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Enrique Chagoya

Enrique Chagoya (San Franciso, CA) is a well-known Mexican-born painter and printmaker whose subject is the changing nature of culture. He combines political and cultural criticism in colorful, witty and humorous prints. His studies in economics have strengthened his interest in political and social activism and have influenced his print work tremendously. He says, "My artwork is a conceptual fusion of opposite cultural realities… I integrate diverse elements: from pre-Columbian mythology, western religious iconography and American popular culture."

Born in Mexico City in 1953, Chagoya studied economics at the National Autonomous University of Mexico and later immigrated to the United States where he worked as a free-lance illustrator and graphic designer and earned at BFA at the San Franciso Art Institute in 1984 and an MFA at the University of California at Berkeley in 1987. He teaches at Stanford University, where he received the Dean’s Award in Humanities in 1998. His works are held in the collections of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu; the Los Angeles County Museum; the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the National Museum of American Art, Washington D.C.; the New York Public Library; the San Jose Museum of Art; the Art Institute of Chicago and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.