“Our Own Space”
“My goal, through both my social work and my art, is to help individuals get in touch with the roots of their indigeneity, and awaken their spiritual potential. Speaking from experience, this is hard to do on an empty stomach, and so I try to first bring people to a place where they can properly consider art, and their own expression.” – John Paul Granillo
ABOUT TODAY’S GUEST ARTIST:
John Paul Granillo is a multi-disciplinary visual artist based in Santa Fe whose work focuses on Chicano culture, stories, and perspectives. Through the use of symbolism and iconography he creates meaning in his work, often revolving around an anti-colonial discourse, in a way that is accessible to locals and driven by their roots. An example of this is his use of corn as an anti-colonial symbol since it is a crop that wasn’t brought here by colonizers and thus represents the historical land practices of the Santa Fe area. He works primarily in mediums such as oil paint, acrylic, ink, graphite, and aerosol; ranging from tabletop sculptures to 50-foot murals. As he continues to expand his artistic practice, he also recently finds himself working with the oldest materials known to man: stone and wood.
John Paul works towards bypassing conventional modes of production, and focuses on creating spiritual works which go beyond the realm of aesthetics and attempt a transferring of energy. Through a multi-pronged approach he is able to, both, be featured in a gallery and simultaneously continue to create murals around the city. His primary passion is helping his community through various projects including but not limited to food distribution, aiding with rent, and transportation.
**Fine Art Friday Programming is included in Museum Admission**
This project is supported in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Partially funded by the City of Santa Fe Arts & Culture Department and the 1% Lodgers’ Tax