“George Washington Revisits Washington Heights” by Felipe Galindo
Galindo found inspiration for his project from the history of the neighborhood; Washington Heights is an
area where the Battle of Harlem Heights took place and where George Washington (based at the Morris-
Jumel Mansion in 1776) commanded the nation's troops during the Revolutionary War.
Galindo’s project presents an imaginary visit from America’s First President to the present-day neighborhood that bears his name. Influenced by historical imagery from the 18th century, the artist creatively interweaves the past and the present in a series of whimsical images, creating a unique world in which George Washington
interacts with locals, explores the vicinity, learns about modern customs and ultimately enjoys the amazing mixture of cultures in Uptown Manhattan.
About the Artist: Felipe Galindo (Feggo) is a fine artist, illustrator, cartoonist and independent animator. His drawings have appeared in the New Yorker, The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, Reader’s Digest, Nickelodeon, Mad Magazine, Narrative, Barron's, INXart.com and others worldwide.
Galindo has held numerous individual exhibitions in the United States and abroad. His animations have been featured in TV programs such as MTV’s Liquid TV, Reel Thirteen and Sí-TV as well in numerous film festivals and cultural institutions worldwide, including the Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Reina Sofia
Museum in Madrid.
He has received grants from the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture, the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Puffin Foundation, Latino Public Broadcasting, the New York Council for the Arts, and the US/Mexico Fund for Culture of the Rockefeller Foundation. Additional awards include: Porto Cartoon Festival, Portugal; United Nations Correspondents Association Award; Greek Ministry of Culture; San Antonio Cine Festival and Omiya Festival, Japan.
He is the creator of the celebrated project Manhatitlan, which includes works on paper, animations, and the book Manhatitlan, Mexican and American Cultures Intertwined (Pinto Books, 2010.) And the author of No Man Is a Desert Island - Cartoons by Felipe Galindo-Feggo (Pinto Books, 2012.) For more information about the artist please visit www.felipegalindo.com