: 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 La Bestia’s Guide to the Birth of the Cool, is the twelfth in a series of codices made at Shark’s Ink.
Chagoya states: The concept of this particular codex is in direct response to the conservative xenophobia triggered by recent border crossings by thousands of unaccompanied children from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.
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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