Artist Statement 2020

I’m an artist born and raised in South LA and son of two Mexican parents that worked in manual labor. My work is an exploration of the creative process with hands-on play. I’m an avid learner and use art to process and interpret what I learn about the world, mixing in humor for good measure.

I work primarily with paper, drawing, and printmaking to direct attention to the fragility of things, the distribution of information, and our throw-away society; particularly with printmaking and its history with printed material, such as books, flyers, posters, and fine art applications. I see printmaking as a relevant media to discuss the distribution of information in the digital age, the importance of manual labor, and democratizing the accessibility of art.

Drawing is how I got into art-making as a kid. Drawing’s simple, versatile, and immediate nature allows me to get ideas onto a surface fast and raw. I find it’s materials to be more accessible and available to a larger audience, and can get people to learn and appreciate putting down what and how we see our surroundings onto paper.