Orozco Meets Victor Hugo at the Auction House

Publisher: ULAE

About Enrique Chagoya

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, and ultimately destroyed in 2010 by a museum visitor wielding a crowbar.

Mexican-American, b. 1953, Mexico City, Mexico, based in San Francisco, California

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
Forbidden Futures: Claudio Dicochea, Lisa Sette Gallery, Phoenix
2016
Magnolia Editions | Innovation & Collaboration, Peters Projects, Santa Fe
2016
Mindful Savage's Guide to Reverse Modernism, Anglim Gilbert Gallery, San Francisco
2015
30th Anniversary Exhibition, Lisa Sette Gallery, Phoenix
2013
Minneapolis Print & Drawing Fair, Universal Limited Art Editions