BIOGRAPHY

Born and raised in Houston, TX, he graduated from the University of Houston in 2016 with a B.F.A. in Studio Arts (Painting) with a minor in Art History. Currently he is back at UH pursuing his M.F.A. in Painting under the tutelage of Aaron Parazette, Rachel Hecker, Delilah Montoya, Gabriel Martinez, and Dr. Roberto Tejada.
 

ARTIST STATEMENT

Because they hide for so long, only to eventually emerge, their screams inescapable.

Layers upon layers, intersections, and complications.

How identities and paintings are made.

The male gaze on the male figure.

Is it subversion, perversion, or worship?

Let’s talk about “everyone knows but nobody talks about it”.

You escape one prison only to be assaulted by machismo, racism, and homophobia.

Is that why the chicharra resonates with me?

Because its life cycle is so much like the coming out process.

Which, by the way, never ends.

No offense, but are you gay?

Well, hello to you too.

It’s cool if you are, just don’t hit on me, bro.

Top or bottom?

Bitch, I might be.

Sorry. How are you?

Gay, thanks.
 

EDUCATION

University of Houston, Houston, TX, USA, 2016-present, MFA (Painting)
University of Houston, Houston, TX, USA, 2014-2016, BFA (Painting) minor in Art History

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

University of Houston, Teaching Fellow 2017-Present 
Fundamentals of Drawing (Fall ‘17, Spring ‘18, Fall ‘18)
University of Houston, Instructional Assistant 2017
Ways of Seeing Art (Fall ‘17 and Spring ‘18)
Moody Center for the Arts, Fine Art Handler, 2018
Blaffer Art Museum, Fine Art Handler 2016-2018
Rice Gallery, Fine Art Handler 2016-2017

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

To Be Honest, Project Space Gallery, Houston, TX, 2019
Drawn Superstition, William R. Jenkins Architecture & Art Library, Houston, TX, 2017

DUO EXHIBITIONS

With and Without, Third Space Gallery, Houston, TX, 2018
You Don’t Know What It's Like, Third Space Gallery, Houston, TX, 2018
Parallels, Third Space Gallery, Houston, TX, 2017

SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS

UH School of Art 41st Annual Thesis Exhibition, Blaffer Art Museum, Houston, TX, 2019
Bloodlines, Third Space Gallery, Houston, TX, 2018
Mis Raices, Hispanic Heritage Fiesta, Talento Bilingue de Houston, Houston, TX, 2018
A=rt2: Annual School of Art Student Exhibition, Blaffer Art Museum, Houston, TX, 2018
UH Arts Fusion Showcase, UH Wortham Theater/The Grove, Houston, TX, 2018
Trajectories Seen, HCC Stafford Fine Arts Gallery, Houston, TX. 2018
Annual School of Art Student Exhibition, Blaffer Art Museum, Houston, TX, 2017
Selections: UH Grad Program at Ellington Field, Ellington Field Airport, Houston, TX, 2017
States of Being, Third Space Gallery, Houston, TX, 2017
Annual School of Art Student Exhibition, Blaffer Art Museum, Houston, TX, 2016
Connected, Zoya Tommy Gallery, TX, 2016
10x10 Art Show, Hardy & Nance Studios, TX, 2016
Annual School of Art Student Exhibition, Blaffer Art Museum, Houston, TX, 2015
Life Drawing, Third Space Gallery, Houston, TX, 2014

AWARDS/SCHOLARSHIPS

Teaching Fellowship, 2017-Present
Holt-Wich Foundation Scholarship, 2017-2018
Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholar, 2017
University of Houston, Dean's Honor List, Spring and Fall 2015

PUBLICATIONS

In the Studio: Identity and Personal Growth, Artist Interview (March 2019).
Voyage Houston, Artist Interview (December 2018).
Open Donut (UH Art Zine), First issue (April 2018).
HCC EduTube, Artist talk for Trajectories Seen. (2018) 
Open Your Eyes + Connected (February 2016). Glasstire.

COLLECTIONS

William R. Jenkins Architecture & Art Library, Digital collection, Houston, TX
Gao Hang, Private collection, Houston, TX
Patrice Jagi, Private collection, Houston, TX
Stäcy Withers-McDonald, Private collection, Houston, TX