Miguel Calderón (MX 2003)
An elderly man stands in front of his sports car in a wealthy neighbourhood of Mexico City. The scene that unfolds in front of the viewer is seen from the viewpoint of the driver of another car. The driver orders the elderly man to drop to his hands and knees and bark like a dog. It is not by chance that Calderón depicts wealthy citizens in such an absurd posture.
Location: Flatland Gallery
Miguel Calderón― Artist
Miguel Calderón is a contemporary Mexican artist who, while working through the disciplines of painting, video, photography, and sculpture, examines cultural stereotypes through both a critical artistic approach and a personal lens. Exemplified by a flippant attitude and crude aesthetic, his work features an amalgam of both fine art and pop culture references. Born on June 1, 1971 in Mexico City, Mexico, Calderón spent much of his early artistic career studying at academic institutions, attending The Cambridge School of Weston in Massachusetts before receiving his BFA in 1994 from the San Francisco Art Institute. Calderón's paintings have gained notoriety in both the art world as well as in popular culture, notably being featured in Wes Anderson's classic 2001 film The Royal Tenenbaums. His work has been exhibited in museums and institutions across the globe, including at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, New York, the Museum of Natural History in Mexico City, and in the São Paulo Biennale in Brazil. The artist continues to live and work in Mexico City, Mexico.