When thinking of artist Michael Vasquez and his stereotypical, ghetto physique you cannot help but wonder if he is symbolic of the images in his art. With his recent show propelling him out of the galleries and into the museums Vasquez is feeling his biggest achievement thus far.
Several of his works are on the tour along with five other Latin artists. It is a sense of achievement for his career as an artist as well as to his heritage. His pieces will be shown from Summer 2015 to early Spring 2016 in Washington D.C., New York City and then ending in the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque. With the hundreds to thousands of people that will be viewing his work from all parts of the world, he feels his efforts now tell a part of history.
Vasquez grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida. Raised as an only child of his Polish-American mother and father Puerto Rican. He did not know his father very well and he died when he was young. As a kid he was self taught how to draw. He began as an amateur trying to get the same attention as a classmate that has drawing skills. Although there is toughness behind his theme revolving around guns, gang signs, money and tattoos Vasquez feels more connection with the emotions of the creation much more than the rawness of the dynamic it portrays. He believes in extended family since he grew up without a father.
For the exhibition he will take a collage of mixed images with emotion and combine them. He feels this will show crumbled homes, broken families, isolated children and the ability to rebuild them all into a whole.