Miguel A. Aragón was born and raised in Ciudad Juárez, México. Prior to his appointment at the College of Staten Island, Professor Aragon taught Printmaking, Foundations and Design courses at the Universidad Autónoma de Cd. Juarez in México for several years and in 2011 he was a Visiting Professor at Northern Illinois University where he taught Printmaking courses at both Undergraduate and Graduate levels.
Through the use processes that are reductive in nature he continues to produce a series of works that addresses the Mexican Drug Cartel Wars where thousands of people have died in drug-related violence. He ties together process and subject matter trough the use of metaphors and visual metonymies exploring the idea of perception, memory and transformation. His work is derived from a need to find meaning in these brutal events that repositions the corpse in our field of vision, reminding us that our physical existence is finite.
MFA The University of Texas at Austin
BFA The University of Texas at El Paso
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In 2012 he received the Artist of the Year in Printmaking Award by the Austin Visual Arts Association and the Austin Critics Table Award for Artist of the Year. Along with other numerous awards, his work has been exhibited and reviewed nationally and internationally in venues such as the International Print Center New York, Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco CA, FotoFest in Houston TX, OSDE Espacio de Arte in Argentina, Austin Museum of Art, Mexic-Arte Museum, and in countries such as Canada, Japan, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
His work is also included in numerous public and private collections; these include The University of Arkansas Little Rock, National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago IL; Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin TX; Fort Wayne Museum of Art in Fort Wayne IN and Kyoto International Woodcut Association in Kyoto Japan to name a few.