Changarreando with Michael Vasquez: Instagram Takeover

Jan. 1

Jan. 1 @ 12:00 pm Jan. 31 @ 7:00 pm

Support our January 2021 Changarreando Artist, Michael Vasquez, as we adapt the program to a new and exciting internet feature: “Changarreando”. In the spirit of Changarrito, the pop-up mobile art gallery where artists can sell their work to the public, Changarreando with Michael Vasquez 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) Michael Vasquez, Alebrije, 2018, Digital, 13×19

About the Artist: 

Michael Vasquez is a Digital Illustrator from Fresno, California. He is inspired by Mesoamerican indigenous cultures and mythology and he uses patterns and colors to create modern illustrations using traditional sculptures and drawings as the base.

Artist Statement 

“Culture and education are the most important aspects to me in my art making. To bring alive these culturally historic ideas and educate people about them is why I do what I do.”

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.