Globalquerque! is thrilled to announce our selection for the festival's 2009 Official Poster Artist: Jade Leyva.

Jade is finishing up a beautiful new work specifically created for the Globalquerque! 2009 official festival image. The painting will be used for the festival poster, program guide and more.

Jade Leyva is a painter, photographer and mixed-media artist who was born in M?co City and now makes her home in Nuevo Mexico. Jade grew up among a family of artists and has been painting since she can remember. After attending Globalquerque! 2008, Jade was inspired to create a painting entitled "One Song". The painting, like most of her work, embraces the natural world and culture(s), utilizing bold colors and textures.

In talking about the inspiration for her piece Jade reflected that "there is a universal language, a beautiful expression that naturally unifies people from all over the world and knows no boundaries.... That espression is music."

To check out a selection of Jade's stunning works please visit:

The full, completed image of "One Song" will be up on the Globalquerque! site soon.

Jade joins past Gloabalquerque! artists Suzanne Sbarge (2006), Santiago P?z (2007) and Theresa Laferriere (2008). Globalquerque! is committed to supporting New Mexican visual artists of all disciplines through our annual artist poster selection.

To view or purchase this year's and past festival posters or for more information on Globalquerque! New Mexico's 5th Annual Celebration of World Music and Culture please visit our web site:

Globalquerque! 2009 - the 5th edition! - will take place September 25 & 26 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, NM.