Celeste De Luna is an artist/printmaker originally from the lower Rio Grande Valley of South Texas and now living in San Antonio, Texas. She is a self-taught printmaker whose work includes large-scale woodcut prints and fabric installation. “A true daughter of the borderlands, her art celebrates the quotidian and the exceptional on the border,” writes indigenous studies professor Inés Hernández-Ávila. Celeste has been awarded residencies, fellowships, & grants from Vermont Studio Center, Artplace America, a Blade of Grass, Santa Fe Art Institute Artist Residency and was recently a visiting artist at University of Nebraska Omaha in 2022. Celeste teaches art and Mexican-American Studies at Northwest Vista College.
My work documents individual and collective experiences in my physical/spiritual/psychic environment. I explore the complexity of relationships of borderland peoples and their landscape. Understanding the borderlands/nepantla means understanding the contradictory and complex negotiations that shape our public and intimate lives–as border communities have always known and lived, we are in a space that always already defies cultural and ideological binaries. Themes that are identifiable within my visual vocabulary are embodiment /body horror, border futurism/environment, Anzalduan theory, and indigenous science.