On Purpose: Artist's Biography
After moving from Mexico City to the United States, Xavier Tavera learned what it felt like to be part of a subculture—the immigrant community. Being subjected to alienation has transformed the focus of his photographs to share the lives of those who are marginalized. His images offer insight into the diversity of numerous communities and give a voice to those who are often invisible.
Tavera has shown his work extensively in the Twin Cities, nationally, and internationally—including in Chile, Uruguay, and China. His work is part of the collections of the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Plains Art Museum, Minnesota Museum of American Art, Minnesota History Center, and the Weisman Art Museum.
Tavera received his MFA from the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts. He is a recipient of the McKnight Fellowship, the Jerome Travel and Study award, a Minnesota State Arts Board fellowship, and a Bronica photo scholarship.