Introducing Elsa Munoz--
Chicago oil painter converging stylistic realism with diverse subject matter through her intimate oil paintings.
Permanent Collection: Claro y Obscuro, "Drifting Wood"- National Museum of Mexican Art- 2011
"My choice of subject matter is directly influenced by my cultural identity and experience growing up on the south side of Chicago, daughter to working class Mexican immigrants. The threat of gang violence kept me indoors for most of my childhood and adolescence. Then, violence inside our home made me ultimately retreat into myself. My aesthetic was largely born out of two things: first, an early awareness of my powerlessness and isolation and secondly, being offered an alternative narrative through encountering poetry. I believe it is this tension that is at the heart of much of my imagery." Elsa Munoz