Alejandro Macias


About the Artist

Alejandro Macias was born and raised in Brownsville, Texas, the southernmost border town in the U.S., which is naturally divided from Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico by the Rio Grande. In 2008 Macias received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Brownsville, and a Master of Fine Arts in 2-D Studio Art from the University of Texas – Pan American in 2012. Macias served as a lecturer in 2-D at UT-Brownsville/ UT Rio Grande Valley from 2013 to 2019 before relocating to Tucson, Arizona in 2019. Macias has exhibited nationally and internationally including a forthcoming solo exhibition at the Tucson Museum of Art. Since 2016 Macias has been the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions including notable residencies at The Vermont Studio Center, Chateau d’Orquevaux in Orquevaux, France, The Studios at MASS MoCA, and most recently Wassaic Project in Wassaic, NY (2021). Macias is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona School of Art.

Pronouns: He/Him

Alejandro Macias
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About the Process

My most recent work brings to light a number of topics that not only reflect my own humanity as a Mexican-American, but a wider range of borderland, Latinx, and contemporary societal issues. I draw my inspiration from many Chicanx activists and two-dimensional artists that have addressed and propelled issues of identity, repression, civil rights, immigration, and cultural misconceptions to a broader audience. Coming from Brownsville, TX, along the U.S./Mexico border, I often think about the conflict and merging of two cultures. My conceptual ideas point out the struggles and dangers of the assimilation process, which can be seen as an erasure of history, heritage, and culture. On a broader note, I explore and investigate personal socio-political trepidations and use the figure as a vessel to address topics and urgencies that are most important to me.

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