Eliseo Angel Casiano is a painter and Oklahoma native. Through the creation of re-imagined portraiture, he interprets biographical events that examine representations of race, family relationships, and his maneuverability through a space of otherness. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from East Central University in Ada, OK, and his Master of Fine Arts from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA. His paintings have been shown widely across the United States, including the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and Transformer in Washington, D.C. He was a fellow at the Vermont Studio Center in 2018 and his work is featured in issues 136 and 150 of New American Paintings. He is currently based in Tucson, AZ.
Tell us about the work you have in this exhibition.
20″ x 20″
Acrylic on canvas
Blanket is a portrait of my father painted shortly after he suffered a heart attack and underwent quadruple bypass surgery. In this composition, my father evolves into a figural stone barrier-resting mortality and continuing to guard his family against threats in our shared political climate.
What draws you to your chosen medium, what do you love about it?
My process begins by creating photoshop collages from family photographs. It’s the fastest way I sort through and handle imagery. Sometimes my compositions stay digital, but I frequently use them as blueprints for painting. Painting keeps me engaged and I learn more about color with each composition.
What inspires you to make art?
My paintings relate to my family’s history. My earliest desire to make imagery stems from my mother. She had a cake shop business when I was a child. Her lavish five-tier wedding cakes were beautiful, but I was initially drawn to her paintings of Disney and Looney Toons characters on birthday cakes.