Luis Alvaro Sahagún Nuño

Ogden Contemporary Arts Announces Third Artist in Residence

OCA is excited to see Luis Alvaro Sahagún Nuño’s plan to heal within the community.

Ogden, UT (December 2023) Ogden Contemporary Arts is thrilled to announce their third annual Artist-in-Residence, multi-disciplinary artist Luis Alvaro Sahagún Nuño. This residency marks three years in OCA’s ongoing commitment to fostering artistic creativity and innovation in the community.  Luis Alvaro Sahagún will arrive in Ogden on January 5th to begin the two-month residency, which will result in a solo exhibition at Ogden Contemporary Arts in Spring 2024.

Sahagún was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, and currently lives in Asheville, North Carolina. He is a multidisciplinary artist that focuses on “painting, performances, and sculptures that confront the palpable inescapability of race, transforming them into acts of cultural reclamation”. Sahagún has exhibited across the nation at places such as the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art (Roswell, NM), Latchkey Gallery NYC, Charlie James Gallery (Los Angeles), Arvika Art Gallery (Sweden), The National Museum of Mexican Art (Chicago), EXPO Chicago, and the Chicago Cultural Center, and many others. He is also represented by Latchkey Gallery in New York City, and is a 3Arts awardee and a 2023 United States Artist Fellow.

Residency Details:

During the two-month-long residency, Sahagún will bring a unique blend of artistry and healing to the local community, drawing on their extensive experience as a teaching artist and artist-healer. The residency will feature a botanica studio to conduct limpia rites for OCA visitors. “OCA is thrilled to be welcoming Luis Alvaro Sahagún Nuño into Ogden’s community.” Says OCA Executive Director Venessa Castagnoli. “We are really excited about Luis’ unique approach of inviting our visitors into his studio to experience limpia rituals and believe it will create a new perspective of what art is and how it heals.”

About the Artist:

As a multi-disciplinary artist with a socially engaged art practice, Luis Alvaro Sahagún Nuño creates drawings, sculptures, and paintings that confront the palpable inescapability of race, transforming art into an act of cultural and spiritual reclamation. Sahagún writes “I grew up undocumented and disconnected, and my practice is in part a response to this.” He conjures indigenous spiritualities to embody the aesthetics of personal histories, cultural resistance, and colonial disruption. He continues “I am the grandson of a Curandera and myself a practitioner of Curanderismo, and when I make art I am making a mystical instrument that forges a pre-conquest connection to interrupt Eurocentric models and heal wounds of colonization. My art combats historical and cultural erasure and uses creativity as a decolonizing ritual”.

He has exhibited at venues including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; The Bronx Museum of the Arts NYC, Latchkey Gallery NYC, Charlie James Gallery (Los Angeles), Arvika Art Gallery (Sweden), The National Museum of Mexican Art (Chicago), and the Chicago Cultural Center, among others.  Luis Alvaro Sahagún Nuño’s artwork has been covered in publications such as Artforum, the Los Angeles Times, Newcity, and the Chicago Tribune.

Contribution to the Arts Community:

OCA’s mission for the Artist-in-Residence program is to bring national and international artists to Ogden to ignite, inspire and influence our local community, while also providing these promising artists time and resources to develop their personal studio practice. Residents are expected to engage with the Northern Utah community through programming such as artist talks, studio visits, and/or workshops. In addition to 24-hour studio space in OCA Center’s Studio Lofts, the selected resident is awarded a production budget, living stipend, housing, an artist honorarium, and childcare assistance if needed. The program embraces artists with families, collaborating with community partners to ensure it is a positive experience for the artist’s spouse and/or children. OCA also offers professional photography and videography to capture the process and exhibition that the artist can utilize for their portfolio.