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David Avalos

Faculty Bio

David Avalos came up in Old Town National City (OTNC), California, a Mexican-American community that nurtured his parents and family, and produced internationally recognized Chicano artists, human rights activists, scholars, and educators who continue to influence Avalos’ thinking and actions. A Vietnam-era U.S. Army veteran stationed in West Germany in the late 1960s, he was able to attend South Bay Trade School, SDSU and UCSD on the G.I. Bill. At the Centro Cultural de la Raza throughout the 1980s he worked with multi-disciplinary artists, including the Border Art Workshop/Taller de Arte Fronterizo, a collective focused on the dynamic balance of US-Mexico absurdities. As a CSUSM teacher since 1991, he learns while teaching students who bring their diverse backgrounds, world views, intuitions, insights and ideas into the classroom. Writings about and by him are included in numerous academic publications and archives. His art works are in regional and national museum collections.
David Avalos

Research, and teaching interests:

  • Chicano studio art with an emphasis on assemblage sculpture that appropriates cultural and religious icons
  • socially and politically engaged art of the San Diego/Tijuana border region
  • individual and collaborative public art that addresses the intersection of physical, civic and informational space
  • Chicano Park murals and muralists
  • José Guadalupe Posada and Día de los muertos
  • the evolution of beauty

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Chunky’s Hubcap


484-Year-Old Mestizo


Art Rebate/Arte Reembolso (documentation installation with Elizabeth Sisco and Louis Hock)