b. 1991, Whittier, CA.
Lives and works in San Francisco, CA.
My process of image making draws directly from my experience working as a sign painter on windows, buildings, and construction sites around the city. I’m drawn to American Industrial aesthetics and iconic Chicano imagery, inspired by my Southern California upbringing. My paintings are composed of vibrant colors, simple illustrations and typographic elements, which blur the distinction between the manufactured and the handmade. My paintings are rendered onto the backside of glass pieces with enamel paints and gold leaf employing the traditional techniques of hand lettering, pin striping, glass gilding, and screen-printing. Through the process of layering imagery between pieces of glass, I’ve come to see my paintings as windows of documentation through which evidence of my personal lineage and process of production can be explored. I’m interested in the nostalgic relationship I have to my family’s craft of sign making and how I can relate to this prior generation of blue-collar workers and folk artists in my image making through the repetition of their actions. I’m motivated by my intention to learn and implement techniques of handmade modes of production in an effort to ensure that the visual languages that inspire me do not become obsolete.