Enrique Chagoya was born in Mexico City in 1953. After studying at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Chagoya moved to the US in 1977, and received his BFA at the San Francisco Art Institute in 1984, and both an MFA and MA from the University of California Berkeley in 1986 and 1987, respectively. Since the early eighties his work has been exhibited across the country and internationally. In 1997 Chagoya won the Biennial Award from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, and was formerly the director of the Galería de la Raza in San Francisco. A 25-year survey of his work opened at the Des Moines Art Center in September of 2007. The survey, aptly titled Borderlandia, presents Chagoya’s cultural dualism and his interest in fusing the diverse elements of his life, from his roots in pre-Columbian art and him immersion in American popular culture. Chagoya’s work, illustrative and narrative paintings, drawings, prints, and codices, draws on a long history of satirical art; and studies the complex relationships between his all of his worlds. His work draws upon many themes, among them, his rich Mexican heritage, modern politics and strains of Catholicism, his focus falling primarily on the U.S.-Mexican axis. Chagoya’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions in California and Oaxaca, Mexico. He was honored by the National Endowment for the Arts and in 1995, he won a Monet Fellowship. He currently lives in San Francisco and teaches at Stanford University.