J. Manuel Carmona

Having been born in Texas along the Mexican border, raised in Mexico, and then spending the majority of my adult life in the USA, my work is greatly informed by my binational Mexican/American heritage, my queer identity, and the liminal intersection of the LGBTQI and Latino communities of San Francisco. I have explored these communities and concepts through varied and diverse artistic approaches, making murals, posters, sculptures, and art installations that in some way satisfy my own personal curiosity, respond to the immediate context, honor the message, and impact the spectator. As I continue to explore the power of public art, I hope to use my work to inspire individuals with the pride and love that I feel for my two countries of heritage, my LGBTQI community, and to bring focus to the duality of millions of Mexican-Americans living and traveling between both sides of this border.

EXPERIENCE

  • 2017 Be Heard, Chicago, IL
  • 2017 Art of Pride, San Francisco, CA
  • 2017 JM PRIDE MURAL PROJECT, San Francisco, CA
  • 2017 Solo Show, The Academy SF, San Francisco, CA
  • 2016 “Student Choice Award” Spring Show 2016, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA
  • 2016 Spring Show 2016, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA
  • 2015 “Memories For Sale” Group Show, Hall-Barnet Gallery, New Orleans, LA
  • 2015 Spring Show 2015, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA
  • 2010 “Fiesta de Animas” Day of the Dead Installation, Queretaro, Mexico

EDUCATION

  • MASTER OF FINE ARTS
    (3D modeling), Academy of Art University. San Francisco, California. (2012-2016)
  • BACHELOR IN ARCHITECTURE
    Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), Queretaro, Mexico. Graduated with Honors. (2004-2008)