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 most recent print is “The Seven Deadly Sins: Sheltering in Place”.
“This lithograph has been produced during the pandemonium sparked by the departing administration and its long-term effects on society. For the first time in a couple of decades, during the pandemic shelter in place, I worked on the print images away from the Shark’s studio in Lyons. It has been our first collaboration at a distance, but still in close communication, and very workable.”
“My print focuses on current topics with a sense of humor inspired by James Ensor’s version of The Seven Deadly Sins as a form of keeping our sanity. I use popular cartoon characters as avatars of a recognizable, now departing, political character, to express with humor some serious issues that may persist beyond any political personality, while keeping in mind big hopes in a more livable future for all”.
In 2000, Chagoya became a citizen of the United States. He is currently Associate Professor of Art at Stanford University where he received the Dean’s Award in the Humanities in 1998. In 2013, ARTIUM, Basque Centre-Museum of Contemporary Art presented the exhibition Cannibal Palimpsest, Chagoya’s first exhibition in a European museum.
Chagoya’s work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The LA County Museum, The National Museum of American Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art, Yale University Art Gallery and The New York Public Library among others.