Nahum B. Zenil

Mexican, born 1947

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Nahum B. Zenil

Mexican, born 1947

Biography

Nahum B. Zenil looks at the social concerns of homosexual communities through the lens of his own biographical experiences. His drawings and paintings frequently feature a confluence of images culled from diverse sources, including the Bible, native mythology, and Mexican history; almost all of his works, however, feature his own image, or that of his lover Gerardo Vichis or his family. He explains: “I have always felt the need for self-analysis in my work in order to accept myself and the way I live. [...] In my art I’ve tried to effect a communication between the members of society and myself.” He has also borrowed compositions and motifs from Frida Kahlo, whom he regards as a symbol of sexual liberation.

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Biography

Nahum B. Zenil looks at the social concerns of homosexual communities through the lens of his own biographical experiences. His drawings and paintings frequently feature a confluence of images culled from diverse sources, including the Bible, native mythology, and Mexican history; almost all of his works, however, feature his own image, or that of his lover Gerardo Vichis or his family. He explains: “I have always felt the need for self-analysis in my work in order to accept myself and the way I live. [...] In my art I’ve tried to effect a communication between the members of society and myself.” He has also borrowed compositions and motifs from Frida Kahlo, whom he regards as a symbol of sexual liberation.

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