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Enrique Chagoya
Mexican / American
Mexican / American, b. 1953
American, b. Mexico City, Mexico. Mexican painter, sculptor, and printmaker, born 1955

Stanford University Faculty member. Enrique Chagoya is currently Associate Professor of Art at Stanford University where he received the Dean's Award in the Humanities in 1998. In July 2000, a retrospective exhibition, "Locked in Paradise," was on view at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno. Chagoya's work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the LA County Museum, The National Museum of American Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art, Yale University Art Gallery and The New York Public Library among others.

QUOTE: In a 2007 interview with Leland Quarterly, Chagoya describes one of his first series, created for a group protesting the invasion of Central America by the Reagan Administration: “I was in need of a therapeutic outlet; it takes a very tough spirit to do social work—to not become overwhelmed by the grandness and intricacy of the world, the underlying sensation that one is barely, if at all, significant. So while my work was politically and socially motivated in terms of the content, I was really making art for myself… exercising my freedom of expression. Occasionally I feel a bit guilty about the self-indulgence of it, but I think we must be self-indulgent in exercising our rights, our political and social voice. And I welcome others to be self-indulgent in that regard as well. Vive la difference!”

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