Mike Moreno

Mike Moreno

b.1957

As a child Mike was influenced by traveling carnivals and circuses which opened his mind to artistic illusion and fantasy.His influences included artists Keith Haring, Salvador Dali, Leonardo De Vinci, the Aztec and Maya cultures. He includes concepts related to amazing alternative universes existing outside of our forced realty. His art incorporates the cosmic wave length which is within all of us and in Disco music.

He utilizes art techniques in tuned with his New Mexican heritage, intertwining Mexican, Native American and Spanish/New Mexican culture. Mixed media is his preferred choice. His art is a reflection of social issues, sexuality and spirituality. He makes art to make people laugh, cry and think, in hopes that they will explore their own creativity for the good of our universe. In 1987 he helped co-found “VIVA”, a Los Angeles non-profit organization that worked to discover, empower and promote Latino/a LGBTQ Artists. Even after its closure it has continued to be a catalyst for many artists. His work as an artist and activist are included in University of California Los Angeles publications (UCLA) and his personal archives are located at the One Center Archive at the University of Southern California (USC)Los Angeles.

Mike's art work was part of the 2017 Pacific Standard Time exhibit, “Mundos Alternos” at UCR ARTSBlock in Riverside, California. The exhibit then traveled to the Queens Museum in New York was from April to August 2019. He also recently coordinated the 2019 Belen Street Banner Art Competition for Belen Main Street Partnership currently on exhibit on Becker Avenue in Belen New Mexico.

His extensive community organizing experience includes serving as the AIDS Memorial Quilt National Volunteer Coordinator from 1994-1997. Mike is currently based in Belen, NM.

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My art is my response to social activism and the continued rebirth of my soul. I prefer invention and crudeness in my art form, versus the formulas of art gentrification as prescribed by society. Art does not have to be common nor should it be privileged.