Stanford Experts

Enrique Chagoya

Professor of Art and Art History


(650) 736-8143



Drawing from his experiences living on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border in the late 1970s, and also in Europe in the late ’90s, Enrique Chagoya juxtaposes secular, popular and religious symbols in order to address the ongoing cultural clash between the United States, Latin America and the world as well. He uses familiar pop icons to create deceptively friendly points of entry for the discussion of complex issues. Through these seemingly harmless characters, Chagoya examines the recurring subject of colonialism and oppression that continues to riddle contemporary American foreign policy.