Patrick McGrath Muñiz
(24 x 30 inches, oil and gold leaf on canvas, 2017)
(30 x 30 inches, oil and metal leaf on canvas, 2017)
"After experiencing Harvey in Houston and witnessing Hurricane Maria passing over Puerto Rico and Irma in Florida, where most of my family and friends live, the issue of Climate Change became even more personal. As an artist, I feel a responsibility to re-tell the story of climate change the way I know best, in drawings, paintings and altarpieces.
By appropriating figures and icons present in Art History, Pop Culture, Christian Iconography and Mythology, I create nautical scenes that mirror my own experience living in a world of stronger storms, hurricanes and floods. This re-contextualization of history allows me to start a conversation about what it means to be living in the Anthropocene while shedding new light on how our capitalist and consumerist doctrines have modified our appreciation towards history, nature and ourselves."
Patrick McGrath Muñiz is an an artist from Puerto Rico now living in Houston, Texas. His work consists primarily of oil painting on canvas and retablo panels inspired by spanish colonial iconography, history, religion, mythology and pop culture. Visit him at www.patrickmcgrath-art.com.