Portraits of the Others

As a Latino-American growing up within a small West-Texas town, I created “Portraits of The Others” from an observed discrepancy in the treatment between those who satisfied traditional Western socio-political expectations and those who did not. This work investigates our culture’s perception of “the other and otherness” and how socially constructed labels determine society’s behavior toward a group because of race, gender, sex, class, and religion. My paintings actively challenge viewers to situate themselves concerning those depicted and to embrace the diversity of others or marginalize them.

Meadows Museum of Art at Centenary College Essay