About the Artist
Dulce María López González’s art is based on her experience as a low-income Mexican immigrant woman living in the United States. Her artworks intend to shake the audience out of their comfort zone, in order to provoke, question and analyze societal structures. Inspired by the Mexican Muralist and Art movement during the 1920s and the Oaxacan xerography artists, Dulce uses painting, screen printing, watercolor art, and music in her projects. She addresses racism, sexism, immigration, culture, politics, and drug trafficking.
Her piece titled “My accent suena a inmigración” (2016) is an example of Dulce’s effort to celebrate immigrants and fight the stereotypes of people who have an accent. “El Jefe de Jefes” (2015) explores the complexity of the existence, creation, and power dynamics in the drug business. Works such as “Humanx” (2016) condemns the sexualization of womxn by cis-men. Currently, López is dedicating her artwork towards the exploration of positionality, violence, and immigration. She aspires to use her work to bring awareness about powerful issues and ultimately, to motivate people to create a positive change in the world, their future, and the future of others.
Dulce was born and raised in Jalisco, México where she began drawing from a very young age. Because of her family’s economic struggle, Dulce sold doodles to her classmates, sparking an interest in art. At age seven, she worked in the fields in addition to helping with housework and taking care of her studies. When she turned eleven years old, her family and she migrated to California. Drawing was Dulce’s only way to communicate since she did not know English. As a passionate advocate for justice against the many systems of oppression she experienced and witnessed throughout her life, she taught herself English. Later, she went on to pursue her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Berkeley, where she majored in Media Studies and minored in a Practice of Art. She hopes to continue doing art and mobilize to fight for the well-being of the people in her home country and her community in the United States.