Today I came across a Texas-based artist whose work I had previously admired in New American Paintings, an annual publication of juried exhibitions-in-print. Carlos Donjuan is part of an upcoming exhibition titled Identity Crisis at GrayDuck Gallery in Austin, TX opening this Friday, July 15th. Unfortunately I will not be in town for the opening, but encourage those of you who will be to check it out! Donjuan's graffiti background and street-art sensibility sway the largest influence on his work. He often paints on wood, integrating the grain into the piece by leaving areas unpainted to create shapes and figures. Also influenced by art history, his paintings are a narrative blend of traditional art, street culture, and the portrayed individual's personal story. In nearly all of his figurative paintings, Donjuan paints over or masks the faces in some way, leaving room for the viewer to insert their own persona.
Click here to read an interview with Donjuan at the New American Paintings blog.
Top left: Where To | Mixed Media on Birch | 20in.x16in. | 2011
Bottom: Sweet Nothings | Mixed Media on Birch | 2ft.x3ft. | 2010