May 13 - 15, 2016
Opening reception: Friday, May 13 from 7 to 10pm
820 SE Alder St, Portland OR
In our age of mass media, universal symbols are created at an accelerated pace and there is little time to consider the implications of the information that they represent. In La Navaja, Mexican bingo aesthetics and native patterns clash with pop culture icons that are re-interpreted and elevated to an almost religious fervor.
About the artist
Francisco Alonso was born in Coalcoman, Michoacan, Mexico. When he was a toddler his parents moved the family to the Central Valley in California.
He was raised in Visalia, California. The son of a California farm worker and packing house worker, Francisco grew up working the fields with his father. Hard labor based work pushed him into his drive for higher education. He received his Bachelors of Fine Art degree with an emphasis in printmaking from Sonoma State University. For graduate school Francisco attended the Cranbrook Academy of Art where his traditional printmaking background took a side step and a more experimental print media based work began to arise.
In 2013 he received his Masters of Fine Art degree with emphasis in Print Media from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Upon receiving his Masters degree Francisco was awarded the Mercedes Benz emerging artist of the year award for 2013, this award came with an artist residency at Kunstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, Germany.
Francisco Alonso is currently living and working in Portland, Oregon and serving as the AICAD fellow at the Pacific Northwest College of Art.