As a first generation Mexican -American in Los
Angeles, Luis-Genaro draws upon the social subject-matter of Jose Guadalupe
Posada & David Alfaro Siqueiros to reflect a modernized concept of social surrealism. His
work, a combination of two backgrounds; a 1st generation
Mexican-American raised in South Los Angeles, and an educator focused
on social change through art pedagogy, has gradually
transformed from reflecting injustice through the popular culture of
Dia de los Muertos to a contemporary “social realism and surrealism,”
referencing institutional injustice of minorities.
Luis-Genaro, an art teacher at his alma mater, Thomas Jefferson High
school, and a Master of Public Art Studies from the University of
Southern California, uses
an art-based methodology of civic engagement along with Paulo Freire’s theory of
Critical Pedagogy. His focus: to challenge and
change the educational limitations of urban students through the use of public art and civic engagement.
"Social Change begins in the classroom and continues in the streets."
Luis Genaro Garcia ~
Jefferson High- Class of 1996 "Demo Pride, East Side!"
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