Artist Statement

Over most of my artistic career I have been interested in developing a dialogue about social injustices. Through my art I explore issues of gender, class, race, power dynamics, violence, immigration and post colonialism.

The artworks I produce illustrate and reflect on these social issues that I have experienced personally and as an observer.  My idea is to mix aggression with playfulness and to contrast the decorative and the innocent with brutality to reveal the severity of my subject matter. I attempt to show social inequalities by exaggerating reality with irony.

My work is multidisciplinary and my source of reference comes from everyday objects such as wallpaper, wrapping paper, children’s books, the imagery of cartoon drawings, toy models and piñatas. I like the ornamental aspects of these items, the richness of patterns, and the use of flat colors and shapes.

 © 2020 Gerardo Rosales. Site Credit: EM Consulting

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