The work of Alfredo Arreguin will be on display this month at an exhibit held in conjunction with the Puget Sound Bird Fest.
Arreguin has become known as one of the most innovative contemporary artists in the state over the past 50 years. In 2008, Arreguin was included as one of the “Wondrous One Hundred Remarkable UW Alums” in the University of Washington Alumni Magazine and later received the University of Washington’s Arts and Sciences Timeless Award.
Arreguin was born in 1935, in Michoacan, Mexico, and became the youngest student to attend the Morelia School of Fine Art when he was 9 years old. He moved to the United States in 1956 to study architecture at the University of Washington, but his heart was drawn to painting and he focused his studies on fine arts, receiving both his bachelor of arts in 1967 and his master of fine arts in 1969.
Arreguin’s vibrant canvas tapestries depict endangered animals, gods, spiritual figures and cultural icons such as Cesar Chavez, Frida Kahlo and Emiliano Zapata. His themes blend the natural landscapes of the Pacific Northwest with rainforests in North America and landscapes of his native Mexico. His paintings are a reflection of his culturally diverse identity, growing up in Mexico, serving overseas in Korea and finally growing roots in the Pacific Northwest.
Arreguin’s work transcends the standard set of ethnic definitions, something he has developed by juxtaposing the hopes and fears of people throughout a wide cross-section of cultures. His unique perspective has made him one of the most recognizable Latin-American artists alive today.
Arreguin’s work is now in the permanent collections of two Smithsonian Museums: The National Museum of American Art and the National Portrait Gallery.
WHEN: Aug. 2-Sept. 12
WHERE: Edmonds Library, 650 Main St.