Mexicali, Mexico

Fernando Méndez Corona, ME AND YOU, 2018, oil on canvas, 80 × 80".

Fernando Méndez Corona

Centro Estatal de las Artes, Mexicali

Titled “Baja Soul,” this exhibition collected thirty-two paintings, one sculpture, and two videos in Fernando Méndez Corona’s largest survey to date. Born in Mexicali, capital of the Mexican state of Baja California, in 1977, Corona studied art in Seattle. Since his return in 1998, he has become a kind of godfather of contemporary muralism in the city, as well as a leading figure within the Baja California group of artists who live and work in the border cities Tijuana and Mexicali. The group includes Mely Barragán, Pablo Castañeda, Charles Glaubitz, Jaime Ruiz Otis, and Daniel Ruanova. Frequently exhibited together, these artists move in and out of each other’s work through both influence and collaboration. A recent exhibition at the Escuela Libre de Arquitectura in Tijuana, curated by Thomas Vann Altheimer, dubbed them Artists from the Future, because borders have always been the frontier,

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