the artist's arduous path to becoming an internationally-recognized icon painter in the rarefied world of traditional Byzantine art.

The artist Guillermo Esparza, photo credit Veronica Aberham

I strive to make films that educate by transmitting the artist's own true voice.

Documentary video film- Guillermo Esparza, An American Iconographer- premieres as part of events celebrating 200-year anniversary of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral, New York City and integrated into the artist's current running exhibition Arcanum Angelorum at the Cathedral. The documentary interview, an original production by Los Angeles filmmaker Veronica Aberham for Studio-Online , an affiliate of London-based Studio International, interviews Guillermo Esparza, master iconographer and sculptor, exploring the artist's arduous path to becoming an esteemed icon painter in the rarefied world of traditional Byzantine art and shares his discoveries and techniques. The original soundtrack is composed and performed by Maria Andriasova Esparza, wife of the artist and daughter of the famous Russian composer Iosif Andriasov.

Currently Esparza is the capomaestro for the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, New York City, as well as artist-in-residence at St. Patrick's Old Cathedral in Manhattan, New York.

The film was released on June 1st, 2009 and premiered at St. Patrick's Old Cathedral's Holy Name Chapel in New York on June 7th, 2009 for the Cathedral's 200-year anniversary, after Archbishop Timothy Michael Dolan's historic Mass, concelebrated by the presiding Pastor of the Old Cathedral, Msgr. Donald Sakano. New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg honored Guillermo Esparza's sacred art exhibit "Arcanum Angelorum" ("Mystery of the Angels") at St. Patrick's Old Cathedral with a proclamation on its opening date of February 26, 2009 as the official "St. Patrick's Old Cathedral Day" in New York City. Due to an extraordinary popularity of the exhibit, it is extended through December 31, 2009.

The exhibit takes place in the undercroft of the Old Cathedral in the Holy Name Chapel, 263 Mulberry Street.

In 2009, Guillermo Esparza launched his sacred arts lecture series at St. Patrick's Old Cathedral with "Our Lady of Perpetual Help Icon" lecture, and will continue his lecture series this fall at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation as well.

Veronica Aberham plans to continue working with Maria and Guillermo Esparza, filming additional episodes on Mr. Esparza and his permanent art installations throughout the US. Their next stop is the Cathedral of the Incarnation, Episcopal Diocese of Long Island, Garden City, NY for Mr. Esparza's Mural Icon of the Pantrokrator; S.S. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Somerset, NJ for Mr. Esparza's monumental sculpture of Archangel Michael, which he carved out of Vermont marble; and Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St. John the Theologian, Tenafly, NJ for Mr. Esparza's 60-foot Peace Dove mural.

The film is presently being translated into several languages, including Russian, by Columbia University-trained scholar, Olga Zvenyatsky.

Current Exhibition: Arcanum Angelorum (Mystery of the Angels)
Dates: February 26 - December 31, 2009
Location: Holy Name Chapel, 263 Mulberry Street, New York, NY, 10012
(Please note: The exhibit will take place in the undercroft of the Old Cathedral.)
For exhibition hours, please contact the Cathedral's office at (212) 226-8075.
For further information, please visit:
http://www.guillermoesparza.com
http://www.andriasovaesparza.com
Video interview by Veronica Aberham:
Studio Gallery: Guillermo Esparza, An American Iconographer http://studio-online.com/
About Guillermo Esparza
Guillermo Esparza is an award winning internationally recognized American iconographer, painter and sculptor with collections at the US national archives, the Phanar in Istanbul, Turkey, the Vatican Museum in Rome, Italy, Smithsonian American Art Museum, as well as numerous cathedrals, churches, museums, and private collections internationally. He is a capomaestro for the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation and an artist-in-residence for St. Patrick's Old Cathedral in Manhattan, New York. An ecumenicist, Mr. Esparza has been awarded important commissions by churches of many denominations, and his original works are installed in Episcopal, Roman Catholic, and Greek Orthodox Churches. A visionary in the world of public art in the US, Mr. Esparza is the first recipient of the "Percent-For-Art" public commission from the State of Arizona in 1986, thus opening the door to the next generation of artists competing for public commissions. Guillermo Esparza has been honored for his work by His All Holiness Bartholomew I, His Holiness the late Pope John Paul II, New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, New York Archbishop Timothy Michael Dolan, among others. Mr. Esparza's family built churches and cathedrals in Mexico. His paternal grandfather, Don Manuel Esparza, was a prominent US landowner and businessman, whose family held Spanish land grants in Mexico since the 17th century. Mr. Esparza's maternal grandfather, the architect and engineer Don Benito Hernandez y Quiroz, was instrumental in bringing electricity to Guatemala.

About Maria Andriasova Esparza    
Moscow-born, American concert pianist, composer, and producer Maria Andriasova Esparza (http://www.andriasovaesparza.com) is married to Guillermo Esparza. She is the daughter of the famous Russian composer and philosopher Iosif Andriasov. A winner of three consecutive Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Prizes, in 2009 Maria Andriasova Esparza was nominated for a distinguished "Mozart Award" from the International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, UK for her original music.

About Veronica Aberham
Los Angeles filmmaker Veronica Aberham is a contributor to Studio-Online (an affiliate of London-based Studio International). Her advancing career in reportage of contemporary art was fueled at State University of New York at Stony Brook, and at Hunter College. "I strive to make films that educate by transmitting the artist's own true voice." Her interviews of artists are quickly gaining both note and popularity here and abroad. She is also a curator and art director.

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