Assistant Professor of Printmaking BFA, Baylor University; MA, University of Dallas; MFA, University of Dallas
Humberto Saenz is a Mexican artist currently residing in Wichita, Kansas. He was born
in Tamaulipas, Mexico and in the mid 1980’s Humberto, with his two parents, immigrated to the
U.S. Mission, Texas became home, where Saenz learned English as a second language and went on to graduate from Mission High. Saenz studied Studio Arts at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, in 2006 and 2008, respectively, earned a Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art with concentration in Printmaking from the University of Dallas. As Assistant Professor, Graduate Faculty, and Area Head of Printmaking at Wichita State University, Saenz teaches introductory, intermediate, and advanced level printmaking courses. Saenz has appeared on Think MTV, been interviewed by the Houston Chronicle and The Dallas Morning News, and exhibits his artwork throughout the United States and abroad in solo, juried, and invitational exhibitions. Recent exhibitions include the Dishman Art Museum, Beaumont, Tx.; El Paso Musuem of Art, El Paso, Tx.; Leopoldo Carpinteyro Gallery of IMNRC Intituto Mexicano Norteamericano de Relaciones Culturales, Monterrey, Nuevo Laredo, México; the Latno Cultural Center, Dallas, Tx.; and the Center for the Arts Bosque Gallery in Cypress, Tx.
Artist Statement: My art aims to empower the viewer with knowledge about immigration issues which have affected and segregated Mexican immigrant communities. The immigration issue within the political consciousness has fragmented the voice of the American culture to one of dissent and superiority. The issues that interest me within this strife are tradition, politics, and the immigrant struggle. My imagery depicts issues which affect the community through the appropriation of mythological stories and contemporary immigrant issues. Within my imagery the piñata is a signifier of the Mexican culture and the Mexican immigrants. The piñatafication of the figures represents the objectification of minorities and points to the loss of culture, identity, and the division of disenfranchised immigrant communities.