Oscar Moya (b. 1956, Mexico City) is an accomplished visual artist/printmaker. Oscar has exhibited at The National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, The El Paso Museum of Art in El Paso, Texas, and Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin, Texas, which all have his work in their permanent collections. Oscar has exhibited in many national and international galleries including El Museo Contemporáneo de Tijuana, in Baja California. He has also participated in group exhibitions in the U.S.A. and internationally, including in Mexico, and Europe. Oscar migrated to the United States of America 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 Sueños in Chicago. He is a former member of La Prensa/Southwest Printmakers in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Moya resides in El Paso, Texas since 2005.
Oscar Moya • Galactic Eye, 2016. Dry point on paper
The Mal de Ojo / Evil Eye is believed to be cast by an envious or malevolent glare. Many cultures around the world believe that receiving the evil eye will cause misfortune or injury. The origins of this superstition are as diverse as the talismans which protect against the evil eye, as follows:
Common ground amongst these cultures is that the talisman provides the hope of divine protection, as in my culture (Mexican) El Ojo de Venado / The Eye of the Deer hanging from a bracelet. The song that inspired this image was “Show Me” by the Pretenders written by Chrissie Hynde, particularly the line that says, “Welcome here from outer space, the Milky Way is still in your eyes.” My take on this is that the child is the talisman; he is also the protector, and a newly arrived Galactic being.
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