My practice is founded on disrupting racist narratives targeting Black and Indigenous People Of Color using print media and new media formats to generate anti-colonial, anti-racist, and anti-capitalist visions of the world. As a de-indigenous Mexican American born and raised in San Antonio, TX, i.e., a community with colonial roots in military and civil policing practices, I, like many Texans, am constantly mediating the internalized racist and colorist beliefs embedded in me by the legacy of white supremacy in the Americas.
I have developed a personalized lexicon of animal archetypes and narrative pattern designs to assist in mythologizing the interwoven histories of European colonization, U.S. slavery/mass incarceration, and the increasing deployment of surveillance technologies that maximize settler-colonial capacities of racial and social control. My images blend the framework of ancient Meso-American codices, European Bestiaries, and Japanese Video games with the seductive, attention-seeking interfaces of Big Tech mobile devices. Recent work focuses on how the tech industry is operating as a de facto neo-colonial project through invasive sociotechnical infrastructures that permeate our daily lives. I exhibit my work in multi-media installations that apply a combination of printmaking, painting, and digital animation; exploring LatinX identities in a hyper-mediated American landscape.
Born in 1985 in San Antonio, TX, 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), The Segura Arts Studio (IN), and The Studios at MASS MoCA (MA). Exhibitions include The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (AR), El Museo Del Barrio (NY), The Davis Museum (MA), North Carolina Museum of Art (NC), The Chrysler Museum of Art (VA), The Smithsonian American Art Museum (DC), The Contemporary Austin (TX), and the IPCNY (NY). He was a 2015 - 2016 Visual Arts Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA and a recipient of the 2018 National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) Fund for the Arts Grant. Menchaca lives and works in San Antonio, TX.