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Based in Las Vegas, Nevada, and known for large-scale installations and sculptures that manifest his interactions with American pop culture and the Latinx experience, Justin Favela has exhibited his work both internationally and across the United States. His installations have been commissioned by museums including the Denver Art Museum in Colorado and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas. His latest major project, Puente Nuevo, is on view in Fort Worth, Texas, at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, through June 2020. He is the recipient of the 2018 Alan Turing LGTBIQ Award for International Artist. Favela hosts two culture-oriented podcasts, “Latinos Who Lunch” and “The Art People Podcast.” He holds a BFA in fine art from UNLV.
Justin explains his work by saying, “As a multidisciplinary artist, I like to express my identity exploring the notions of authenticity and place using familiar materials to make large scale installations, sculptures and paintings. My interest in art history, Latinx culture, community, celebration, home and my obsession with pop-culture inform my practice with the intention of dismantling institutional hierarchies, making my work accessible and fun. As a queer person of color in the United States I believe that expressing joy, taking up space and simply existing is a political act.”