Oscar Moya

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Artist Statement:
After living in Chicago for 35 years, moving to El Paso, TX in 2005 was completing a full circle. I first arrived in this country chasing the American dream with my family in 1971, moving from Mexico City to San Antonio, Texas. Integration into the United States of America was a lot easier at that time, given the anti-immigrant mood of this nation in the 21st Century. In 2006, I started the, “Maquila Blues”, series to continue to document my experiences and other immigrants like myself in this border city. My work, “Migrant”, is a part of that series. "Migrant" Chasing the American Dream sometimes is a journey of life and death. Like the Monarch Butterfly following a primal call to migrate North, thousands of immigrants from all Latin America venture North in hopes of a better future, a better life, and for some unlucky ones is also the end of the line. And like the Monarch Butterfly’s generations continue the survival of their species, all those immigrants change the fabric of what is America today and for future generations to come.
Relationship to Chicago:
Born in Mexico City, and at the age of 15 migrated to United States. Labored as a migrant worker from San Antonio, Texas to Michigan then moved to Illinois. Eventually settled in the West Town-Humboldt Park Community in Chicago {1974-2005}. Attended the School of Art Institute of Chicago.
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Places Of Residency:
Chicago, IL; Texas.
Art Form:
Drawing, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Social Practice.