Ulises Vaquerano

Ulises Vaquerano

madrigueras

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bio

Ulises Vaquerano is a Salvadoran illustrator based in Mexico City. Vaquerano touches upon themes like memory, gender, queer art and migration; having been able to experience the latter since residing in Mexico. For Indie Grits 2017, Ulises made Madrigueras, an abstract series inspired by the Visiones theme. Madrigueras explores our perception of migration and digs through the inner workings of the human mind. Each piece is an androgynous portrait, based on shared experiences, narratives, and ideals.

Madrigueras was featured in our festival guide and was the official artwork for our 2017 festival posters. Using ink as his medium, Vaquerano’s style graphic and detailed– filled will surreal imagery and symbolism.

 

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el hormiguero (the anthill)
ink on paper. 2017.

The paths that make up this collective memory are like the labyrinths within an anthill, a collection of trails made by those who have travelled them.

Los Circuitos (the circuits)
ink on paper. 2017.

The frontiers of our digital and physical presence around the world are guarded by "firewalls" and visas are the passwords. Our collective memory has grown and evolved to reflect changing technologies and collective memories, rewarding us with new opportunities to share our changing cultural identity.

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La Baldosa (concrete foundation)
ink on paper. 2017.

The frontiers of our mind remind me of a foundation tower, where each floor represents a different region of Latin America.