Born in Pasadena, California, Steve Cruz has exhibited in Fort Worth, Nacogdoches, Irving, and Dallas, Texas, where he now lives. Concerns of gender struggle and sexual identity are the main topics of his work, and his use of humor digs at the extreme notions of the super-masculine, pumped-up, chiseled male, or the hyper-feminine "babes with pneumatic hooters." In T and A, the image of the local paleta man, working long hours for little money, is conflated with images of such sex symbols. As Cruz says, "The dilemma is timeless: men, women, and everybody in between, caught in the eternal drama so succinctly paraphrased by Rod Stewart, "Do you think I'm sexy?"

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T and A
2002|Serigraph|24"x 16"| Edition of 50

Steve Cruz