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National and International Recognition for Professor Carlos Donjuan


Carlos Donjuan received Over 2,000 votes and was selected as New American Paintings Reader’s Choice Artist of 2013. Donjuan will receive $500 in cash from New American Paintings and $1000 in gift certificates to our annual prize sponsor Dick Blick Art Materials. Below Donjuan speaks about his current project and its inspiration.

“My current body of work deals with the idea of illegal aliens. As a kid, I remember hearing the term and not knowing what it meant. I always wondered what everyone was talking about and imagined weird creatures. I wanted to know what they looked like and wanted to meet one. As I got older, I figured out that people were talking about me. I wasn’t much different from everyone else except for the fact that I was born on the other side of a border. It was a little heartbreaking, I guess, but I used the negativity to fuel my work. Now, as an adult, I’ve revisited the idea of what I used to think an illegal alien looked like. I’ve started to revisit and interpret those childhood memories in my paintings. So now you find masked figures, hybrid animal people, pyramids, and blob creatures that represent aliens who are on a journey to a better life.” – Carlos Daniel Donjuan, 2013

Additionally Professor Donjuan will be traveling to Italy for a show on February 13, 2014 in Milan. He has worked diligently to complete all new pieces that will be exhibited at Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea Gallery and he has been invited on an all-expense paid trip to Milan courtesy of the gallery.