Dreamer Recreates His Journey to America, and Completes the Athenaeum Portrait in the Process

Multimedia artist used cut-up Mexican road maps for the unfinished likeness of George Washington


A multimedia artist and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, recipient beautifully documented his journey to America using bits and pieces of Mexican road maps, and in the process, perfectly completed the iconic Athenaeum Portrait (the image of George Washington on the dollar bill).

Painted in 1796, three years prior to Washington’s death and one year before the end of his first presidential term, the portrait was never completed until Fidencio Fifield-Perez, who’s undocumented, stepped in to finish the job.

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