In conjunction with the exhibition A Graphic Revolution: Prints and Drawings in Latin America, join contemporary artists Fidencio Fifield-Perez, J. Leigh Garcia, and Michael Menchaca for a conversation about their use of printmaking to express their identity and experiences as Latinx artists in the United States, and the social and political issues that inform their work today.
Fidencio Fifield-Perez was born in Oaxaca, Mexico, and raised in the US after his family migrated. His practice critiques the authority given to paper objects over the people they document. Recent works reincarnate discarded maps and envelopes as ex-votos and papel picados. Fifield-Perez received his MA and MFA from the University of Iowa and his BFA from Memphis College of Art.
J. Leigh Garcia is an artist born and raised in Dallas, Texas. Garcia received a master of fine arts degree and a master of arts degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a bachelor of fine arts degree in printmaking from the University of North Texas. Garcia is currently a print media and photography professor at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.
Michael Menchaca blends the framework of ancient Mesoamerican codices, European bestiaries, and Japanese video games with the seductive, attention-seeking digital interfaces of Big Tech. He exhibits his work in immersive installations that apply a combination of printmaking, painting, and digital animation, exploring Latinx identities in a post-internet American landscape. Born in 1985 in San Antonio, Texas, Menchaca received his BFA from Texas State University in 2011 and his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2015. Menchaca lives and works in San Antonio, Texas.