Natalia Anciso’s work is focused on the identities produced in communities living along the Rio Grande Valley. By pinpointing struggles of poverty, life history and lived experiences growing up as a dark-skinned Mexican- American girl, Anciso gives a voice to the exploited community. Joseph Gross Gallery is proud to present a selection of Anciso’s current body of work.
They Try to Bury Us features extensive forms of media including paintings, drawings, and tapestries. Anciso’s juxtaposition of playful colors and somber figures creates a dialogue in regards to the culture of the Rio Grande divide. Her work explores messages with sociopolitical connotations, connections and critique, from The Borderlands to the Bay Area, and across impoverished rural and inner-city communities throughout the United States.
She currently works and resides in San Francisco, California where she obtained her MFA and an MA in Education at Berkley. Her work has been exhibited at various venues including the San Jose Museum of Art, the Oakland Museum of California, the Mexic-Arte Museum of Austin, the National Hispanic Cultural Center Art Museum in Albuquerque, and Recyclart at Station Brussel-Kapellekerk in Brussels, Belgium.
This exhibition is supported by the Dr. Joseph F Gross Endowment, Lionel Rombach Endowment, and the University of Arizona School of Art.