Salvador Jimenez

Artist Statement

I am a nomadic artist who journeys through the Americas, creating rascuache art and high art, speaking Español, Spanglish, English and Ingleñol. Occasionally, I feel I have a static sense of identity and sometimes I have an inventory of multiple identities. I fit in here and there but No soy ni de aquí ni de allá. I am one, in two worlds. The content of my work is a fusion of myth, history, religion, politics, and popular culture and is driven by my life experiences. As an artist I feel I have the responsibility to address the issues that affect my community and to create awareness and propose actions through my art. I want to capture what others overlook by choice or by ignorance.

The body of work I Am Not Who You Think I am has allowed me to mask myself with stereotypes, perceptions and expectations assigned to me merely because I am a member of an ethnic group within the dominant White culture in the United States. By confronting these various assigned personas, I can then remove the baggage that I have accumulated and carried for years. Through these works I am digging deep down into my inner self through this process—hoping to find universality and humanness in my work that transcends adaptation and blurs the division of dominant and ethnic groups.

My artwork has become an ongoing process of self-definition as a Mexican-born artist living in the United States. As an “American” and as a Mexican I have experienced a double consciousness. I think in two languages, I live in two cultures and I’m expected to understand and embrace these two worlds.

Bio

Since coming to the United States, Salvador Jiménez Flores has contributed to the Chicago art scene by producing a mixture of socially conscious installations, public art, and studio based art. Born and raised in the small town of Jamay in Jalisco, México, Jiménez migrated to the U.S. with his family in 2000. Jiménez received a Bachelors of Applied Arts in Graphic Design at Chicago’s Robert Morris University in 2005. Since then, his work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions in México, Nicaragua, and the USA. Jiménez is graduating from Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, MI in Spring 2014, where he works as Community Arts Advocate.

 

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