CORNELIO CAMPOS – MEXICAN MURALIST
“I use my paintings as tools for education and ways to start a conversation. Through conversation we can reach a mutual agreement of ideas, accept ourselves as we are from different cultures. So we can share this space in the place we live in this country without those differences that make us divide. ”
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Cornelio Campos was born in August 1971. Originally from a Mexican indigenous group known as the Purépechas, in Cherán Michoacán, Cornelio Campos first became interested in Art at the age of eight, when he tried to imitate the drawings of the comic books. A local Artist Pánfilo Macías Rosas inspired him to pursue art; This painter had left his town to go to study Art, and when he returned he gave art lessons to the local children. It had a tremendous impact on Mr. Campos; he is the reason, for example, why Mr. Campos currently focuses much of his work on Purépecha culture. Many of his friends and family supported and encouraged Mr. Campos to continue painting. He considers himself lucky to be an Artist in America.
Mr. Campos focuses on three main themes: political issues that include immigration, Mexican folklore (with an emphasis on the culture of Michoacán), and the anthropological symbols of Mexican ethnic groups. The indigenous group to which Cornelio belonged were the Purépechas in Mexico. They were the only group over which the Aztecs had no sovereignty, even though they were geographically close. Cornelio uses the group as a source of inspiration and introspection because he is returning to his roots. He also communicates the realities of immigration in his paintings. His paintings capture his own experience and his struggles when crossing the border; consequently, they allow people who have been through similar experiences to relate to their journey. He likes being able to start conversations with his art, and that in return gives him motivation to continue.
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