maximiliano. LvTINOiRx, 2017. 2018 Individual Artist Fellow, Oregon Arts Commission.
Originally published February, 2018
maximiliano is a performance, video, audio, installation artist, poet and curator who has presented work at s1, Disjecta, Gallery 114, c3 initiative, PICA, Pacific Northwest College of Art and The Cooley Gallery, Reed College, in Portland. The product of the black latinx diaspora, maximiliano uses their mixed (black x mexican) body and experiences to explore themes and concepts of identity and hybridity. Says the artist, “the body also functions as temple, as site of power, authorship and agency, confounding the history of exotification and exhibitionism.” maximiliano collaborates as CVLLEJERX, a two-person performance x fashion group with Angelica Milan, and with Melanie Stevens as the radical art space Nat Turner Project. maximiliano’s work has been supported by a Precipice Grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation and C3 Initiative. They received a Master of Fine Arts from Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2017 and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from University of North Texas, Denton, TX, in 2013.
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Artist Credit: maximiliano