People's confusion and questions about my identity have prompted and informed the issues that I work with as an artist, investigating through my art the convergence between race, politics and culture as it applies to Puerto Ricans and other Latinos/Latinas in the U.S.
My most current work exhibited, Memoria (Memory), is an installation that uses a game format, in this case the card game Memory (Milton Bradley). Through this device, I discuss the impact that Latinos have had in the cultural and political landscape of the U.S. since the inception of the Bracero program during WWII. This body of work was shown at the Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago in 2011-2012.
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I arrived in Chicago in August of 1980 to study Painting and Drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) where I completed a BFA(1984) with a Certificate in Art Education and an MFA(1989.) I also taught for the school's Young People Studios program (multi-level drawing) and as an adjunct faculty (figure drawing) for the undergraduate program. This was in addition to holding a number of staff positions for SAIC's Admissions Office and the Student Affairs Office. I began showing my work professionally in 1985 and was hired at DePaul in 1989. I am currently a Professor of Art in the Department of Art, Media, and Design, and a Vincent de Paul Professor, a kind of distinguished professor award. I think of myself as a committed artist and an energetic and dedicated teacher who has helped other artists, educators and organizations through the numerous service positions I have undertaken over the years.
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Drawing, Installation, Mixed Media, Painting.