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CELESTE DE LUNA

CELESTE DE LUNA

Celeste De Luna is a painter/printmaker from the Rio Grande Valley, Texas. She received her MFA from the University of Texas Pan American in 2008. She has shown artwork in group exhibitions since 2007 in the various cities in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, San Antonio, Houston, Austin, San Diego, San Francisco, Council Bluffs, and Chicago. “A true daughter of the borderlands, her art celebrates the quotidian and the exceptional on the border,” writes Ines Hernandez-Avila. De Luna continues to explore the geo-political aspects of post-911 militarization of her environment such as border walls, drones, checkpoints, and bridges. Much of De Luna’s work is centered on the border experiences of mixed documentation status communities. Her iconography frequently shows razor wire, fences, bridges, and “anchor babies”. De Luna started as a painter but now primarily works as a self-taught printmaker whose work includes large scale woodcuts. Influenced by political printmakers of the Chicago school such as Carlos Cortez and Mexican master Jose Guadalupe Posada, her violent subject matter is social commentary with a feminine sensibility. Currently, De Luna has also begun printing on fabric and experimenting with sewing and installation. Recently, De Luna’s work was included in the book Entre Guadalupe Y Malinche by Ines Hernandez-Avila and Norma E. Cantu and published by UT Press. She works part time at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and lives with her family in Harlingen, Texas.

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