George Zuniga

George Zuniga
George Zuniga
George Zuniga’s bold compositions and swift strokes, rendered in pastel, charcoal, and pencil, are examples of “artism,” a term he coined to describe the work of an artist with autism.
Bulldog, George Zuniga - Embedded
Bulldog
Pastel on Paper, 22” x 22”
2007
BIO
George Zuniga’s bold compositions and swift strokes, rendered in pastel, charcoal, and pencil, are examples of “artism,” a term he coined to describe the work of an artist with autism. A self-taught expert on military armaments, television newscasters, Japanese anime and manga, and heavy-metal music, Zuniga (b. 1982, Chicago, IL) creates portraits that are brutally honest, calling to mind the unflinching eye of Goya. Similarly, Zuniga’s obsession with modern warfare updates Goya’s “The Disasters of War” with scenes from WWII, Iraq, and Afghanistan. He is represented by Project Onward.

THE ART
Even in a work as benign as this portrait of a bulldog, Zuniga’s work has a monumental scale and presence that ties it to his more difficult images (of war, struggle, and politics). We can see the brash approach that makes all his work so vivid and immediate. This bulldog tempers his powerful size with a serene friendliness that speaks of good intentions.

This artist is represented by Project Onward
Project Onward is a communal studio where artists with developmental, cognitive, and mental disabilities are provided with the materials, art education, and support to develop a professional body of work. Project Onward is a program of the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.