Enrique Chagoya

Enrique Chagoya (b. 1953) is an American-Mexican artist best known for his mixed-media paintings and prints. Chagoya studied economics at the National Autonomous University of Mexico before moving to the United States in 1977. He received a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and an MFA from the University of California at Berkeley. In his artwork, Chagoya combines contemporary cultural icons with Pre-Columbian imagery as a means of tackling controversial and politically charged subjects. “For me, it [my work] is a form of visual language that I mix to make visual sentences, which are not necessarily phonetic,” he has said. “I try to express my own personal anxieties in my work. When I address the idea of corruption, I corrupt sacred imagery with non-sacred imagery.” In 2013, Enrique Chagoys was included in the exhibition Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. Today, his work can be found in the collections of the Honolulu Museum of Art in Hawaii, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco. Chagoya lives and works in San Francisco, CA.

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