Juan Lopez-Bautista

My artwork explores the search for a Mexican-American self-identity. The journey that I undertook to become a visual artist includes the personal and social challenges that I face as an immigrant. I find resonance between my artwork and the divided political discourse of today.

Glazing layers are used in my mixed media paintings to signify the threads of the fabric of our society. The resulting matrices are metaphors for the strengths and gaps of the many layers that conform our American culture. In my work, pictorial elements are used as a visual tool to engage a dialogue with the viewer on current issues. I envision my abstract paintings as human landscapes, where issues of race, injustice, survival, resilience and hope, occupies the same pictorial space.