Enrique Chagoya makes paintings and prints about the changing nature of culture. “My artwork is a conceptual fusion of opposite cultural realities that I have experienced in my lifetime. I integrate diverse elements: from pre-Columbian mythology, western religious iconography and American popular culture.”
Chagoya’s newest print, Aliens San Frontièrs is concerned with ethnic stereotypes:
In this codex I have made multiple self-portraits as male and female ethnic stereotypes portraying African, European, Mexican, Brazilian, Asian and Middle Eastern characters. I use my own face in the portraits to show that under any ethnic stereotype is an individual and that we are all from the same species. I do this with some sense of humor but without trivializing the seriousness of the subject.
A 25 year survey of Chagoya’s work titled “Enrique Chagoya: Borderlandia” organized by the Des Moines Art Center traveled to the Berkeley Art Museum and Palm Springs Art Museum during 2008.
Enrique Chagoya is currently Associate Professor of Art at Stanford University, where he received the Dean’s Award in the Humanities in 1998. His work is shown widely and is in the collections of The LA County Museum, The National Museum of American Art, and The Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the New York Public Library among others.
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