Desenredando Fronteras

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Murals in the Chicago Loop/Desenredando Fronteras
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Desenredando Fronteras

“Desenredando Fronteras” means "unraveling borders." Hector Duarte’s artwork deals with themes of identity, immigration, and freedom. In this piece, he painted butterflies that begin their journey in Mexico and travel all across the North American continent. In contrast to these free butterflies, human immigration is full of controversial issues and restrictions.

Monarch butterflies in Duarte’s artwork

Hector frequently paints butterflies, especially monarch butterflies, because his birthplace, Caurio de Guadalupe in Mexico, is located near the heart of monarch’s winter habitat. After he moved to Chicago, the butterflies of his childhood recurred in his work as poignant metaphors of transition and transformation.

“My murals are for message. I paint for message, not for decoration.” —— Hector Duarte

The Artist

Hector was born in 1952 in Caurio, Michoacan, Mexico. He studied mural painting at the workshop of David Alfaro Siqueiros in 1977. Since moving to Chicago in 1985, Hector has participated in the creation of more than 45 murals.

Now, Hector has his own studio in Pilsen. He is good at using “dynamic symmetry” in his work, which is a compositional method tying the structure of the mural to the physical architecture, taking into consideration the movements and perspectives of the viewer. He tends to use bright colors.

Murals in the Chicago Loop

Desenredando Fronteras

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