: Born in 1953
, Mexico D.F
: Lives in San Francisco
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."
Enrique Chagoya’s newest print from 2013, The Thingly Thingness of Things is an irregularly shaped lithograph. The title is based on a quote from Heidegger. A large cluster of heads on the water is made up of people blocking each other’s view of The Tree of Life while they get deeper in the waters (this image was inspired by Philip Guston paintings).
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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