Liberation, strength and resistance
Born and raised in Ambos Nogales, Sonora-Arizona, Adriana Yadira Gallego has been creating art since 1993. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and drawing, and complemented her studies through the New York Arts Program, Universidad de Guanajuato, the Alternative Museum and Golden Artist Colors Working Artist Program. She shares a studio with fellow artist Claudio Dicochea.
Gallego’s work has been in national and binational exhibitions including the National Museum of Mexican Art, Tucson Museum of Art, Museo de Arte e Historia, Mesa Contemporary Arts and Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson. She received the Border-Ford Binational Painting Award and has been published in several books including Contemporary Chicana and Chicano Art and Triumph of Our Communities: Four Decades of Mexican American Art. Gallego has received numerous commissions for murals and published works, and has maintained a parallel program of lectures and public speaking engagements. She currently paints in Arizona, where she continues to work as an artist, arts administrator and arts educator.
Describe your art/genre: Ideas about liberation, both at an intimate and social level, have long been a concern in my work. This often leads me to use a visual language that is highly symbolic and deeply connected to a civil rights aesthetic and feminist viewpoint, with sensibilities born out of my upbringing alongside the U.S./Mexico border: the paintings are representational and tethered to allegory.
Growing up in Nogales Arizona-Sonora, I learned early on that la linea stretched beyond geographic boundaries; that in fact, its effects resonated deeply as impressions in the human spirit and psyche. These early observations on border phenomena led to an examination of power and duality through my work, reconciling spiritual consciousness with physical reality and social constructs.
My artwork is a meditation on strength and resistance.
Art that inspires: Many works of art inspire me across all disciplines and time zones. A few contemporary Latina artists whose work I respect include Dulce Pinzón, Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz, Margarita Cabrera, Sylvia Ji, Ana Teresa Fernandez, Adriana Garcia, Xochitl Gil, Cristina Cardenas, Michelle Angela Ortiz, Gabriela Muñoz and Mary Jenea Sanchez.
Artist you want to meet: I want to meet the next generations of brazen Latina artists.
Work that inspires: A solid, good cumbia rhythm is the work of art that best gets me through the day.