Our next ArtPOP artist is the Latin American phenomenon, Justin Favela! There’s no doubt that you’ve seen his work around town or at the Life is Beautiful Music Festival. He is known for his jaw-dropping, piñata-styled sculptures that express his love for his Latin heritage. Learn more about the importance of being critical of your own culture through Favela’s perspective.
A majority of your work gives homage to your Mexican heritage; What inspired you to represent this through piñata-styled murals and objects?
My art is inspired my identity, my upbringing in the southwest and my family. My work is about celebrating my culture and reclaiming my culture. I think it is important to be visible in the art world as a Latinx artist and I chose piñatas as a medium to represent myself and my experience.
According to Nevada Art, your work Popocatepetl e Iztaccihuatl vistos desde Atlixco, after Jose Maria Velasco is a critique on Jose Maria Velasco’s original painting. Explain the importance of your critique on her work.
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