Rojelio Palacios is a queer, transgender artist, who was born in Mexico and is currently based out of Toronto, Ontario. Rojelio primarily works in oils and graphite, creating portraits and figurative art. Through their work Rojelio is exploring themes of identity, gender, sexuality, what it means to be trans and representation for the trans community. Rojelio graduated from Georgian College with a certificate in Art and Design Fundamentals and a diploma in Fine Arts Advanced. They have exhibited at the Georgian College Gallery, The Gilbert Centre, The Ada Slaight Gallery and Great hall at OCAD University and at The 519. Rojelio had a film screening at the Inside Out Film Festival and was the recipient of the Barrie Arts Club Award. They are currently working towards their BFA in Drawing and Painting, with a minor in Gender and Sexuality at OCAD University.
I have been on hormones for 8 years now and every Friday I give myself an injection of testosterone. I have done this hundreds of times, it has become a normal part of my life. It has been a long and difficult journey to get here but it is something that I don’t want to take for granted. This simple action of a shot has changed my life in so many ways. It has allowed me to feel comfortable and confident in my body and just be myself. I wanted to not only document this act of injecting myself but also the result of me doing this every week. The changes my body has gone through from being on testosterone have helped pave my journey; the change in shape of my face and body, the change in my body and facial hair, the change in my voice, the change in the way I carry myself, as well as the scars on my body I’ve gotten along the way are all so important in this journey of being my true self.
Just Another Friday: T Day, 2020
Oil on Canvas, 36 x 48"