My work articulates our longing for everyday magic. It marries the tradition and unassuming nature of genre painting with contemporary influences, at times creating friction that translates to the anxiety and restlessness of modern life. The subjects of my portraits portray a profound and intimate longing, responding to the ache of alienation with an unwavering declaration of autonomy. They open up a space of quiet contemplation where the viewer is invited to momentarily surrender their worries and rest in the universal desire for truth, love, and meaning.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Cristina Marquez is a Mexican-American artist and musician currently living and working in Chicago.
Marquez holds BA’s in Art History and Painting from the University of Saint Francis. Her practice explores themes of dysphoria and the interplay of fantasy and reality. Growing up first-generation and queer in rural Indiana lead to an early fascination with these themes.
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