Brujo De La Mancha
I am a multidisciplinary, self-taught artist, born in Mexico City in a mixed Mexican-indigenous and Spanish working class family. In my childhood, during visits to my father’s family around Xico, Veracruz in Mexico, I experienced the surviving Mayan, Olmec, Aztec and Catholic cultures, traditional farming, and popular crafts that represent and express the life of the indigenous Mexican people. Later, I cultivated a sense of freedom to express my personal dreams and reality by immersing myself in indigenous cultures in the states of Oaxaca, Veracruz, Puebla, Michacan, and Tlaxcala. I grew up believing and experiencing independent thinking, realizing that people are rich in resourcefulness in their own power for self-control. My paternal grandmother migrated from Xico, Veracruz to Mexico City before I was born, and I have continued this family experience with my own migration to Philadelphia in 1998, where I have joined the diversity of lives and cultural exchanges of this city.
My artwork is my self-expression about my own experiences. I transform discarded objects into works of art that manifest experiences viscerally rooted in my subconscious. I work in a wide range of media, including sculpture, painting, drawing, puppetry, writing, ceramics, clay flutes, Aztec dance & music, digital video, music & photography, and non-profit art management.