Marcos Raya counts the works of the Mexican muralists Siquieros, Rivera and Orozco; the absurdist ideas of Dada and Surrealism; American Pop Art; the Chicago Imagist School; and literature and cinematography among the many influences on his artwork. He considers his work to be non-academic, drawing inspiration from the streets, hospitals, factories and life.
A resident of Chicago since 1964, Marcos received a full scholarship from the University of Illinois to attend Windsor Mountain, a prestigious private school in Lenox, Massachusetts. In his artist statement, Marcos considers “fragments of a ceremonial circumscribing of space” to be evident in his works through an “extension of his own personal space, breaking boundaries..
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