Using the framework of ancient Meso-American codices and European Bestiaries, Menchaca aims to preserve cultural events through invented mythology. He utilizes animal archetypes to tell stories of class inequality, civil rights cases, and the distribution of privileges within the Americas. Narrative pattern designs influenced by multiple cultural histories set the stage for Menchaca's compositions; while recurring motifs encourage various interpretations. He exhibits his work in immersive installations that apply a combination of printmaking, painting, and digital animation.
Born in 1985 in San Antonio, Michael Menchaca received his BFA from Texas State University in 2011, and his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2015. He has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (ME), Vermont Studio Center (VT), The Wassaic Project (NY), among others. He was a Visual Arts Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center from 2015 - 2016 in Provincetown, MA, and a Fellow at the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures Leadership Institute in 2018. Menchaca currently lives and works in San Antonio, TX.
Photo by Ed Pollard