Illegal Alien’s Guide to Political Economy presents images inspired by the recent economic collapse, tracing catastrophe from the real estate market, to the oil exchange, to the debate within Washington. Chagoya addresses how an international predicament has a dizzying affect on the life of the individual while satirizing not only a moment of crisis, but also the flood of discussion among politicians, pundits, and ‘experts’ alike.
about the artist
Enrique Chagoya was born in 1953 in Mexico City, Mexico and holds degrees from University of California, Berkeley, San Francisco Art Institute and Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Chagoya studied economics in Mexico and was forced to leave following his participation in a series of political demonstrations against the Mexican government. Chagoya’s work often deals with political and economic themes in contrast to the contemporary art market. Chagoya is a Professor of Fine Art of printmaking, drawing, and painting at Stanford University, CA. His work can be found in the following collections: Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, Centro Cultural de Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City, Mexico, Library of Congress Print Collection, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA.