“The work is to provoke conversation (whether it be good or bad, but at least the audience is talking) and spend some time sharing my experiences and seeing the world as I see it.“
Antuco Chicaiza is a mixed media artist working and living in Sweetwater, TN. He grew up among the Indians of Ecuador and now lives in the United States. Chicaiza attended the New World School of the Arts in Miami, FL. His work ranges from paintings to video and digital paper pieces. Chicaiza’s influences include the 20th century Ecuadorean painter and sculptor Oswaldo Guayasamin, street art, graffiti, and just words. His themes reflect his and his family’s cultural backgrounds, travels, and encounters with political and social issues and injustices, as continuously documented in his ever-present sketchbooks. In 2017, Artfields of Lake City, SC, stated, “Chicaiza started making paintings that used images that he had archived including phrases, symbols, graffiti, and abstracted figures and faces, combining them in dense, interpenetrating compositions.”
Chicaiza has exhibited his paintings most recently at Seman’s Gallery, Durham, NC (solo, 2018); Balcony Gallery, Knoxville, TN (We The People, 2016; America Divided, 2014); Latin Arts Center, Milwaukee, WI (2013-4); HOLA Latino (solo, 2013); Denso Gallery, Clayton Art Center, Maryville, TN (solo, 2011); Edith Davis Gallery, Rose Center for the Arts, Morristown, TN (solo, 2011); and Embassy of Ecuador Gallery, Washington, DC (solo 2010).