Izel Vargas is a friend of mine from UNC. He finished his MFA the year before I entered the program. He’s a pretty rocking artist. You can see some of his work here.
Izel does mixed-media work. Most of his work that I know well is collage and plays a lot with Dora the Explorer, that intrepid icon of childhood television. Izel grew up along the Mexico-Texas border, and his work is heavily influenced by that experience. Aside from making rocking art, Izel’s also a pretty solid human being.
Izel is having a show in McAllen, Texas, at the end of August. You should go see it if you live in Texas or know anyone who lives in Texas. I know Texas is like, huge, and stuff, but still, go support my friend and solid human being Izel.