Assistant Professor of Print Media
MFA, Printmaking, University of Dallas, 2008
MA, Art, University of Dallas, 2006
BA, Studio Art, Baylor University, 2004
Humberto Saenz is a Mexican artist currently residing in Wichita, Kansas. He holds the position of Assistant Professor, Graduate Faculty, and Area Head of Print Media at Wichita State University. He teaches introductory, intermediate, and advanced level printmaking courses. He has been interviewed for Think MTV, the Houston Chronicle, and the Dallas Morning News. He exhibits his artwork throughout the United States and abroad in solo, juried, and invitational exhibitions. Recent exhibitions include the Flatbed Contemporary Art Fair 2015, Austin, TX; Dishman Art Museum, Beaumont, TX.; El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, TX.; Leopoldo Carpinteyro Gallery of IMNRC Instituto Mexicano Norteamericano de Relaciones Culturales, Monterrey, Nuevo Laredo, México; Latino Cultural Center, Dallas, TX.; and the Center for the Arts Bosque Gallery in Cypress, TX.
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.
Current Courses: Introduction to Printmaking
Fabric and Textile Printing
ShockPress Collaborative Workshop
ifPDA-NY (New York Print Fair)