Ismael De Anda III
Using mutant practices including digital photo-collage, drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, and interactive, site-specific projects, de Anda’s work is inspired by his pluralistic upbringing on the U.S./Mexico border and living in Los Angeles.
De Anda’s personal concept of the mutant, a condition of unexpected evolution, was born from his adolescent reading of X-Men comics that featured mutant outsiders/anti-heroes whose special abilities set them apart, as well as de Anda’s own Mexican-American ethnicity. The mutant refers to mixing of artistic processes and the potential of the multi-ethnic existence of those living in the U.S. in exchange with diverse world cultures as a blend of developing culture not yet forecasted.
De Anda’s works are often site-specific, inspired by the communities in which they are created, using locally sourced materials.
De Anda was awarded the 2010 Japan-United States Arts Program Fellowship by the Asian Cultural Council and the 2017 Ryla T. & John F. lott Endownment for Excellence in the Visual Arts Artist in Residence. Texas Tech Universtiy School of Art/Department of Human Sciences. He received a 2019 California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists.