My work is primarily about representation. I want to bring to light populations that aren’t normally focused on in contemporary portraiture. As a queer Latino man I feel myself treading between finding myself as an artist and constantly standing in as the face of these communities that I represent. It is not a position I find many painters in and I feel that it’s an important one in today’s social climate. Many of my figures confront the machismo of Latin America, dissect the diaspora of Latino race and culture, and question our place within American culture, from recent immigrants to my fellow first generations coming of age.
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