Piñata-style artworks and sculptures by Justin Favela that celebrate his Guatemala-Mexican-American heritage

Fridalandia. 2017. Photo: Mikayla Whitmore

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.

See more of his work at justinfavela.com or follow Justin on Instagram.

Lowrider Piñata. 2014. Photo: [Mikayla Whitmore](http://mikaylawhitmore.com/)

Lowrider Piñata. 2014. Photo: Mikayla Whitmore

Popocatepetl e Iztaccihuatl vistos desde Atlixco, after Jose Maria Velasco. 2016. Photo: [Mikayla Whitmore](http://mikaylawhitmore.com/)

Popocatepetl e Iztaccihuatl vistos desde Atlixco, after Jose Maria Velasco. 2016. Photo: Mikayla Whitmore

Gypsy Rose Piñata. 2017. Photo: Courtesy Petersen Automotive Museum

Gypsy Rose Piñata. 2017. Photo: Courtesy Petersen Automotive Museum

Piñata Motel. 2016. Photo: [Krystal Ramirez](http://krystalramirez.com/)

Piñata Motel. 2016. Photo: Krystal Ramirez

Valle de México desde el Cerro de Santa Isabel, after Jose Maria Velasco. 2016. Photo: [Mikayla Whitmore](http://mikaylawhitmore.com/)

Valle de México desde el Cerro de Santa Isabel, after Jose Maria Velasco. 2016. Photo: Mikayla Whitmore