Baltimore-based multimedia artist Edgar Reyes has worked with the Walters Art Museum for several years, collaborating annually with us on the Día de los Muertos altar and the 2017 installation Huehuecóyotl (Coyote). Reyes is inspired by pieces from the Walters’ Ancient Americas collection and frequently incorporates images of the works into his large-scale digital collages. Joy Davis, Manager of Adult and Community Programs, chats with Edgar about his origins as an artist, his collaborations with Walters, and his current work.
Baltimore multimedia artist Edgar Reyes creates work that is a reflection of his personal experience as an undocumented youth in the United States. He nurtures the development of youth-driven, arts-based leadership initiatives that illustrate how art and design thinking can assist in self-expression and easing of cultural tensions. His practice highlights the beauty of being Mexican American, yet questions his national and cultural traditions. Like other Chicano artists he challenges social norms to bring forth awareness of what it means to be Latino.