Demián Flores Cortés (born 1971) Mexican Artist
Demian is fascinated by images. Illustrations coming from magazines, catalogues, publicities, in the streets. He spent his childhood observing those images of modern time, charging up with references without knowing what it will be used for. He grew up in the town of Juchitán and was always in the middle of rural influence from hometown and modern city images of Mexico.
I saw his work on the wall of anthropology museum of Xalapa, Veracruz. It was simple drawings, sketches painted on the walls of the entrance. It was strong enough to captivate the attention in a place where are stood status from another age (close to 5 000 years ago). It was pure mixture of pop culture images and icons of Mexico’s past.
This work is mixing two elementary ideas: traditional markers and contemporary icons. This movement is mixing code, and so comprehension of what is tiding us to our history. It is clear when I see the work of Gajin Fujita about Japan, or the work recently discovered of Ang Tsherin Sherpa about Nepal/Buddhism culture.