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Ernesto Beckford
Collages & Stories

Last Updated 06-13-2024
© Ernesto Beckford, Chadds Ford PA (2021-2024)
Friends at Crossroads

"Friends at Crossroads" "Friends at Crossroads" illustrates companionship and the distancing of affections. Two females stand at a metaphorical crossroads, symbolizing the subtle animosity and critical choices they are facing. The contrasting colors of their vibrant clothes highlight their individuality, while their identical postures and similar appearance demonstrate their long history of shared experiences. The crossroads place them at the center of uncertain times, as perhaps in middle age they face emotional distancing and the loss of friendship and trust. Mixed Media Collage (paper on paper, with watercolor and pastels). Collage Size: 23 x 23 inches. Completed 2024

Beautiful Boy In Skirt

Beautiful Boy In Skirt.


The collage is a statement on the beauty and freedom of self-expression, particularly in the context of the LGBTQ+ community. The young man is depicted in a moment of joy and celebration. The baroque background, with its elegant  fleur-de-lis patterns, contrasts with the youthfulness and informality of the dancing figure, symbolizes the tension between societal expectations and individual freedom. Mixed Media Collage (paper on canvas, with watercolor and pastels)


Collage Size: 14 x14 inches.

Completed 2024.

Tender Butterflies

Tender Butterflies.


This handmade collage features the profile of a handsome male figure who appears reflective and melancholic. His hair and body are composed of images of butterfly wings with mesmerizing patterns. The bold and fluid strokes of color on his face suggest a sense of fluidity and transformation, akin to a cocoon sprouting wings. The piece combines natural elements, such as butterfly wings, with human identity, presenting a tender and nuanced interpretation of masculinity. Mixed media collage (paper on paper, soft pastels, watercolor).


Collage Size: 19 x 18.5 inches.

Completed 2024.

Heritage Threads

Heritage Threads.


This collage exudes a sense of fluidity as it weaves together traditions and eras, symbolizing the embrace of diverse identities today. The central figure radiates resilience and valor, wearing a blue jacket adorned with patches that seamlessly blend traditional and modern styles. Each patch celebrates multiculturalism and historical depth, forming a tapestry of experiences that shape the individual. Through varied materials and textures, the collage captures the intricate richness of identity, showcasing how personal and collective histories shape who we are now.


Collage Size: 18 x 24 inches.

Completed 2024.

Period of Discovery

Period of Discovery.


Image of a shirtless man against a vibrant green background, with mechanical parts revealed beneath his skin. His neutral expression and crossed hands over his chest suggest self-protection. The artwork symbolizes periods of life marked by transition and discovery, such as sexual awakening or career changes. The man’s crossed hands indicate he is safeguarding his core identity during this transformative phase. Vibrant colors and surreal elements emphasize the emotional complexity and intensity of his journey. The collage conveys the tension between change and preservation, highlighting the delicate balance of embracing new aspects of oneself while maintaining personal integrity. Mixed media collage (paper on paper, watercolor and pastels).


Collage Size: 9.25 x 14. inches.

Completed 2024.

Macho Androgyny

Macho Androgyny.


The term "macho androgyny" refers to a gender expression that combines traditionally masculine traits with elements of androgyny, blurring the lines between traditional gender norms. It often involves individuals incorporating aspects of both masculinity and androgyny into their appearance, behavior, or self-presentation Mixed media collage (paper on paper, watercolor and pastels).

Collage Size: 18.75 x 12. inches.

Completed 2024.




As the first light of day breaks the horizon, casting long shadows, a solitary figure stands tall amidst the golden glow. His silhouette stretched long and slender by the morning sun, reaches out in reverence to the sky. With outstretched arms, amid the dance of light and shadow, the man melds into the beauty of the morning dawn. Handmade collage; paper on paper.


Collage Size: 9.5 x 26 inches.

Completed 2024.

Tansgender Latina

Transgender Latina.


This collage depicts a transgender Latina positioned on a staircase. She is dressed in an eclectic mix of traditional and modern attire, featuring bold red and purple hues that draw attention to her presence. Her expression is one of quiet resilience. The woman's placement on the staircase, coupled with the surrounding barriers and shadows, evokes a feeling of being blocked in or constrained. The stairs are a metaphor for the obstacles and steps transgender women must navigate in a society where they face stereotypes and discrimination. Despite these constraints, the woman's poised stance and dignified appearance signify her strength and success in overcoming challenges. Mixed media collage (paper on paper, watercolor and pastels).


Collage Size: 13 x 18.75 inches.

Completed 2024.

Holding Hands

Holding Hands.


Two figures with no discernible faces are depicted against a dark background adorned with floral outlines; holding hands. Handmade collage using paper, watercolor, pastels, and twine. Part of my series exploring the use of rope in artistic expression.


Collage size: 12 x 14.5 inches.

Completed 2024

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