Francisco Moreno

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Painting ’12

I am a painter and I have deuteranomaly, a type of red-green color blindness in which the green cones do not detect enough green and are too sensitive to yellows, oranges, and reds. This has led me to create works in which I limit my palette. I may at time use color but in strategic ways.

I am also a Mexican-born American citizen. I think like many immigrants in America, we have a sense of displacement. We embody two different cultures and social histories, if not more. In my work, I try to collapse the source of imagery and create something that communicates that complexity.

These are my realities. When I have a hard time making sense of something in my life, it becomes interesting for me to work through it in my art. Perhaps, I will never find the answer, and so the question will only become more complex; but there is beauty in that. I am just trying to make sense of the world around me. When I realized I couldn’t see all the colors, I just had to think about color differently. Instead of painting with color to create a pictorial space, I use it conceptually or to lay a foundation in which I paint on top of with a grayscale palette.