Instructor, Contemporary Practices (2013). BFA, 1994, Escuela de Artes Plasticas de Puerto Rico; Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Studio, 1998, and MFA, 2000, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Exhibitions: Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago; Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago; Galeria Agustina Ferreyra, Puerto Rico; Roots and Culture, Chicago; Field Projects, New York; Dock 6, Chicago. Publications: Monsters & Dust; Composite; New American Paintings. Bibliography: Art21 Blog, Chicago Tribune; Bad at Sports, Artslant, NewCity, TimeOut Chicago. Awards: DCASE, Propeller Fund, Joyce Foundation, 3Arts Residency to Ragdale and Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. Director: The Franklin, Chicago.
I am interested in understanding the world and creating work relevant to that reality without worrying about how grandiose or modest the effect of my discourse might be. I tend to draw upon childhood memories and my religious upbringing for inspiration, as they are strongly embedded in the humanity of my expression. I also explore ideas of transformation through social engagements.
My focus is the simplification of the form to create a representation. I aim to create a space of reflection by bringing together a rich environment of images and shapes that were made in a simple and basic manner.
I'm currently working in two major developments: Community engagements and the origins of my visual practice.
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