MIGUEL A ARAGON Featured artist at Casa HoLa in March

Miguel A. Aragon was born and raised in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.  His work is included in the books "A survey of Contemporary Printmaking" by Matthew Egan, Michael Ehlbeck, and Heather Muise; and in Arte Tejano: de campos, barrios y fronteras by Cesareo Moreno.  In 2012, he received the artist of the Year in Printmaking Award by the Austin Visual Arts Association and the Austin Critics Table Award for Artist of the Year.

Along with other numerous awards, his work has been exhibited and reviewed nationally and internationally and have been included in numerous public and private collections.

Currently, Aragon lives in Brooklyn where he maintains a studio and is an Assistant Professor in Printmaking at the College of Staten Island.

His artist statement:  "Thousands of people die in drug-related violence every year in Mexico;  using processes that are reductive in nature, I am exploring what it means to see, live, and cope with images of incomprehensible violence.  By using metaphors and visual metonymies to tie together process and subject matter, I explore the idea of perception, memory, and transformation   My work is derived from a need to find meaning in these brutal events that repositions the corpse in our field of vision, reminding us that our physical existence is finite."