I come from a family of makers in Jalisco Mexico where I grew up for the first decade of my life. I began to paint when my aunt, a painter and architecture student herself had to babysit me, her answer? oil paints. I've been hooked ever since. Later in my life as a PhD student, my art pieces rose out of my community organizing. The first portrait was done in haste for an event flyer that an organization needed in 2014 and I lent my creative skills to help them promote their event. Soon after that, I realized that those of us who identified as queer and of color, lacked images of our own queer and or activist of color elders. I identify as a pansexual Chicana artivist, and with that comes a resposiblity to make work that honors all of these parts. We often found the words of Gloria Anzaldúa or learned of Silvia Rivera later in our lives. I decided to paint the fierce womxn I didn’t grow up hearing about, in the hopes that they would help my queer siblings grow into loving themselves whole. Most of my portraits begin with research, learning about the activist I’m painting influences which colors I choose. Then, I sketch and paint a watercolor portrait, scan it and add a quote that I feel best represents their vision of social justice. I wholeheartedly believe in my work as a healing salve and self-care practice, as well as a way to preserve a queer activist politics alive.
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There have been several interviews and in-depth articles about my work and art practice. You can find a few linked below:
VICE | The Creators Project
Art for Ourselves Interview
La Gente Magazine: Dissecting Angélica Becerra's Art