“I was Born and raised in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago to Mexican immigrant parents, I grew up alongside two sisters and an older brother.
I am a self-taught painter, muralist, and printmaker, and I was also formally trained at Columbia College Chicago earning a B.A. in Graphic Design.
I find inspiration in everyday life situations and strive to incorporate topics that are central to my culture and environment. Themes include music, social issues, poverty, violence, sex, and graffiti with a central focus on the people around me and my community. My work has been influenced by various artists, among them the work of Jose Guadalupe Posada, Leopoldo Mendez, Elizabeth Catlett, and the graphic artist, muralist and political activist Carlos Cortez.
Printmaking is my preferred media, and wood blocks would have to be my preferred material to carve and ink. I continue to challenge ideas that are backward thinking and a menace to a healthy society by creating prints that question these thoughts.”
Instituto Grafico de Chicago, Inc. 2012 – Present
Antonio is a founding member of the print collective Instituto Gráfico de Chicago; a collective established with fellow ink slingers /block carvers. The mission of IGC is to promote and preserve the art of printmaking as well as to fulfill the needs of Latinx graphic artists that have been underrepresented in the world of print.
Barberena has exhibited individually in Costa Rica, Estonia, France, Mexico, Nicaragua, Spain and The United State of America.
His work has been shown in Art Biennials, Museums, Galleries, Cultural Centers and Universities around the world.
He has received various awards, most notably the “National Printmaking Award 2012” given by the Nicaraguan Institute of Culture in Managua, Nicaragua; “Parchemin d’Honneur”, 8 Triennale Mondial de l’Estampe et de la Gravure Originale, AMAC, Chamalieres, Auvergne, France and the award- poster for the Ecology and Human Rights in Banana Plantations in Costa Rica, given by GEBANA in Berlin, Germany.
Barberena’s work is included in numerous public and private collections, including: Ortíz-Gurdián Museum, - Contemporary Art Collection - Casa Deshon, León, Nicaragua. - Cannonball Press Editions, Brooklyn, NY. - Douro Printmaking Biennial Collection, Museu do Gravura, Alijo, Portugal. - Academia Non Grata, Pärnu, Estonia. - Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA), Chicago. - Artist Printmaker Research Collection, Museum of Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas. - Special Collection, University of Colorado at Boulder, Colorado. - The National Gallery, San José, Costa Rica. - Prints & Drawings collection - Museum of Contemporary Art “Julio Cortazar”, Managua, Nicaragua. - Permanent Art Collection of the Bibliotheca of Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt. - Benedictine University, Lisle, Illinois. - Kyoto International Woodcut Association, Kyoto, Japan. - The School of Fine Arts, (UNAM), Mexico. The Triennial Prints Cabinet, AMAC, Chamalieres, France. - The International Exlibriscentrum, Stedelijke Museum in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium. - The Lia Bermudez Museum, Maracaibo, Venezuela. - Former Jesuit College Cultural Center, Patzcuaro, Mexico and Praxis Gallery, Managua Nicaragua.
CHema Skandal!was born in Mexico City, He has a B.F.A. in Visual Communications Illustration Emphasis. He lives and works in Chicago, IL
Faculty of Arts and Design University of México U.N.A.M. 2006
Picnic Magazine 2006 - 2007 Graphic Design team. Designed magazine articles and produced advertising for a variety of clients including Art Galleries and Museums. Designed book jackets, covers, brochures, catalogues and postcard invitations.
Warp Design Bureau 2008 Graphic Design team. Graphic Design and production, including printed and digital advertising. Panic digital magazine contributor - Design and illustration. Illustration development for different clients including: Nike, Ambiguous clothing company, Group Editorial Expansión & Fashion Week México.
Freelance 2008 - 2011 Graphic Design and Illustration development for a wide variety of clients.
Teaching Artist 2011 - 2013 - CARES: Community Arts Resources to Engage Students program from the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago Public Schools
Art production 2006 - 2015 Painting and printing trough different traditional methods including: acrylic / tempera / oil on different mediums, serigraph, linocut, etching, woodblock, lithography, etc.
- CONACULTA Illustration Catalogue - México 2004
- Concorso D'llustrazione - Venice, Italy 2005
- Quorum Illustration prize - Silver medal - México 2006
- Comic contest winner - Gold medal - México 2006
- CONACULTA Poster design prize - Silver medal - México 2007 - Featured as one of the 20 most prominent mexican Illustrators - Reforma newspaper - México 2008
Eric J. Garcia is known for mixing history and culture with contemporary politics, Mr. Garcia always tries to create art that is much more than just aesthetics. Garcia has exhibited nationally to include such institutions like San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Latin American Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. Received his BFA with a minor in Chicano studies from the University of New Mexico, Garcia went on to completed his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. A versatile artist working in an assortment of media, from hand-printed posters, to larger than life murals, to his controversial political cartoons, they all have a common goal of educating and challenging.
2009 The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, MFA Painting & Drawing
2006 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM. BFA, Summa Cum Laude Major: Art Studio-Painting Emphasis, Minor: Chicano Studies
1997 Working Classroom Mural Apprenticeship with Joe Stevenson, Albuquerque, NM
2017 Chicago Artist Coalition Maker Grant: Sponsored by Peoples Pixels (OPP) and the Coney Family Fund.
2015 South Bend Heritage Foundation Art and Social Justice Award, Colfax Campus Gallery. South Bend, IN
2014 Vermont Marshall Frankel Fellowship: Fully funded month-long residency for SAIC Alumni at the Vermont Studio Center.
National Alliance of Artists Communities and The Joyce Foundation : Midwest Voices and Visions Fellowship
2012 South Bend Heritage Foundation Art and Social Justice Award, Colfax Campus Gallery. South Bend, IN
2008 Jacob Javits Fellowship Illinois College Associated Press: 1 st Place College Cartoonist Award for editorial cartoon in FNews
2015 Jackman Goldwasser Residency at the Hyde Park Art Center. Sponsored by the Joyce Foundation. Chicago, IL
2014 Vermont Studio Center Vermont Marshall Frankel Fellowship. Johnson, VT
2013 Kohler Center for the Arts Arts/Industry Program. Kohler, WI
2009 Yollocalli Arts Reach The National Museum of Mexican Art. Chicago, IL
2016 National Veterans Art Museum Operation Mom’s Couch Chicago,IL
2015 University of Illinois Springfield Background, Springfield, IL
2014 Multi Culti Gallery/Performance Space El Machete Illustrated, Chicago, IL
2012 DePaul University Between the Chac Mool, and the Chalice. Chicago, IL
2010 Prospectus Gallery The Santa Fe Railroad. Chicago, IL
GROUP EXHIBITIONS [Invited]
2017 Hyde Park Art Center Virtue of the Vicious, Chicago IL
National Museum of Mexican Art Memoria Presente: An Artistic Journey, Chicago IL
MACLA 6th Chicano/a Biennial, San Jose, CA
National Hispanic Cultural Center Aquí Estamos: The Heart of Arte, Abq, NM
University of Indianapolis Herencia, DeHaan Fine Arts Center. Indianapolis, IN
OPEN Center for the Arts Montooneros, Chicago, IL
2016 Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture
ARTE PAÑO CONTEMPORANEO: A TRADITION REVIVED, South Bend, Indiana.
University of Dayton Latino Art of the Midwest: Into the 21st Century, Dayton Ohio
St Ambrose University Justice: Alternative Voices and Progressive Themes in Comics, Davenport, Iowa.
José Luis Gutiérrez is an artist and teacher with classroom and arts administration experience who is dedicated to creating programs that foster student and community empowerment. Striving to be a cultural worker who is committed to building community and addressing issues of social justice through holistic arts education programs.
Chicago Public Schools (CPS)
Hurley Fine & Performing Arts Elementary School 2016 – Present Hedges Elementary School 2014 – 2016 Farragut Career Academy 2002 – 2005
As a K-8th grade art teacher I teach painting drawing, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, and media arts. I implement an outcome-based curriculum that aligns to state and national standards. I assess my students regularly and make Bi-lingual and IEP accommodations for students with special needs. I collaborate with classroom teachers to develop integrated units to support student’s academic growth. I am also the art liaison at my school that is responsible for completing school reports and representing my school at district meetings and events. I am also in charge of grant writing to sustain partnerships with local agencies that provide my school with added resources. I also teach parent art classes and offer my students an open studio afterschool.
Instituto Grafico de Chicago, Inc. 2012 – Present
I am a co-founder and treasurer of a not-for-profit arts organization that is dedicated to preserving the art of printmaking and building solidarity amongst print artist in the US and other countries through collaborative portfolio projects, art classes and community events. Responsibilities include: expense report, communications with donors and partners, fundraising, coordinating projects and events.
National Museum of Mexican Art (NMMA) 2006 – 2014
As the associate director of art education (2010-2014) I directed after-school art education programs in Chicago Public Schools (CPS) in the southwest side of Chicago. I developed budgets and grant proposals and worked with consultants to develop program logic models and evaluation plans. I oversaw program data collection, analyzed findings and developed reports on program outcomes for funders. I interviewed and hired artists to teach programs and provided professional development on designing curriculum and teaching according to the museum’s framework. I presented our work at state and national conferences in the US and Mexico. I led site coordinators as they implemented programs and evaluation plans, organized exhibitions of student artwork and hosted culminating events at the NMMA and CPS sites to showcase student performing arts programs.
As a teaching artist (2006 – 2009) my responsibilities included teaching after-school visual art programs, painting murals, and curating exhibitions of local artists’ work in the US and Mexico. My other responsibilities involved researching Mexican culture, history and traditions for developing curriculum and educational programs. I coordinated and conducted off-site presentations, workshops and art activities to promote the museum, gallery exhibits and Mexican art and culture throughout the Chicago-land area. I taught on and off-site programs for children and adults in various classroom or community settings and offered state-approved courses for teacher recertification credits.
Ricardo Xavier Serment is an artist and educator native to Chicago and born to Mexican parents from San Luis Potosi, Mexico. He received his BFA from Columbia College Chicago with a concentration in printmaking and his Master of Education at Dominican University.
Currently serving his community in the Back of the Yards neighborhood in Chicago Public Schools teaching Art classes at various grade levels. Presently, Ricardo resides in Pilsen and formerly was a Museum Educator at the National Museum of Mexican Art. He also continues a dedicated practice towards creating new works of art, including collaborations with other artists and organizations.
Ricardo is a founding member of a small print collaborative, the Instituto Gráfico de Chicago; which he established fellow colleagues in an effort engage in national and international printmaking collaborations.
With regard to his work, Ricardo is knowledgeable in media such as painting, papier-mâché, mosaics, and bookbinding, but mostly focuses on works on paper. His prints draw from personal and cultural experiences in order to create visual narratives; and they have been exhibited throughout the US and in the Mexico. More locally, specific pieces can be found in private collections, as well as the permanent collection of the National Museum of Mexican Art.
My primary choice of medium as a visual artist is printmaking—specifically relief techniques on wood and linoleum blocks. I have chosen to specialize on relief printmaking in response to its strong cultural connection with Mexico. As such, it is not uncommon to find traces of my cultural heritage in my work. In fact, I explore the use of narratives to reveal dynamic issues confronting individuals with bi-cultural identities such as myself.
My goal as an artist is to provide viewers a fragment of the diversity within Latino culture, as a lens to analyze universal struggles encountered in contemporary society. Thus, my work is rooted in narratives that may be connected to folklore, myths, traditions and current issues. In this way, my work forms visceral connections with viewers and simultaneously serves as an introduction to diverse cultural traditions and customs. For this reason, I rely on an illustrative style which is accessible and clear to any viewer. It is my hope that my work elicits nuanced responses from viewers—responses that fully embrace all aspects of Latino culture and also contain the joy and bliss I have personally experienced throughout my life.
Relief Print by Ricardo X Serment
Luchando Contra la Muerte
Woodcut and Screen Print by Ricardo X Serment
Woodcut by Ricardo X Serment
Salvador Jiménez-Flores is an interdisciplinary artist born and raised in Jalisco, México. Since coming to the United States, Jiménez-Flores has contributed to the art scene by producing a mixture of socially conscious installation, public, and studio-based art.
He has presented his work at the National Museum of Mexican Art, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts and Casa de la Cultura in Jalisco, México amongst others.
Jiménez-Flores recently completed a two year-long artist residency at the Harvard Ceramics Program, Office of the Arts at Harvard University. Also he served as the Artist-In-Residence for the City of Boston.
Jiménez-Flores is a recipient of the grants Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grants and The New England Foundation for the Arts. He was recently appointed Assistant Professor in ceramics at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
I am a nomadic artist who journeys through the Americas, creating rasquache art and high art, speaking Español, English and Spanglish. Occasionally, I feel I have a static sense of identity and sometimes I have an inventory of multiple identities. I fit in here and there but No soy ni de aquí ni de allá. I am one, in two worlds.
The move from a rural town in México to a major metropolis in the United States had a tremendous impact on my life. At first, art was merely a way of coping with the transition but later, due to my limited English, art became my tool for self-expression. In my work I document this journey of adapting to living in the United States, all while looking back at what I left behind in México.
The challenge of being bicultural and bilingual is that I live concurrently in two different worlds. I have learned to adapt to live in these two worlds, but adapting involves expanding and losing part of who I am, so I often find myself in the middle of these two territories. Everywhere I live, I am a foreigner.
"The content of my work is socio-political and is driven by my life experiences. In my work I explore the themes of colonization, migration (voluntary or involuntary), “the other,” stereotypes and cultural appropriation. I take an interdisciplinary approach with my work by choosing the media that will best fit the idea I am trying to convey. As an artist I feel I have the responsibility to address the issues that affect my community, create awareness and propose actions through my art."