Details:

This painting depicts a rotting lime, the feet of the Virgin of Guadalupe and an abandoned chain necklace, images that resonate with the figure's expression of loss and sorrow. The artist chose these specific objects as triggers for a fable rooted in the culture in which they were raised.
Unframed
Signed

① Artwork:

Naturaleza Muerta

This painting depicts a rotting lime, the feet of the Virgin of Guadalupe and an abandoned chain necklace, images that resonate with the figure's expression of loss and sorrow. The artist chose these specific objects as triggers for a fable rooted in the culture in which they were raised. This work was inspired by Frida Kahlo's painting The Bride Frightened at Seeing Life Opened. After encountering The Bride at an exhibition of Mexican Modernism, the artist immediately knew they wanted to explore the concept of still life. Arango Palacios was particularly intrigued how Kahlo's composition of fruits and objects tells a story full of characters and symbols. 

With an emphasis on the figure and narrative, Juan Arango Palacios produces vibrant and lush paintings that highlight queer identities and communities marginalized through a diasporic or migratory context. The artist's colorful works depict memories, places, people and archetypes that the artist associates with the safety and survival of queer bodies—particularly in spaces that challenge their existence. In compositions centered on uplifting queer experience, Arango Palacios builds a vivid and whimsical world of sanctuary and celebration. 

About their work, Arango Palacois says: "As a queer body that was raised in a post-colonial context in Colombia, my identity was shaped in the shadows of North American normativity. My sense of self was further confounded by a series of migrations that my family experienced in search of work and a more prosperous future. Moving through varying homophobic and misogynistic cultures in Louisiana and Texas, I have formed a disembodied identity that is not attached to any specific homeland and has always been challenged by the general norm."

Specs:

36 inches
24 inches

③ Artist:

Juan Arango Palacios

Juan Arango Palacios’ vibrant narrative paintings depict places and people that highlight both queer identities and other marginalized communities. The artist’s lush works are centered on uplifting the queer experience—while also exploring the artist’s own experience of growing up in a post-colonial context in Colombia and the United States. Arango Palacios’ work builds a vivid and whimsical world of sanctuary and celebration.

Juan Arango Palacios:
Naturaleza Muerta, 2022
Pastel and colored pencil on paper
24.0 × 36.0 inches /