Eric J. Garcia - April 2009

“UNCLE SAM’S WHITEWASH”

Every warrior has a weapon and mine is my art. In my work I try to visually examine the versions of “American” history that have been overlooked and whitewashed. History, culture, and politics are three key issues of my work. I politically charge allegories of my cultural history in hopes that the viewer will learn and also react. I want to create dialogue about the issues that shape our histories, and in turn shape our identities, and our futures.

I call my painting style “comic baroque”. It is shaped both by the early childhood influences of comic books and later by Colonial Baroque paintings.  Like a comic book cover, I try to tell a story with just one crucial scene.

Eric Garcia is from New Mexico, and is finishing his Master’s degree in Fine Arts at The School of the Art Institute. 

Other works by Eric Garcia can be seen at www.southvalleyart.com