Ulises Vaquerano

San Salvador, El Salvador

Ulises Vaquerano has completed a series of illustrations, aptly titled Madrigueras, for Indie Grits 2017, based off of the theme Visiones. His work will be featured in our upcoming festival guide and will be the official artwork for our 2017 festival posters. Using ink as his medium, Vaquerano’s style graphic and detailed– filled will surreal imagery and symbolism.

Ulises Vaquerano is a Salvadoran visual artist, based in Mexico City. He grew up, sheltered from one of the most violent societies in the world, raised by a generation trying to rebuild their lives after a historic civil war. His work is a visual journey of how the juxtaposition of these two Salvadoran realities and experiences have shaped him.

Vaquerano touches upon themes like memory, gender, queer art and migration; having been able to experience the latter since residing in Mexico.

Vaquerano graduated with a degree in Graphic Design from Jose Matias Delgado University in El Salvador. He also has a degree in Live Cinema and Sound design from the School of Art and Design at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

Madrigueras is an abstract series that digs through the inner workings of the human mind. Each piece is a sensory portrait of a person, based on the artist’s perception of various stimuli. These drawings allude to shared experiences, narratives, and ideals shared with the subject.

Ulises Vaquerano

 

Madrigueras  is an abstract series that digs through the inner workings of the human mind.

Each piece is a sensory portrait of a person, based on the artist’s perception of various stimuli. These drawings allude to shared experiences, narratives, and ideals shared with the subject.

El Hormiguero (The Anthill)


The paths that make up this collective memory are like the labyrinths within an anthill, a collection of trails made by those who have travelled them. This structure, rendered structurally unstable from so many journeys into its depths, needs a stable foundation to continue to build.

 

La Baldosa (The Floor Tile)


The frontiers of our mind remind me of a staircase where each floor has a different tile pattern. Each pattern represents a different region of Latin America. It is a bipolar head which divides each mental journey into a city and a jungle: one is in the head and the other hides a hidden treasure.

 

Los Circuitos (The Circuits)


The frontiers of our digital and physical presence around the world are guarded by “firewalls” and visas are the passwords. Our collective memory has grown and evolved to reflect changing technologies and collective memories, rewarding us with new opportunities to share our changing cultural identity.