Changarreando with Guadalupe Hernandez: Instagram Takeover

Jun. 14, 2021

Jun. 14, 2021 @ 12:00 pm Jul. 12, 2021 @ 7:00 pm

Support our June 2021 Changarreando Artist, Guadalupe Hernandez, as we adapt the program to an exciting feature: “Changarreando”. In the spirit of Changarrito, the pop-up mobile art gallery where artists can sell their work to the public, Changarreando with Guadalupe Hernandez allows the artist to bring their work to you. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for updates on original work available for purchase as well as behind the scenes of the artist’s work, space, and creative process. 

Cover image artwork: (Closeup) Guadalupe Hernandez, Mercado San Juan, Gouache on Watercolor Paper mounted on Panel, 16″ x 12″, 2020

About the Artist: 

Guadalupe Hernandez, is Mexican born artist who lives and works in Houston Texas. His works explore the Mexican through the depictions of people and scenes from Mexico through the lenses of childhood memories and experiences.

Artist Statement 

“Throughout my artistic journey, the exploration of the human figure has been of significant importance, focusing on the anatomical structure and rendering of the human form. In my most recent works I have become intrigued more in capturing the essence, emotion of the individual. This is accomplished through expressive marks, use of color and thick application of the paint in order (plum) evoke the soul from the canvas. Drawing inspiration from my Mexican heritage I am exploring the human figure through the lens of people, places, and memories from my childhood. As I work, I often think about my cultural identity. What is my place in the culture? What do I not understand? How are we portrayed? These questions about my own identity have originated from Mexican and Chicano(a) authors such as Gloria Anzaldua and Octavio Paz and their exploration of the Mexican identity both in Mexico and the United states. This series of paintings will explore men and women, different groups within Mexico and tackle concepts such as machismo, colorism and social status.”

Presenting Changarreando

Changarrito is an art vending cart, conceptualized by artist Maximo Gonzalez as an alternative to the official gallery selection presented by the Mexican cultural authorities. The word “changarreando”, is a verb form that comes from the noun “changarro,” slang originating in Mexico City for “a small retail store.” The suffix “-ando” adds significant meaning to the word but can be summarized here as indicating the act or action of hanging out at a “changarro” with the featured artist. 

Faithful to their original, informal spirit, Changarritos exist throughout the world, evolving as forums for the sale of original artwork to the general public, presentation of public programs, special curatorial projects, individual and collective exhibitions. Changarreando takes this a step further to connect with people through social media, generate interaction with art, and embrace the digital era with our existing programs!  

Changarrito Residency

True to the Mexic-Arte Museum’s mission, the Changarrito and Changarreando are dedicated to the presentation and promotion of contemporary Latinx and Latin American art. Normally, artists have the opportunity to sell their art on the Changarrito cart in front of the Museum (or an offsite location, as representative for the Museum during various Austin festivals). Changarreando expands the reach of the artist by presenting their gallery online, while allowing the option to sell merch over Instagram  and receive 100% of the sale. For each Changarrito/Changarreando artist, the Museum acquires a work of art for its permanent collection.