Mercedes Cardenas is a Chicago based artist and graduate of American Academy of Art in December 2017 with a BFA Specializing in Oil Painting.
Using oil painting on board, my work consist of a figure, or more, reposed in an interior. The figures are placed in the middle making them the main focus of a composition. I use a variety of colors and the arrangement of the objects to let their personality exude through. The scale of my work is given the right amount of space to contain an airy feel and a presence of intimacy between the figure and the viewer.
I strive to show Hispanic minorities in their homes as a way to humanize them. In a political standpoint, in this day and age, there has been a push back with the progress in equality. Unfortunately it’s an effort to try and divide the different from the rest. I want to show that we are not so different, we are all the same no matter how we look like. Yet we are still proud of where we come from. In the background I use Hispanic patterns to display pride in our roots and foliage to show an amiable and tranquil personality. Another issue I cover is feminism, in my pieces containing females, I try to assert a strong personality with either their pose or stare that is directed at the viewer. With my work I can finally give Hispanic minorities a place in history that has been lacking since the beginning. I was inspired by current events to create these pieces and I hope they shed light about what kind of people live alongside us.