See Facebook Event for Thesis Exhibition Opening Reception and Artist Talk
and Class Instagram
(and link to public Zoom invitation)
June 23, 6pm
I am an interdisciplinary Artist that explores human relations and awareness through research that
investigates social constructs, masculinity, gender studies, emotional intelligence, and African American
studies. My exploratory studio work consists of different mediums that prioritizes the audience's
interpretation of context over the aesthetic of medium specificity. This allows me the freedom to create
without emphasis on the medium as a catalyst for my work. I continually investigate my relationship to
my audience through the use of popular culture motifs while still contemplating the relationship between
commercial art to academic art and how that affects the delivery of his work to his audience.
I further investigate my interests through research on how relationships amongst individuals or a
group influence emotional competency and expression. I explore the value of emotional intelligence in
various communities and how to acknowledge and potentially repair relationships within them using this
research and furthering my studio practice. My larger utopian goal is to use my art practice to raise
awareness of the need for emotional intelligence so that marginalized communities (and dominant
communities alike) are better equipped to build relationships between peers for the betterment of our
social relationships. This goal is meant to be open ended, having no true resolution, but taking steps
toward long-term healing within these communities.
Palacio is an Afro Hispanic who is also apart of the LGBT community and identifies as a pansexual
man. He was born and raised in Bronx, New York until his family relocated to Atlanta, GA during his
high school years, giving him an introduction to southern culture. Palacio has gone on to study at
Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN earning his BFA in Art and is continuing his education at
Watkins College of Art in Nashville, TN anticipating his MFA in Visual Arts in 2020.