Born in El Paso, Texas, Juan Carlos Escobedo explores his identity as a brown, Mexican-American queer male, raised in a low-socioeconomic community along the US/Mexico border. His work addresses residual class and race shame that arises from living in a predominantly white, structured United States that favors light-skinned individuals and middle-class-and-above socioeconomic classes.
Escobedo received his BFA from New Mexico State University and MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. His work has been exhibited in San Antonio at Blue Star Contemporary, Centro de Artes, and The Southwest School of Art; in Boston at MassArt X SOWA; and in Darmstadt, Germany, at Darmstädter Sezession for The World Heritage Festival. His work has been recognized through awards and grants, including a Collective Futures Fund Grant from Tufts University Art Galleries, a consultancy at Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, an Actos de Confianza Grant from the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, a Luminaria Artist Foundation Professional Development Grant, and a residency with Casa Lü in Mexico City, Mexico.
To learn more about Juan Carlos Escobedo’s work, visit: https://www.jce-art.com/