Armando Cortés

Lecturer

First-Year Core

2021–22 Fellow, St. Elmo Arts Residency

Armando Guadalupe Cortés (BA UCLA 2012, MFA Yale School of Art 2021) was born in Urequio, Michoacán, México and raised in Wilmington, California.

Growing up in two worlds, sharply contrasted yet running parallel, leads Cortés to a fantastical take on the quotidian. Within the everyday of the rural and the industrial lie subtleties that inform his work, that build stories, propagate myth, and create room for histories, magical and otherwise. This myth-making challenges notions of spectacle and viewership while raising the question of myth as antonym to history. In questioning this dichotomy, Corte’s seek to upend the idea of myth and lore as fiction.

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