Artists’ Top Five: Justin Favela

This ongoing series will share short lists of artists’ favorite things to do or see in Las Vegas (including nearby day trips). In some cases, these lists become more nostalgic or idiosyncratic musings about a city many visitors can’t believe we call home. 


1. Broadacres Marketplace, flea market, food vendors and live music on the weekends


2. Clark County Wetlands Park, Clark County’s largest park, home to 212 species of birds, 70 species of mammals and reptiles

Wetlands Park with a view of Sunrise Mountain


3. Stake Out Bar and Grill (across from the campus of UNLV)


4. Mystic Falls Park at Sam’s Town Hotel and Casino

Mystic  Falls Laser Light Show at Sam’s Town


5. Los Tacos on Bruce and Charleston




Gypsy Rose Piñata. 2017. Found objects, cardboard, styrofoam, paper and glue. 5’x19.5’x6.5′
Photo: Courtesy the artists and Petersen Automotive Museum

Justin Favela is a Las Vegas native working in the mediums of painting, sculpture, and performance. He has participated in exhibitions in Las Vegas and across the United States. Favela’s art is a celebration of his life as a Nevadan of Guatemalan/Mexican heritage and draws from art history and popular culture. His work is currently featured in the group exhibition “Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place” at the Denver Art Museum, and his sculpture Gypsy Rose Piñata, on view at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles through July 2018, was recently written about in the LA Times and the New York Times. Justin was the first  Settlers + Nomads Instagram page curator and an early contributor on the blog. He is co-founder of the popular podcast Latinos Who

Images courtesy the artist. Brief descriptions by S + N. 

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