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Andres Serrano, Anita Ilkovski, Macedonian Troupe Dancer, 2002.
Edition 1/3
50”x 60”
Cibachrome Print

Andres Serrano, Captain Tracy Thompson, American Eagle, 2002.
Edition 1/3
50”x 60”
Cibachrome Print

Andres Serrano, Kaori Niina, Undergraduate at NYU, 2001.
Edition 1/3
50”x 60”
Cibachrome Print

Andres Serrano, Victoria Drexler, Aged 4, 2002.
Edition 2/3
50”x 60”
Cibachrome Print

Andres Serrano, Anna-Nicole Smith, 2004.
Edition 1
50”x 60”
Cibachrome Print

Andres Serrano, Deanna Brooks, Playboy Bunny, 2002.
Edition 2/3
50”x 60”
Cibachrome Print

Andres Serrano

Born in New York in 1950, Andres Serrano is a Contemporary artist whose work has been labeled everything from blasphemous to beautiful. Mythologized as the poster boy for controversial art, he is a highly accomplished and eccentric artist, whose work presents the ordinary in extraordinary ways. For Serrano, the primary function of art is to provoke immediate and powerful responses.

Serrano is of a mixed racial background: his mother is Haitian and his father was born in Honduras. He was raised in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn in a Catholic household, and found his creative niche at the Brooklyn Museum Art School. Although Serrano studied painting and sculpture, he was drawn to the medium of photography and the impulse to use a camera and film in the same vein that a painter uses brush and pigment. Working in large-scale format, Serrano creates psychologically charged and vibrant portraits, which pay tribute to the visual traditions of the Catholic Church, as well as Surrealist techniques.

The impact of Serrano’s work is often derived from the contrast between its surface beauty and disturbing subject matter. A number of his pictures involve objects submerged in bodily fluids: blood, milk, semen, water. The most notorious of these is Piss Christ (1987), a luminous photograph of a crucifix submerged in the artist’s own urine. This piece was included in a travelling exhibition sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, and became a polarizing symbol, igniting a nation-wide debate on artistic freedom and expression.

Serrano’s other subjects are equally thought-provoking: butchered animals, New York’s homeless, members of the Ku Klux Klan, bodies found on the coroner’s slab in the morgue, or the infinite variations on human sexuality. Serrano’s artistic response to the 9/11 tragedy was to create a series of 100 portraits of citizens who embody the spirit of America. Black and white, rich and poor, famous and infamous, known and unknown: everyone from Anna-Nicole Smith and Arthur Miller to ordinary citizens of diverse occupations and from all walks of life. Shot against brilliantly painted backgrounds, these are astonishingly direct and honest portraits of real people representing both themselves and their humanity.

Andres Serrano has held over 100 solo exhibitions in galleries and museums from Iceland to Australia. His photographic works are in the permanent collections of museums in eight countries, including the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the National Gallery of Australia, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Amsterdam, and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid.
The artist lives and works in New York City.