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Enrique Chagoya- “Cannibal Palimpsest”

Enrique Chagoya- “Cannibal Palimpsest”

Enrique Chagoya is a painter, printmaker, and art practice professor at Stanford’s Department of Art and Art History. Enrique Chagoya uses art to turn assumptions, both artistic and political, on their heads. Drawing from his experiences living on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border in the late 70’s, and also in Europe in the late 90’s, Enrique Chagoya juxtaposes secular, popular, and religious symbols in order to address the ongoing cultural clash between the United States, Latin America and the world as well. He uses familiar pop icons to create deceptively friendly points of entry for the discussion of complex issues. Through these seemingly harmless characters Chagoya examines the recurring subject of colonialism and oppression that continues to riddle contemporary American foreign policy.

Chagoya was born and raised in Mexico City. He earned a BFA in printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute and a MA and a MFA at the University of California, Berkeley. Chagoya has exhibited his work nationally and internationally for over two decades with a major retrospective organized by the Des Moines Art Center in Iowa in 2007 that traveled to UC Berkeley Art Museum and to the Palms Spring Art Museum in 2008. In 2013, a major survey of his work opened in Centro Museum ARTIUM in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain that travelled to the Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno in the Canary Islands in 2015. In 2014, he opened a print retrospective at the Elaine L. Jacob Gallery at Wayne State University in Detroit and in 2015, a print survey opened at the Instituto de Artes Graficas de Oaxaca in Oaxaca City, Mexico.

His work is in many public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco among others. He has been recipient of numerous awards including two NEA artists’ fellowships, the National Academy of Arts and Letters in New York, residencies at Giverny and Cite Internationale des Arts in France, and a Tiffany fellowship. He is represented by Gallery Paule Anglim in San Francisco, George Adams Gallery in New York, and Lisa Sette Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona. His prints are published by in California by Electric Works in San Francisco, Magnolia Editions in Oakland, and Trillium press in Brisbaine, Made in California in Oakland, and Smith Andersen Editions in Palo Alto, and also in ULAE in Bay Shore, New York; Shark’s Ink in Lyons, Colorado; and Segura Publishing in Pueblo, Arizona.

This lecture is made possible by the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in conjunction with the exhibition “Enrique Chagoya: Adventures of Modernist Cannibals” on view through December 06, 2015 in the Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Gallery at the JSMA.

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