Federico Cuatlacuatl, an artist born in San Francisco Coapan, Cholula, Puebla, Mexico, and currently based in Virginia, is a dynamic creative force whose work is deeply rooted in the intersection of Latinx immigration, social art practice, and cultural sustainability.
As an individual who has experienced the challenges of growing up as an undocumented immigrant and formerly holding DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), Federico's artistry is an exploration of the complex interplay between indigeneity and immigration within the context of our contemporary era. His creative practice is a testament to his commitment to shedding light on Nahua indigenous immigration, a topic that holds personal significance to him.
Federico's recent research and artistic production pivot around the convergence of transborder indigeneity, the experiences of migrant indigenous diasporas, and the possibilities of Nahua futurisms. His thought-provoking work has garnered recognition on both national and international stages, with independent productions screened at various esteemed film festivals and exhibitions featured in museums and galleries across the globe.
In 2016, Federico took a pivotal step in the art world by founding the Rasquache Artist Residency in Puebla, Mexico. This initiative serves as a testament to his dedication to socially engaged works and binational endeavors, while also offering a platform for artists to explore their creative potential.
With a profound commitment to illuminating the multifaceted narratives surrounding Latinx immigration, Federico Cuatlacuatl continues to be a driving force in the world of contemporary art. His journey, from San Francisco Coapan to the University of Virginia, where he currently serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art, serves as an inspiring testament to the power of art to transcend borders and foster meaningful cultural connections.