Vico  - Fine Artist

Vico

Arcata, Ca - United States

 
 
 

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Vico

Arcata, Ca - United States

Vico  - Fine Artist

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I create work that challenges the viewer to think about issues that are kept hidden behind the blinds of a manupulated media culture. Although most of my work is figurative and somewhat representational it is also abstract and expressionistic. By employing various styles of representation I can more clearly convey my messages through to the viewer. My work is focused on creating a dialog on social political issues relating to poverty, equality, race, gender, spiritual and other ideological power relationships. Being latino of european and indigenous decent in America comes with many issues all of which are prevalent in my work. Issues dealing with identity, history, and social justice are at the fore front of my concerns. Although I employ many conceptual lenses to decipher what is happening around us, I do not seek to create art that alienates people due to its heavy reliance on the viewer's knowledge of critical art theory. I understand that if I want to use my work as vehicle for social change then I must create my work with everyone in mind. It is important that my art be accessible to not only to the modern critic but also to the everyday person that might not be versed in Art theory.

The first ten years of life were spent growing up in a rural town in central Mexico where I learned to appreciate the values of a culturally rich and community based environment. At the age of 10 I was relocated to the bustling metropolis of Southern California. Experiencing the opportunities and commodities that can only be offered in a city setting was exciting but more importantly it was there that I first witnessed true diversity in the vast number of people and ethnic communities that abound. After high school I moved to Northern California to study, and after a few great years I graduated in May 2007 from Humboldt State University with a degree in fine art and art history. During my final semester I received the award for Outstanding student in fine arts 2006-2007 and received a commission from the city of Arcata, to design and build a permanent public sculpture made of steel and cast bronze which was installed in May 2007 in the town's square. Erecting a public sculpture in the city where I earned my degree has been a true honor. My goal as an artist is to continue to use my talent as a tool to enrich communities throughout the Americas and the rest of the world.

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