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Maker(s):Sánchez, Juan
Culture:American (1954 - )
Title:I am Ame/Rican
Date Made:1999
Materials:eight color lithograph with chine collé on Goyu and white Somerset satin
Place Made:United States; New Mexico; Albuquerque
Measurements:sheet: 21 3/8 in x 30 1/4 in; 54.2925 cm x 76.835 cm
Narrative Inscription:  in pencil at lower left: 3/20, dated and signed in pencil at lower right: Juan Sánchez 99
Accession Number:  SC 2007.5.3
Credit Line:Purchased with the Elizabeth Halsey Dock, class of 1933, Fund
Museum Collection:  Smith College Museum of Art

curved sheet top, dark abstracted background with torn prints of old photos of a woman and a young boy over which a cartoon flies diagonally across the image with flaming feet

Label Text:
"To search for racial, cultural, social, and political definitions rooted in and erupting from a hostile environment is a necessity in my creative process. To dig deep into the history of the Colonized and the Colonizers, and to take back what is rightfully ours, is part of the process."
Juan Sánchez

Born of Puerto Rican parents and raised in Brooklyn, Juan Sánchez uses layered imagery in his work to address the complexities of national identity and to advocate for the rights of Puerto Ricans and people of Puerto Rican descent. Using photographs, words, collage, and spontaneous marks, Sanchez seeks to construct a new view of life as an American of Puerto Rican heritage.

This print features Astro Boy, a character from Japanese anime that appeared in cartoons on American television during the artist’s childhood. Flying directly toward the viewer with a determined look on his face, Sánchez’s version of Astro Boy sports a Puerto Rican flag on his right arm. Behind Astro Boy are images of the artist as a young boy dressed in a suit and bow tie. Beneath the photographs are abstract symbols from Taino culture, the indigenous people who inhabited Puerto Rico and who were decimated by colonial contact.

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