Miguel Arzabe

Region: Pacific Coast

Website: http://www.miguelarzabe.net

City / State: San Francisco, CA

 Drawing from the textile tradition of his Latinx Bolivian heritage, Miguel Arzabe makes colorful woven paintings that are a remix of the European and the Indigenous traditions. Mining the Western canon of modernist painting, he creates acrylic paintings on canvas that are cut into strips and woven together by hand. His unique patterns are inspired by Andean motifs and symbology that are rooted in one of the oldest active textile traditions in the world. Arzabe’s woven paintings generate self-knowledge through the dismantling of hierarchy between racial identities.