My most recent work stems from the division represented by the Rio Grande River, and how the history of this boundary creates an internal conflict with my intimate and distinctive voice. The Rio Grande Valley remains a unique place for its fusion of Mexican and American culture. Coming from this large stretch of marginalized region, I feel divided by these two nations while simultaneously composed by them. This mirrors my understanding of traditional drawing and painting, while also trying to understand and challenge contemporary drawing and painting. Questioning and asking myself what artist I want or should be remains as a quotidian encounter in today’s art world, in the same way I demand to find harmony in the contradiction between two cultures.

 

Technique and artistic approach typically interchange and sometimes divide. This acts as a metaphor for my upbringing in a remote, and yet populated, area in the United States. Through my approach, I seek to gain a better understanding of my ethnic background while framing and contextualizing the individual qualities of the people around me. The traditional rendering of the form parallels Mexican values, tradition, and conservative upbringing, while the stylization of the form parallels diversity, change, progression and "Americanization."

 

Ultimately, my artistic endeavors gravitate and rise to reflect my inner struggle, social and political trepidations, and the perilous dichotomy of my identity and culture.