ABOUT THE ARTIST
Patrick McGrath Muñiz is a Houston based artist from Puerto Rico, working primarily with oil paintings on canvas and retablos. His work is inspired after Old Master and Spanish colonial paintings while addressing issues such as colonialism, consumerism and climate change.
Some of his previous solo shows have been at Museo de las Americas, San Juan, PR, Museo Convento Las Capuchinas in Antigua, Guatemala, Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, Mesa, Arizona and the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Fort Worth, Texas. Patrick's work has also been shown at the Bronx Museum, NY, Spanish Colonial Arts Museum, Santa Fe, NM, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico and The Holocaust Museum and Station Museum in Houston, TX.
He obtained a BFA (Magna Cum Laude) in Fine Arts from the School of Fine Arts of San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2003 and an MFA (Suma Cum Laude) from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2006. Patrick's work can be found at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, The Spanish Colonial Arts Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the Mesa Contemporary Art Museum, in Mesa, Arizona as well as a number of private collections in the United States, Europe, and Latin America. In 2017 with Maria, the artist lost his home and main art studio in Puerto Rico. He now lives in his new home in New Terriroty, Texas with his wife Blanca and son, Francis.
As an artist living in Houston, with a Roman Catholic background and growing up during the 1980's and 90's in the island of Puerto Rico, the oldest colony in the Western hemisphere, my work responds to our capitalist and consumerist society by tracing its origins to the time of Columbus. Adopting Renaissance painting techniques on canvas and retablos reminiscent of Spanish colonial art, allows me to emulate earlier indoctrination strategies and devices from the time of the conquest of the Americas. This in turn provides historical continuity between the Colonial and the Neo-colonial narratives present in the Anthropocene, an epoch defined by the enormous impact of human activities on the Earth's ecosystems. Through satirical narratives, anachronisms and a re-contextualization of history I'm able to explore and shed light on the colonial roots of the ruling Corpocracy with its Neo-colonial ramifications. By appropriating figures and icons from History, Mythology, Tarot, Spanish Colonial Iconography and Pop Culture, I create scenes that mirror my own experience living in a world impacted by technology, climate change, social inequality and global pandemics. The aim is to reflect on how our capitalist doctrines and consumerist habits have modified our appreciation towards history, nature and ourselves.
To see a YouTube brief video of the evolution of my work over two decades click the image below: