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Eric J Garcia

Chicago, IL

“My art is historically based and politically charged with the goal of creating a dialogue about contemporary issues. In my work I try to visually examine the versions of “American” history that have been overlooked, whitewashed, or flat out deleted. Aware that history is used as a strategy of domination, I attempt to subvert through my art the various dominant histories of the conquering powers. By combining old and new icons I have come to create my own visual vernacular to explain ironies of the past versus the present. In depicting and re-evaluating complex issues using an assortment of media to do so, I hope to unlearn the very one-sided dogma of western history and western art.”

“Known for mixing history and culture with contemporary themes, Eric J. Garcia always tries to create art that is much more than just aesthetics. Garcia has shown in numerous national and international exhibitions and has received many awards to include the prestigious Jacob Javits Fellowship and was recently awarded one of the Midwestern Voices and Visions Residencies. Born and raised in Albuquerque’s South Valley, Garcia earned his Bachelors of Fine Arts from the University of New Mexico and went on to get his Masters of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. A versatile artist working in an assortment of media, from hand-printed posters to nationally published political cartoons, to large-scale public murals, they all have a common goal of educating and challenging.”