Meet 15 visual artists making their mark on the art world! As part of the U.S. Latinx Art Forum's Latinx Artist Fellowship, this cohort of groundbreaking artists will be awarded unrestricted $50,000 awards!

In its third year, the Latinx Artist Fellowship annually recognizes 15 of the most compelling Latinx visual artists working in the United States today and aims to address a systemic lack of support, visibility, and patronage of Latinx visual artists‚ÄĒindividuals of Latin American or Caribbean descent, born or long-living in the United States.

The 2023 Latinx Art Fellowship class was chosen to reflect the the Latinx community’s diversity, highlighting the practices of women-identified, queer, and nonbinary artists, as well as those from a variety of racial and ethnic backgrounds, ranging from Chicanx and El Salvadoran to Dominican-American, Afro-Latinx, and Indigenous-identified. The cohort includes artists working in locations such as Tempe, Arizona; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Hato Rey, Puerto Rico; and Houston, Texas, while the the cohort’s artistic practices span ceramics, painting, printmaking, photography, installation art, sound art, social practice, and performance, as well as site responsive architectural interventions. Deliberately intergenerational, it is equally divided between emerging, midcareer, and established artists.

Founded in 2015, USLAF is the only national organization exclusively dedicated to Latinx visual art and art history. The Fellowship, and the greater Latinx Art Visibility Initiative, is a long overdue opportunity to lift up Latinx artists and to provide financial support to expand and secure their place within American art and art history.

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1. Felipe Baeza

Felipe Baeza's (he/they; b. 1987, Guanajuato, Mexico) practice is equal parts confrontation of violent pasts and a tribute to people whose sense of personhood is constantly litigated and defined by those in power. His figures created over densely layered paintings appear in different states of becoming and at times are even abstracted to the point of invisibility.

Image Description: Felipe Baeza, A figure with a dark substance pouring from their mouth and accumulating on the ground has long arms twisting toward a sun.
Felipe Baeza, The fragile sky has terrified you your whole life, 2022, © Felipe Baeza. Courtesy Maureen Paley, London. Photo: Brad Farwell.

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2. Diógenes Ballester

Diógenes Ballester (he/him; b. 1956, Ponce, Puerto Rico) is a renowned visual artist, self- described an Arteologist, writer and educator who has lived in New York, (El Barrio of Hispanic Harlem) for 42 years. In his work, Ballester uncovers ancestral knowledge and cosmology through the act of researching cultural objects and symbols. He appropriates and repurposes those symbols and objects into his multimedia work, which comprises sketches, paintings, assemblages, drawings, prints and electronic media, reflecting on what these have to offer our current and future world.

Image Description: A circular assemblage placed on the floor features a small pedestal at its center with an open book, and an earth-toned background with geometric shapes and figures surrounding it. 
 Diógenes Ballester, Arteologist Manifesto, 2016, Courtesy of the artist.

3. Margarita Cabrera

Margarita Cabrera’s (b. Mexico City, Mexico) work centers on social-political community issues including cultural identity, migration, violence, inclusivity, labor, and empowerment. She has worked on a number of collaborative projects at the intersection of contemporary art practices, indigenous Mexican folk art and craft traditions, and US-Mexico relations. In addition to studying and preserving endangered cultural and craft traditions, these projects have served as active investigations into the creation of fair and safe working conditions and the protection of immigrant rights.

Image Description: A large metal sculpture resembling a tree stands within a park. From the top of the tree hang seven hundred small sculptures representing the stories of community members. 
Margarita Cabrera, Arbol de la Vida: Memorias y Voces de la Tierra, 2019, Courtesy of the artist.

4. Beatriz Cortez

Beatriz Cortez (she/her) is a multidisciplinary artist based in Los Angeles. Her work explores simultaneity, life in different temporalities, and imaginaries of the future. About her practice, she says: "Through my work I imagine moving through space and time, becoming other, desiring other, fragmenting our identities, disappearing, imagining a moment when we are no longer ourselves, a rigid identity that defines us, but rather, when we become part of the cosmos, fragmented multiplicities with all of the potential to move freely at light speed, crossing the time and space barrier, having untimely experiences."

Image Description: An enclosure resembling a metallic asteroid opens to reveal a hollow interior that is vibrant fuchsia.
Beatriz Cortez, Chult√ļn El Semillero, 2021. Courtesy of the artist and Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles. Photo: Brice√Īo/Smithsonian Arts + Industries.¬†

5. Sofía Gallisá Muriente

Sofía Gallisá Muriente (she/her) is a visual artist and cultural organizer whose practice resists colonial erasures and claims the freedom of historical agency, proposing mechanisms for remembering and reimagining. Her work deepens the subjectivity of historical narratives and contests dominant visual culture through multiple approaches to documentation. She employs text, image and archive as medium and subject, exploring their poetic and political implications.

Image Description: An image of a palm tree fallen across a body of water appears as if on a deteriorated reel of film. 
Sofía Gallisá Muriente & Natalia Lassalle Morillo, Foreign in a Domestic Sense, 2021, Courtesy of the artist.

6. Verónica Gaona

Verónica Gaona (she/her) is a multidisciplinary artist from Brownsville, Texas, a city along the South Texas-Mexico border landscape, living and working in Houston. Informed by her transnational identity and the sociopolitical climate, Gaona investigates notions of architecture, migration, and death. As a first-generation Mexican American from a family of migrants who have frequently relocated to search for employment, Gaona investigates migrants’ decision to live and work in the North, their building aspirations in the homeland, and end-of-life planning.

Image Description: Family portraits are interspersed amongst fragments of a Ford-150 that have been arranged into two sculptural forms, one of which is hung on a wall, and the other of which stands upright on the ground. 
Verónica Gaona, To Know and to Dream at the Same Time, 2022, Courtesy of the artist.

7. Ester Hernandez

Ester Hernandez (she/her) was born in California’s San Joaquin Valley to a Mexican farm worker family. The UC Berkeley graduate is an internationally acclaimed San Francisco-based visual artist. She is best known for her depiction of Latina/Native women through her pastels, prints and installations. Her work reflects social, political, ecological and spiritual themes.

Image Description: ‚Äč‚ÄčA third gender person with dark braids and a purple undercut smiles and wears an embroidered shirt and ornate gold jewelry against a circular lace backdrop.¬†
Ester Hernandez, Divina, La Muxe, 2023, Courtesy of the artist. 

8. Joiri Minaya

Joiri Minaya (she/her; b. 1990, New York, NY) is a multidisciplinary artist whose work navigates binaries in search of in-betweenness, investigating the female body within constructions of identity, multicultural social spaces and hierarchies. Recent works focus on questioning historic and contemporary representations of black and brown womanhood in relation to an imagined tropical identity from a decolonial stance.

Image Description: A person wearing a full coverage bodysuit with a tropical print crouches in front of a tropical backdrop. 
Joiri Minaya, Container #7, 2020, Courtesy of the artist.

9. Raphael Monta√Īez Ortiz

Raphael Monta√Īez Ortiz (he/him; b. New York, 1934) is a central figure in U.S. Post-war art, whose pioneering practice began with trail-blazing experimental film works in 1957. Ortiz‚Äôs ground-breaking art practice has expressed itself through performance, film, digital media, paintings, collages, ready-mades, destruction concerts, and deconstructed objects. In 1969, Ortiz founded El Museo del Barrio, the first Latino art museum in the US.

Image Description: A triptych unfolds to reveal an assemblage of colorful objects at its center and is flanked by black and white sketches. On top of the triptych is a figurine of a jaguar. 
Raphael Monta√Īez Ortiz, The Memorial, 2019-20, Photo Courtesy of the artist and UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center.

10. Postcommodity

Postcommodity is an interdisciplinary art collective comprised of Cristóbal Martínez (he/him/his; Mestizo), and Kade L. Twist (he/him; Cherokee). Postcommodity’s art functions as a shared Indigenous lens and voice to engage the assaultive manifestations of the global market and its supporting institutions, public perceptions, beliefs, and individual actions that comprise the ever-expanding, multinational, multiracial and multi-ethnic colonizing force that is defining the 21st Century through ever increasing velocities and complex forms of violence.

Image Description: The skeleton of a Modernist wooden roof structure hangs suspended in a gallery. 
Postcommodity, Truck Hunting Near Agua Caliente Reservation, 2021, Photo by Blaine Campbell, Courtesy Remai Modern Museum.

11. Daisy Quezada Ure√Īa

Daisy Quezada Ure√Īa (she/her) is multidisciplinary artist, faculty and studio arts department chair at the Institution of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Within her practice she creates ceramic works, installations, and artist‚Äôs books that thematically connect to ideas around identity and place in relation to social structures that cross imposed borders.

Image Description: A concrete slab with an embedded porcelain jacket sits below a flood light, to its left is bagged earth from the US/Mexico border. 
Daisy Quezada Ure√Īa, Se Vende, 2019, Courtesy of the artist.

12. Diana Solís

Diana Solís (she/they) is a Mexican-born photographer, multidisciplinary artist, and educator whose work practice includes painting, illustration, public murals and installation. She is inspired by Mexican and Chicano culture, memory, cautionary tales, oral and personal histories, queer identities and narratives. Her work examines notions of place, identity, and belonging. As a documentary photographer, Solís has created a vast and ongoing visual archive of LGBTQ+, Latinx and feminist communities and movements from Chicago to Mexico City.

Image Description: Landscape view: Man in foreground with red hood covering his head and face followed by marchers in background holding flags with the Lambda imprinted on them.
Diana Solís, Mexico City Gay Pride March, 1982, Courtesy of the artist.

13. Edra Soto

Edra Soto (she/her) is a Puerto-Rican born artist, curator, educator, and co-director of the outdoor project space, The Franklin. Soto instigate meaningful, relevant, and often difficult conversations surrounding socioeconomic and cultural oppression, erasure of history, and loss of cultural knowledge. Growing up in Puerto Rico, and now immersed in her Chicago community, Soto’s work has evolved to raise questions about constructed social orders, diasporic identity, and the legacy of colonialism.

Image Description: A geometric blue structure resembling a house floats on the surface of a lake. Its reflection in the water creates the appearance that it is suspended between earth and sky. 
Edra Soto, Casa-Isla | House-Island, 2022, Courtesy of the artist.

14. Maria Cristina (Tina) Tavera

Maria Cristina (Tina) Tavera (she/her) is a multidisciplinary artist whose work examines signifiers determined by our society on how people define themselves and their cultures in everyday life. The work focuses on the Latinidad within the U.S. via numerous mediums including printing, sculpture, installation, public art. Since 2019, she has served as the founding executive director of Serpentina Arts, an arts collaborative dedicated to promoting the professional and creative development of Minnesota Latinx visual artists.

Image Description: A film still in black and white shows two feet in a pair of low-heeled white shoes against a desert landscape. 
Maria Cristina (Tina) Tavera, Zozobra, 2021, Courtesy of the artist.

15. Mario Ybarra Jr.

Mario Ybarra Jr. (he/him; b.1973) Mexican-American, a conceptual artist born and raised in Los Angeles. His artwork operates as examinations of excluded social norms, often examining complete environments, histories, and narratives. About his works, he says, "My artworks, when successful, try to expand the field of traditional portraiture, landscape and self-portraiture by creating time-based works and immersive installations."

Image Description: A man wears a tan fishing cap over a tan balaclava. He is wearing a pair of black, framed glasses, and a mustache and goatee are visible. 
Mario Ybarra Jr., Invisible Man…, 2012, Image courtesy of Honor Fraser Gallery, Image Credit: Joshua White Photography.

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