Art has the power to do great things. To spark conversation, bring individuals together, and inspire action. For Chicago artist, William Estrada, his human sense led his art making practice to focus on exploring inequality, migration, historical passivity, cultural recognition, self-preservation, and media representation in marginalized communities.
William Estrada was born to immigrant parents and grew up assembling memories in California, Chicago, and Mexico. He documents and engages experiences in public spaces to transform, question, and make connections to established and organic systems through discussion, creation, and promotion of counter narratives. He has worked as an educator and artist with Telpochcalli Elementary School, Chicago Arts Partnership in Education, Hyde Park Art Center, SkyArt, Marwen Foundation, Urban Gateways, DePaul University’s College Connect Program, Graffiti Institute, Prison + Neighborhood Art Project, and The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. His current research is focused on developing community based and culturally relevant programs that question power structures of race, economy, and cultural access.