Armendariz was raised in El Paso, Texas, which borders Las Cruces, New Mexico and Juarez, Mexico. There he was surrounded by a mix of romanticism for the American landscape and the hybridization of Mexican, American, and indigenous cultures. Images that have cultural, biographical, and art historical references are carved and burned into the surface of the paintings and drawings.
Armendariz's new work depicts narco-culture, faith healers and poisonous love set against a western sky. This is a continued exploration of forces shaping the landscape between the US and Mexico Border. Mysticism, the nefarious aftermath of narco-activities, and corrosive love affairs are explored in this most recent body of work.