Artist Crush: Enrique Chagoya

Enrique Chagoya  

Enrique Chagoya, Mexican Artist

Enrique is such a bamf. A few of his pieces are showing in the museum where I work. I’m drawn to work that features elements of social commentary, especially when it references several cultures at once. It’s cheesy sounding but true, that a picture is worth a thousand words and this dude’s work is saying a lot. I’m into his cartoony and almost playful way of telling a not so playful story. His message is almost eerie, and I think that if you’re reading it right, it’ll have you questioning what you believe about American Culture. I’ll have to include a photo of myself standing next to these works. You can read more about his research here, An abbreviated quote that I think gives a pretty good overview of his themes:

” I integrate diverse elements: from pre-Columbian mythology, Western religious iconography, ethnic stereotypes, ideological propaganda from various times and places,  American popular culture, etc. The art becomes a product of collisions between historical visions, ancient and modern, marginal and dominant paradigms – a thesis and an anti-thesis that end in a synthesis in the mind of the viewer. “

"Thinking of Ensor and My Cat Diego"

(Enrique Chagoya Thinking of Ensor and My Cat Diego, 2009 Acrylic and water based oils on canvas 60 x 80 inches Courtesy of George Adams Gallery, New York)

"Ayer es nunca jamais, Hoy es siempre todavia"

“Enrique Chagoya Ayer es nunca jamais, Hoy es siempre todavia (Yesterday is Never Again, Today is Still Forever), 2006 Acrylic and water-based oil on canvas 60 x 80 inches Courtesy of George Adams Gallery, New York”

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