Dos Caras A.D.
66.1 x 50.8 cm (26 x 20 in.)
(Torrance, California, 1964 - )
Medium and Support:
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Gift of Gilberto Cárdenas, 2017
During the 1990s, as artists explored the many cultural elements bringing together the Mexican American and Latinx communities in Los Angeles, popular sports became a recurrent subject for its rich and recognizable imagery. Victor Gastelum often depicts Mexican professional wrestling, or "lucha libre", a sport combining athletics with entertainment that he watched on television as a child. He considers it a part of Mexican popular culture that achieved international prominence but rarely receives credit. In "Dos Caras A.D.", Gastelum portrays famous wrestler Dos Caras wearing his distinctive mask bearing a two-headed eagle.