“I am trying to use my paintings as tools for education and ways to start conversation. I have the opportunity to start a conversation that will let others think and then do their own investigating” — Cornelio Campos
Cornelio Campos is a self-taught Mexican-American artist based in Durham, N.C. Mr. Campos immigrated to the United States from Mexico as a teenager—a journey and process that now influence many of his paintings. Vibrant colors, iconic American symbols, and intricate geometric patterns define Mr. Campos’s work. Through his paintings, he illustrates some of the harsh realities of immigrating to America that immigrants often overlook. Moreover, he highlights deep-seated political issues that contribute to Mexican immigration, including the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. As an artist with no formal training, Mr. Campos’s paintings exemplify techniques that he has learned through observation, and often defy traditional color schemes. His paintings contain therapeutic, controversial, and enlightening elements that make them both unique and unforgettable.