Heriberto Palacio III
Office: 1006B AA
BFA in Art, Tennessee State University
MFA in Visual Arts (expected 2020), Watkins College of Art
BFA in Art, Tennessee State University
Heriberto "Eddie" Palacio III (B. 1994) is a multidisciplinary Artist that explores human relations and awareness through research that investigates colonialism, post colonial theory, social constructs, masculinity, gender studies, queer theory, emotional intelligence, and African American studies; and through his studio practice utilizing varying media such as painting, drawing, sculpture, graphic art, and video. 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 went on to earn his BFA in Art at Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN, and is continuing his education at Watkins College of Art in Nashville, TN, anticipating his MFA in Visual Arts in 2020.
Eddie has come back to the North and is serving as Admissions Counselor at Stamps. His warm energy and charisma will make you feel inspired and welcomed as he helps with questions about the admissions processes here at Stamps. Eddie is a huge fan of sushi and will eat it everyday if he could. His favorite pastimes are reading, researching, writing, creating, gaming, and binge watching an assortment of Anime! Ask Eddie about his years marching with the world-renowned Tennessee State University Aristocrat of Bands during his undergraduate career and he is sure to share his unique experience with you! If you would like to learn more about Eddie's artistic practice, please read below or visit his website.
His exploratory work consists of different mediums that prioritizes audience's interpretation of context over the aesthetic of medium specificity. This allows him the freedom to create without emphasis on the medium as a catalyst for his ideas. He investigates how to relate to society through the use of pop 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.
Palacio investigates his interests through research on how relationships amongst individuals or a group influence emotional competency and expression. He continues to explore the value of emotional intelligence in various communities and how to acknowledge and potentially repair relationships within them using this research and his studio practice. His larger utopian goal is to raise awareness of the need for emotional intelligence so that marginalized communities are better equipped to build relationships between peers through art for the betterment of our social relationships. This goal is meant to be open ended, having no true resolution, but taking steps toward healing communities in the long-run.
More recently, Palacio has taken specific interest in platonic relationships between African American males. He is exploring and exposing the boundary of the “black bromance" and its controversy within the black community and larger social climate of American culture. A bromance, an urban term, is an intimate, non-sexual relationship between two or more men. It is a tight, affectionate, homosocial male bonding relationship exceeding that of usual friendship, and is distinguished by a particularly high level of emotional intimacy. It is not a common phenomenon in the black community and when it does occur, it is rarely discussed. Palacio is questioning the boundaries of people’s understanding of this in the context of black men and their projected, stereotyped capacity of affection to only be sexual, lustful, or violent. His work challenges how people receive these images, making them to ponder within themselves, and amongst others, what is platonic, homosexual, too intimate, passable, suspect, etc.