“(My work) is based on the idea that history is told by those who win wars. . . . The world is endlessly re-mapped and re-named, with new rules and rulers. . . . I decided to invent my own account of the many possible stories—from Cortez to the border patrol.”—Enrique Chagoya
Born in Mexico City in 1953, Chagoya studied political economics at the Universidad Nacional Autonóma de México before moving to the United States in 1979. In 1984, he enrolled at the San Francisco Art Institute, where he created the powerful work that begins this mid-career survey exhibition. In 1986, he completed an M.A., and in 1987 an M.F.A., at UC Berkeley. Chagoya has taught printmaking at Stanford University since 1995. His work is included in the collections of many major museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago; Centro Cultural de Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City; Library of Congress Print Collection and the National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles County Museum; Philadelphia Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Modern Art, and Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.