Estéban Whiteside is a self-taught artist living in Washington, DC,. His hard truths through childlike, reductive forms reveal the difficult realities of American society. Boldly colored, these paintings initially allow for an aesthetically playful escape however, upon further investigation reveal a sharp and critical insight of today’s world. This juxtaposition, what Whiteside refers to as Concrete Oppressionism, removes any room for interpretation. Concrete Oppressionism targets topics and their subjects to reveal the absurdity of American culture.