Michael Cajero is active/lives in Arizona / Africa. Michael Cajero is known for figural abstract sculpture.
Biography from Eric Firestone Gallery
For the past thirty years Cajero has concentrated on furthering the Arte Povera and Process Art movements. His themes range from universal dramas,current events, as and Mexican folktales that so impressed him in his youth.
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In his assemblage sculpture, his primary mediums are cast-off materials and are a combination of exotically patterned gift-wrap, brown corrugated cardboard, and shredded computer and document paper culled from waste receptacles. Colored with acrylic paint, these mediums become the flesh, hair and clothes that cover skeletons of thick, yet easily bendable aluminum wire.
For several years his signature figures were ablaze in wild color and pattern, but an exploration of ceramics made Cajero see that the carbon produced in the raku process could also be manipulated in his papier-mâché pieces. Black produced depth, defined breaks in color and movement, and emphasized mass. It helped create silhouettes and connected to his drawings like never before.
Through color and papier-mâché, a time-tested craft borrowed from traditional Mexican folk artists, Cajero strives to imbue his figures with great realism so that his sculptures take on individual personas and are empowered by the artist to exhibit a full range of emotions. He describes a sculpture's personality, profession, or social standing through its visage, posture and clothing.
Cajero focuses on modeling the everyday person and uses mass, broken color and fragmented pattern to define shapes and set mood and convey the intimate understanding of the frailty, resilience and strength of their models and subjects. One of his themes is conveying uneasiness about the world's current political, economic, religious, and social frictions. Cajero's ragged figures, feral creatures and turbulent installations draw inspiration from ancient history, art history, folklore, literature, music, mythology, poetry and a concern for the human condition.
Cajero intends his work to be powerful and magical performative creations, simultaneously baroque and surreal, and to captivate and puzzle, transporting all who enter his dark sculptural worlds into a profound sense of wonder and hope.
Michael Cajero was born in Tucson, Arizona in 1947. He holds a BFA from the University of Arizona and an MFA in Painting, Sculpture and Art History from Kent State University. Cajero has been the recipient of Visual Arts Fellowships from the Tucson Pima Arts Council in 1994 and 2001, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1993-1994, His papier-mâché works are in the permanent collection of the Tucson Museum of Art and the Phoenix Art Museum.
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