Arturo Fresán

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Artist Statement:
I make art that you can submerge yourself into, with themes ranging from socio-political, to religious art, folk, and spiritualism. Having created a variety of work referencing topics like civil and social rights, Hermetic Literature, Punk culture and Folkloric traditions and merging them into oniric interpretations of myself. Influenced by Muralism, Futurism, Surrealism, Folk and Medieval art, my work carries a reflection of my upbringing in México city, where drawing and painting became my shelter and means to communicate. From the initial research to completion, with the use of multiple layers of symbolism and composition, I search for the expression of myself through their visual narrative and form, doing a dedicated planning for each chosen theme and often working in series with a specific palette and structure for each project. Through this methodology, I experiment with new color combinations and composition forms with every new project, adapting them to carry an ambivalent lecture.
Relationship to Chicago:
The vast array of cultures and people is very inspirational, the colorful history of Chicago, with its great architectural accomplishments, civil rights issues, the inherent power within the population, the struggling workers and their families, all became part of my daily landscape and a constant reminder of the times we live in and the urgency to create.
Year of Birth:
1978
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Country of Origin:
Mexico
Gender:
Male
Places Of Residency:
Chicago, IL
Art Form:
Drawing, Illustration, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Music.Music.