Narciso Arguelles

Narciso Arguelles
Lives in: Edmond

Artist Statement

My artwork was born out of my experience of growing up in Tijuana, Mexico and then moving just across the border to the San Ysidro barrio in California. I grew up in a neighborhood full of colors and handmade objects. People were inventive and industrious; they have to be to survive physically and mentally. This aesthetic became part of me and it informs my art making. The political and social edge to my artwork is also a product of who I am and where I grew up. I draw, paint, build installations and use photography in my art. My artwork is what it needs to be.

Artist Bio

I grew up on both sides of the Mexican and U.S. border. While still an undergraduate student at the University of California, San Diego, Narciso started collaborating with the internationally known Border Art/Workshop/Taller de Arte Fronterizo and soon became a full member. Narciso has exhibited at the 9th Biennale of Sydney, The First Johannesburg Biennale in South Africa, The Alternative Biennale in Tucuman Argentina, and all over the United States, including New York City, New Haven, and Los Angeles.