Art and The Politics of Geography – Gonzalo Fuenmayor

Gonzalo Fuenmayor

“I started painting bananas to exoticize myself; it started as a joke and developed into a commentary on belonging.’ Gonzalo Fuenmayor is a multi-disciplinary artist who has worked in painting and photography, but is best known for his charcoal drawings which, in their precision, resemble black-and-white photographs. He is also a 2014 CHF Grant Finalist. His comments on the role of the artist in an emigre environment (and in general) are fascinating.


  • Artist as foreigner/diaspora: exoticizing oneself & belonging to a place
  • Artist as historicist: the banana trade between West & Central/South America
  • Artist as commentator: the role of the artist in politics and art as vicarious subversion
  • Artist as tease: playfulness and deconstructing the phallic image
  • Marketing yourself in an environment of creative misunderstanding
  • A public internal conversation vs. dialogue with your audience
  • The fear of prostituting oneself by entering the marketplace
  • Discipline and Ambition – the habits of consistency

For more info on Gonzalo and his work, visit

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Daniel DiGriz
Daniel DiGriz is CHF's Creative Director and Director of Educational Programming. He's a founder at corporate consulting firm Free Agent Source Inc., and Digital Ecologist® at MadPipe which provides creative direction and marketing leadership to multiple firms. His background in Fortune 500 life is in sales and education. Daniel is a corporate storyteller and collector of brand stories who speaks at conferences and hosts podcasts, including The Thriving Artist™ Podcast. His personal website is

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