Enrique Chagoya
Mexican-American, born 1953
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Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by major museums
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
Selected exhibitions
2018
UNCONSCIOUS RATIONALE: Artists Amend Reality,
Anglim Gilbert Gallery
2017
Tell Me Why, Tell Me Why, Tell Me Why (Why Can't We Live Together?),
Lisa Sette Gallery
2016
Mindful Savage's Guide to Reverse Modernism,
Anglim Gilbert Gallery

Integrating elements of pre-Columbian mythology, Western religious iconography, and American pop culture, Enrique Chagoya’s politically charged paintings and prints are about the changing nature of culture and power relationships between the U.S., Central and South America, and the rest of the world. His work juxtaposes diverse visual references including canonical European painting and sculpture, indigenous Central American codex books, pornography, and currency. Over the past decade, he has largely focused on issues of illegal immigration, racial stereotypes, and xenophobia in the post-9/11 world. One particularly controversial piece of Chagoya’s was a multi-panel lithograph in the 2003 series “The Misadventures of Romantic Cannibals”, intended as a commentary on corruption in the Catholic church. It was widely misinterpreted and decried as a depiction of Jesus performing a sex act, …

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