Born and raised in Ciudad Juárez, México; Miguel A. Aragón now lives and works in New York City, USA; he is an Assistant Professor of Art at the CUNY College of Staten Island.
Aragón’s works explore subjects of violence, transient and/or persistent memory, perception and the multiple; he uses erasure as language through the use of processes that are reductive in nature. Any form of erasure, however violently destructive, can be seen as constructive in some way; something comes through the destruction, the negation of an image is not actually nothing, the void becomes a space nurturing memory of what was there before engaging the viewer into a more lasting experience.
Miguel A. Aragón has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. He has held solo exhibitions and group exhibitions at venues such as the International Print Center New York, Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco CA, FotoFest in Houston TX and in countries such as Argentina, Canada, Germany, and Portugal among many others.
His work is included in the books A Survey of Contemporary Printmaking by Matthew Egan, Michael Ehlbeck and Heather Muise; Arte Tejano: de campos, barrios y fronteras by Cesáreo Moreno and published by Smithsonian Latino Center and Fundación OSDE; Mexico: The Future is Unwritten; Contemporary Artists from Mexico by Luciano Benetton, Ariadna Ramonetti Liceaga, Bárbara Perea, Iñaki Herranz, and Octavio Avendaño Trujillo Davidson.
Aragón has received awards and prizes including a fellowship from Kala Art Institute in Berkeley CA; The Print Center’s Honorary Council Award of Excellence in Philadelphia PA; in 2012, he received The Mexic-Arte Museum’s Contemporary Artist award and was named “Artist of the Year” by both the Austin Visual Art Association and the Austin Critics Table Awards in Austin TX.
Miguel A. Aragón has been invited to participate in Artist residencies in California, Texas and twice in Germany. His work is also included in numerous public and private collections; these include The University of Arkansas Little Rock, National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago IL; Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin TX; Fort Wayne Museum of Art and Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro, NC to name a few.