In recent years, HJHP has made a concerted effort to include more types of political commentary, including artwork of different mediums. HJHP believes that art can greatly expand the policy discourse by bringing in new and wider audiences, and by humanizing the people and issues at the heart of policy debates. Below are just a few examples of artwork that has been featured in our print publication, along with information about the artists.
“22% of deportees have U.S. Citizen Children” by Favianna Rodriguez
Favianna Rodriguez is a celebrated printmaker and digital artist based in Oakland, CA. Using high-contrast colors and vivid figures, her composites reflect literal and imaginative migration, global community, and interdependence. Whether her subjects are immigrant day laborers in the U.S., mothers of disappeared women in Juarez, Mexico, or her own abstract self portraits, Rodriguez brings new audiences into the art world by refocusing the cultural lens. Through her work we witness the changing U.S. metropolis and a new diaspora in the arts.
“no existe una solución simple” by Nancy Edith Guevara
Nancy Edith Guevara is a community designer and artist from the South Texas/Mexico border. She explores themes of identity, Xicana consciousness, Rasquachismo, and decolonization. She has a BFA in Design from the University of Texas at Austin, where she focused on creating educational studio based experiences and educational resources for youth of color. She spent one year in Mexico City on a Fulbright, where she co-authored and co-illustrated a children’s book for pediatric cancer patients that is now being used in the Hospital General de México Federico Gómez and Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Arts in Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education.
“El Soldado” by Eric J. Garcia
Eric J. Garcia – “Historically based, politically charged criticism, with the goal of creating dialogue about complicated issues.” That’s how Eric Garcia describes his work. Known for mixing history and culture with contemporary themes, Garcia always tries to create art that is much more than just aesthetics. Having completed his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Garcia has shown in numerous exhibitions nationally and internationally. A versatile artist working in an assortment of media, from hand-printed posters, to political cartoons, to sculptural installations, they all have a common goal of educating and challenging.
“A Struggle for Every Generation” by Daniel González
Daniel González is a printmaker and graphic artist based out of Los Angeles. Working in the same tradition as Mexican masters, José Guadalupe Posada and Leopoldo Mendez, he offers a contemporary graphic testimony of the world and issues that surround him. Much of his imagery is drawn from his family’s narratives and histories that he has collected from his parents and grandparents living in Teul, Zacatecas. He makes parallels between old stories and current issues such as politics, social inequality and identity. Currently, he has completed a large public art commission for Metro Los Angeles’ Expo Line La Cienega Station. He is currently completing his undergraduate studies at UCLA.
“Materia Prima” by Antonio Pazaran
Antonio Pazaran – Born and raised in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago to Mexican immigrant parents, Pazaran grew up alongside two sisters and an older brother. He is a self-taught painter, muralist, and printmaker, and was also formally trained at Columbia College Chicago earning a B.A. in Graphic Design. He finds inspiration in everyday life situations and strives to incorporate topics that are central to his culture and environment. Themes include music, social issues, poverty, violence, sex, and graffiti with a central focus on the people around him and in his neighborhood.
“Freedom Battle” by Ray Rosario
Ray Rosario – “My pursuit to better the world with my gift is a direct response to need and changes
that our society has imposed upon my life. As our world approaches a technological height, we need to recognize our purpose and value all of life, both human and organic. As humans beings, there many commonalities that we share regardless of race, ethnicity, or color. We are living with a void in our hearts, because we are lacking love. Love for our surroundings, love for life, and most importantly, love for ourselves. Without self-love we cannot give love of any forms.”