Bemis School of Art

Jerry Vigil

Visiting Artist

Jerry Vigil, a self-taught, well-established artist of Colorado, uses a mixture of traditional and nontraditional materials to carry on the stories of the Latino Community. He famously takes the Calavera and intertwines the aesthetic with pop culture idols of Latino descent. By using the skeleton—a powerful symbolic feature of the Mexican Identity. Jerry also does the same with Saints as practicing contemporary Santero in the Spanish Colonial style — it speaks on the dual identity of the Mexican American.

Locally, Jerry has co-curated the “Familia Grande” exhibit at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum. The exhibit, the first of its kind, is about the former heavily Latino Conejos Neighborhood in Colorado Springs. Jerry also worked with the Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, with their El Dia de los Muertos.

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