Leturia's exhibit No Literal will be on display from September 15 through October 15 in the library's 3rd floor exhibit cases.
My artwork attempts to communicate a variety of topics that go from social, cultural to even political issues. I start with an idea, and the media responds to the content of that idea. It can be photography, illustration, typography or a combination of all those. It can present collage, paint, color pencils, gouache or be completely rendered digitally.
The subject matter of each piece determines the materials and techniques that are used in the execution. I always approach each project with a sense of humor and a spirit of adventure. As a writer turned designer turned photographer turned videographer, each project always starts as a challenge, in English or in Español.
Elio Leturia is an associate professor at the Department of Communication of Columbia College Chicago, where he teaches multimedia journalism and graphic design. He has worked for the Detroit Free Press, ¡Exito!/Chicago Tribune and El Comercio in Lima, Peru. He has also been an assistant professor of graphic arts at the Universidad de Lima School of Communications for 10 years. His design work has been recognized by The Society for News Design, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the Associated Church Press. In 2017 he was presented with the Lisagor Award in the Best Short Film Documentary category for Tita Turns 100. He is a Fulbright scholar and holds a master's in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a Licenciatura degree in design and communications, and a bachelor's degree in communications, both from the Universidad de Lima, Peru.
Leturia is also a bilingual writer and a blogger, and his articles have appeared in publications in the United States and abroad. He is a board member of the Fulbright Association-Chicago Chapter, where he maintains its blog. Leturia is also an actor with Aguijón Theater in Chicago.