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."
A Desperate Cry/Un Grito Desesperado
Three color screen print
11 in x 15in
Free Óscar López Rivera/Libertad para Óscar López Rivera
Two color screen print on paper
13in x 20in
The Centenial/El Centenario
Drypoint print and water colors on paper
37 x 23 inches
Breaking Fences/Rompiendo Cercas
Mezzotint on paper
5 x 7 inches
The Dark Side
Ceramics, printmaking and imitation gold leaf
54in x 24in