Andres Serrano

1996

Andres Serrano is an American artist known for his large-scale photographs imbued with religious symbolism. Though not intended to shock, Serrano’s art brings together spirituality with physicality in a way that has garnered the artist considerable controversy. He often uses bodily fluids—blood, milk, semen—in conjunction with sacred iconography. Serrano is best known for his image Piss Christ (1987), a now-infamous shot of a crucifix submerged in the artist’s urine. The furor surrounding the piece led to early recognition. Born on August 15, 1950 in New York, NY, where he currently lives and works, Serrano is largely self-taught, but did study at the Brooklyn Museum School of Art in his teens.