Cheo González was born in Chile in the driest desert in the world. Being gay, he was educated in a traditional Catholic school filled with ancient religious images and readings from sacred texts that extolled guilt. He grew up surrounded by weapons during one of the worst known dictatorships, while his father, a guerrilla fighter against the dictatorship, along with other members of the family were tortured and imprisoned. It’s easy to recognize all this influence in his work: elements of protest graffiti, religious imagery, and an urge to denounce.
Cheo González’s work is not always easy to digest, many times it’s like a punch in the face, but sometimes a punch is what we need to pay attention.
In a time of destruction, create something.