In celebration of Pride Month, I’d like to share some pride-related art I discovered a few years ago. Mexican artist Gabriel Garcia Roman created a collection of art pieces in 2015 entitled Queer Icons.
Roman states on his website that: “The subjects in the series are drawn from many facets of the gender and queer spectrum, and these images give visibility to a population that’s generally under-represented in the art world. Finding inspiration in portraiture styles of Renaissance, Flemish, and Christian Orthodox paintings, the series aims to elevate these multi-dimensional, powerful and proud contemporary figures.”
Roman combined photography with textured collages to create images that depict these significant individuals as warriors, heroes, and saints, giving them a sense of strength and belonging that can be difficult to find in our world. Roman also included writings by each of the subjects into the art pieces to add depth and provide the viewer a small insight into the subject’s experiences and wisdom.
It’s hard to explain just how beautiful these images are to me. The compositions that Roman has created uplift the identity of queer people of color and place them alongside those of warriors, heroes, and saints, and when reading their stories, it is easy to see that those titles are well-deserved, as well as every human being who belongs to these communities.
To see more of these images and read the stories connected to each piece, you can visit Roman’s website here: http://www.gabrielgarciaroman.com/queer-icons-home