ARTIST TALK: A Conversation with Antonio Lechuga & Narong Tintamusik

ARTISTAntonio Lechuga

Antonio Lechuga (b.1985) is a multidisciplinary artist who was born in and based out of Dallas, TX. He attended Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in Los Angeles, CA as well as El Centro College in Dallas, TX.


MARCH 2 - APRIL 6, 2024

In Survival, Death and Home, Antonio Lechuga deconstructs ready-made cobija blankets, a common material found in Latinx households, and through the techniques of collage and applique, builds scenes of endurance, perseverance and survival based around not only his recent personal experience of surviving gun violence here in his home city of Dallas but also pertaining to recent crises regarding human migration along the Texas / Mexico border. Antonio uses these materials as a means to discuss not only how an object of significant regional importance to the Latinx diaspora of Texas can be used as a tool for healing and aid but also to emphasize the fragile line between survival and death abroad and at home.

Antonio’s practice focuses on the intersection of art, design, architecture and social change. He uses a varied visual language of materials and processes to discuss and investigate his culture and existence; both his existence and experiences as a Tejano living in the 21st century and it’s constant battle with the erasure of that history. Antonio uses the current condition of today’s political climate to inform and guide his work. Through investigations, research and new technologies, Antonio begins to piece together new narratives of a future for the Mexican-American of the Texas region while emphasizing and highlighting it’s rich, deep and turbulent past.

He has exhibited work both nationally and internationally but most previously at many regional Dallas-Fort Worth institutions including 500X Gallery, the Geometric MADI Museum, Arts Fort Worth, Craighead Green Gallery, Ro2 Art Gallery, ArtRoom, Love Texas Art Galery and both the Oak Cliff Cultural Center and Latino Cultural Center in Dallas, TX respectively. His work is included in private collections across the U.S. and in 2022 he opened his first solo show titled Fences, at Love Texas Art Gallery in Fort Worth, TX, with his most recent solo exhibition Structures of Softness in August of 2023 at the Oak Cultural Center in Dallas, TX. He has an upcoming solo exhibition slated for 2024 at the Latino Cultural Center and at Daisha Board Gallery in Dallas, TX where he is currently represented.