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Michael Menchaca

Multidisciplinary artist

San Antonio, TX


I work with print and new-media formats to address the ways in which government agencies and Big Data technologies have constructed a digital caste system to maintain existing racial inequities.

Michael Menchaca is a multidisciplinary Xicanx artist active in disrupting racist narratives that target Latinx, Black, and Indigenous People of Color using print media and new media formats to generate anti-colonial, anti-racist, and anti-capitalist visions of the world. As a de-indigenized Mexican American born and raised in San Antonio—a community with colonial roots in military and civil policing practices—Menchaca, like many Texans, is constantly mediating the internalized racist and colorist beliefs embedded in them by the legacy of white supremacy in the Americas. Menchaca creates multimedia installations that apply a combination of printmaking, painting, and digital animation, exploring Latinx identities in a hyper-mediated American landscape.

Menchaca received their associate degree from San Antonio College in 2007, their BFA from Texas State University in 2011, and their MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2015. They have been an artist-in-residence at the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture in Maine; Vermont Studio Center, the Wassaic Project, NY; the Segura Arts Studio, Notre Dame, IN; and The Studios at MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA. Exhibitions of their work have taken place at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Benton, AR, El Museo del Barrio, New York; the Davis Museum, Wellesley, MA; North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh; The Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA; the McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX; and the International Print Center New York. They are one-half of the artist collective Dos Mestizx.

Selected Works

Colorful animation characters are displayed on a monitor divided into three sections with emojis, brand logos, and Mark Zuckerberg at the center. Text at the bottom of the screen is displayed in each section: “Pay no attention to the man behind the screen.”
Three monitors display colorful animation and photographs of people; behind them, wallpaper features rows of lively characters and icons.
A person stands in front of a monitor displaying colorful animation that is surrounded by wallpaper covered in custom icons, motifs, and symbols.