: 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."
Chagoya's newest prints, "Invites Into the World of the Eternal Instant" and "Expresses Nothing but the Self", are concerned with the current unsustainable interaction between people and nature.
The artist states:
We are part of nature, not a species apart. We are creating an ongoing extinction of fauna and flora and we are headed toward massive extinction if we don’t take urgent action. I try to use some humor in my work as a form of a personal defense against my own anxieties in this context. Humor is a door opener into uncomfortable topics that we need to deal with.
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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