Oscar Moya (b. Mexico City) is an accomplished artist who has participated in group exhibitions in the USA and in Mexico including the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, La Llorona Art Gallery, Casa de Cultura Juchitán in Oaxaca, Mexico and El Museo Contemporaneo de Tijuana, in Baja California. Oscar migrated to the USA at age 15 and labored as a migrant worker from San Antonio, Texas to settle in the West Town-Humboldt Park Community in Chicago. He attended the School of Art Institute of Chicago and was actively involved in the Chicago mural movement. Oscar was an arts activist at MARCH, Casa Aztlan, MIRA, Inc., El Taller Community Gallery and Casa de Cultura Calles y Suenos in Chicago. He is currently a member of La Prensa/Southwest Printmakers in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Moya resides in El Paso, Texas, since 2005.
Oscar Moya (El Paso, USA): Vejigante, The Last Temptation of Sali, 2008
In memory of my late wife Salima Rivera de Moya, she was Puerto Rican and grew up in Chicago. In Spain vejigantes were demons meant to terrify people, in Puerto Rico they took on a new face because of the African and Taino influence. St. James saint day is celebrated in Puerto Rico with the use of the vejigantes. The new millennium brought us new hope and a reason to celebrate life. The floating eyes on glasses represent temptation, the background a network of decease cells, and the vejigante, the duality of the ever present demon in all of us.
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