Justin Favela is a mixed media artist whose large-scale installations and sculptures are inspired by the traditional piñata. His work references pop culture, art history, society and cultural commentary, as well as his identity as a gay Latinx artist living in Las Vegas.
He creates his colourful pieces with layer upon layer of colourful paper or adopting the papier-mâché technique, a process that's used to construct the party piñata. Sometimes, his work involves covering entire buildings as though they are made of paper.
A graduate of Fine Arts from the University of Nevada, his work has been featured in museums and galleries across the United States. He's currently exhibiting at the Denver Art Museum – Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place features site-specific installations by 13 Latino artists that express experiences of contemporary life in the American West.
His podcast, Latinos Who Lunch, is co-hosted with art historian and curator Dr Emmanuel Ortega; the duo talk about pop culture, politics, and various topics around their intersecting identities of being queer Latinx men working in art and academia. It won the Best of Vegas award for Best Local Podcast in 2018.