The University of Arizona Museum of Art and Archive of Visual Arts

The Presidential Series: Paintings by Alfred J. Quiroz


October 22 – January 22

The UAMA is proud to host the exhibition, The Presidential Series, a series of paintings of United States presidents created by longtime UA professor and alum, Alfred Quiroz.


While the bright colors, caricaturesque qualities, and sensational subject matter seem humorous on the surface, the paintings beg close examination in order for viewers to extract their full meanings. Meticulously researched, Quiroz layers the paintings with historical references and complex symbolism that comment on the many controversies surrounding the presidents. In these works, the traditional grand scale of history painting is married with an undercurrent of comic, satire, and street art. Quiroz’s work is technically rooted in artistic tradition—underpainting and layered glazes commonly used in the Renaissance are applied here to give added depth and dimension.


Quiroz’s work has been exhibited internationally and featured in publications such as Art in America, Artforum, and Art Week.


Join us for a reception and catalogue signing on Thursday, November 17 at 5 pm! 

The artist will also be doing a Show and Tell Presentation at the Playground on Wednesday, November 16. This event is produced by our friends at the Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry!