Pilsen Artist Selects

11/16/20

Pilsen Artist Submissions

Pilsen-based Artist

Diske Uno

Born and raised in Culiacán, Sinaloa.

His passion for painting began at an early age on the streets of Culiacan with graffiti. In 2013 he started his evolution into urban artist with the mission of leaving his mark along many walls of Culiacán. DiskeUno has murals in many cities across Mexico and also in Chicago. Recently worked on murals with Ricardo Angeles in partnership with Brown Wall Project in Little Village.

DiskeUno is inspired by the indigenous cultures and ethnic groups of Mexico. The rituals and ceremonies combined with nature in honor of the Mexican roots are the basis of DiskeUno’s work.

Hailey M Losselyong

Hailey M. Losselyong is a Chicago-based (Pilsen) visual artist who uses a wide variety of “canvases” to display abstract portraits of women. “The goal is to highlight the duality of people while also making them feel good about themselves. The work can be light hearted or heavy, muted or colorful, detailed or simple.”

Hale Ekinci is a Chicago-based (I believe she lives in Pilsen) interdisciplinary artist with strong ties to her Turkish heritage.  She received her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts & Media at Columbia College Chicago and is currently an Associate Professor of Art & Design at North Central College. Focusing on personal history, cultural identity, gender politics, and craft traditions, her works vary from videos and fiber installation to embroidery paintings embellished with vibrant colors, patterns, and autobiographical relics.

She is currently a Hatch Projects Artist Resident at Chicago Artist Coalition. Her work has been exhibited nationally at EXPO Chicago, Woman Made Gallery, Giertz Gallery, Bridgeport Art Center, VAE, St. Louis Artists’ Guild, and Queens College Art Center. Her international video screenings include The Nightingale Cinema, Filmfront, College of DuPage, Musrara Mix Festival (Jerusalem, Israel) Trestle Gallery (New York City), CAN TV (Cable Access Channel 21), Momentum Worldwide (Berlin, Germany) and Center for Contemporary Art (Warsaw, Poland). She has been awarded the “Figure and Fiber Award” by Surface Design Association and has completed residencies at ACRE, Jiwar Barcelona, Momentum Worldwide Berlin, and Elsewhere Museum.

Hori Miso

“Growing up in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, I have always been drawn to the pulse of the city. My primary focus is wheat-pasting, applying an image, usually on a public space, with homemade paste. I have expanded mediums to canvas work and murals, but I enjoy wheat-pasting the most because of it’s organic, temporal nature. The lifespan of my wheat-pasted pieces is unpredictable…some fade with grace while others are gone too soon, but either way I try to compliment the landscape they call home. Wheat-pasting allows me to put an idea to paper, bring it to life with paint, and share it by choosing just the right location to provide context. The application process allows me to literally get my hands dirty and contribute to the sights and sounds of the city.”

 

“My self-taught work is influenced by pop culture, hip hop, Tokyo street art and the Japanese aesthetic. While my work can currently be seen around the city of Chicago, I’ve had the opportunity to wheat-paste in some of my favorite spots in Tokyo, leaving behind a little of myself in a place that’s given me so much.“

 

Recent exhibition: https://rotofugi.com/blogs/news/september-exhibit-hori-miso 

Street art example: https://findmasa.com/artist/hori-miso 

Please review his instagram and screen grab any pieces you like and I can get more information.

Katia Pérez Fuentes 

*Katia Pérez Fuentes said they will submit a portfolio of images

 

Katia Pérez Fuentes (they/ella) is a queer, non-binary Latinx artist and cultural producer. Perez’s studio work includes murals, paintings, drawings, and facilitating creative programming. Their practice is a vessel for translating the accumulation of research and intuitive observations into visual language by using patterns of color, words, and symbolic metaphors. KPF is fascinated with the dichotomies between labor and leisure. They understand leisure as stimulating activities that exist beyond the production/consumption cycle of capitalism. Perez centers enriching occupations of time, which includes various forms of learning, play, worship, celebration, and rest. Their art serves as an access point to honor resilience through moments of introspection, radical vulnerability, and joy. KPF comes from an immigrant family of manual laborers and domestic caretakers who migrated to Albuquerque, NM. In 2018 they became a first-generation college graduate with leadership recognition from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Pérez has over five years of experience leading equity initiatives as a community organizer and museum professional of color. Most recently, their collaborative murals in Chicago have been recognized as part of a MacArthur Creative Placemaking Award.

Laura Gomez

Born and raised in Culiacán, Sinaloa.

His passion for painting began at an early age on the streets of Culiacan with graffiti. In 2013 he started his evolution into urban artist with the mission of leaving his mark along many walls of Culiacán. DiskeUno has murals in many cities across Mexico and also in Chicago. Recently worked on murals with Ricardo Angeles in partnership with Brown Wall Project in Little Village.

DiskeUno is inspired by the indigenous cultures and ethnic groups of Mexico. The rituals and ceremonies combined with nature in honor of the Mexican roots are the basis of DiskeUno’s work.

Mac Blackout

Currently live in Humboldt Park but have worked with Pilsen galleries and businesses.

Omar Inzunza (BUNKER)

*Does not live in Pilsen but has worked/exhibited in the neighborhood

 

All of our work makes social and political statements. We work a lot with social movements around the world, most of them in latin america. We have made a lot of visual work for the EZLN, the indigenous movement in Mexico since 1994. Many of our murals are over there in small villages around the mountains in the south of the country.

 

I shared with you some of our work in murals and some poster propaganda. I have a solo exhibition right now in Mexico City in Bosque de Chapultepec, in public space.

Robert Valadez

Robert Valadez was born and raised in Chicago’s largely Mexican Pilsen community. He began painting while attending Benito Juarez High School. He participated in the painting of the mural at the school entitled “Esperanza”, created by Jaime Longoria and Malu Ortega Y Alberro in 1979. He has also studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the American Academy of Art. During the 80’s he became part of Pilsen’s vibrant mural movement and was an artist-in-residence at Casa Aztlan Cultural Center.  Robert also has a significant body of personal artwork, much of it focusing on his bicultural identity. He has exhibited his work numerous times at the National Museum of Mexican Art where he has artwork in the permanent collection. He has also exhibited in various group and solo exhibitions.  He also is an accomplished muralist, having been commissioned by the city of Sterling Illinois and the City of Muskegon Michigan for large public works.  He has received numerous other commissions, including a suite of paintings for the chapel altar at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School,  a painting of the Virgen de Guadalupe for The Claretians, Shrine of St. Jude,(A Catholic order),  as well as commercial work for Nescafe Coffee and Chivas de Guadalajara Soccer team/Miller Light among many others. 

Robert is also a well regarded art instructor, having worked in numerous summer and after school programs, including Gallery 37 in both the downtown and schools programs, conducting mural and painting workshops at Bogan, Bowen, Tilden High schools, as well as Casa Aztlan Community Center and the Yollocalli Youth Museum, (a youth initiative of the National Museum of Mexican Art).

Roland Santana

lives and works in Chicago, IL 

Roland Santana has gained the likes of several galleries and collectors and has participated in showcases in spaces such as Mana Contemporary, Chicago Art Department, Workshop 4200, Heaven Gallery, Chuquimarca Projects, Baby Blue Gallery and more.

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Born and raised in Culiacán, Sinaloa.

His passion for painting began at an early age on the streets of Culiacan with graffiti. In 2013 he started his evolution into urban ar

Senkoe’s work is a continuous reference to the discourse of identity

present in the use and reinterpretation of pre-Hispanic aesthetics, the use of

textiles and handcrafted references in the imaginary, mystical and typical pre-

Columbian cultures, mixed with current references like pop culture, graphic

design and illustration.

tist with the mission of leaving his mark along many walls of Culiacán. DiskeUno has murals in many cities across Mexico and also in Chicago. Recently worked on murals with Ricardo Angeles in partnership with Brown Wall Project in Little Village.

DiskeUno is inspired by the indigenous cultures and ethnic groups of Mexico. The rituals and ceremonies combined with nature in honor of the Mexican roots are the basis of DiskeUno’s work.

TMoney

Antonio Beniquez

AntBen doesn't live in Pilsen but has done a lot of work in Pilsen and is part of the Chicago art community. He often collaborates with Pilsen artists on projects all over the city.

Dwight White II

Caesar Perez

Pilsen-based Artist

Czr Prz is a multi-faceted urban contemporary/street artist, illustrator and go-to taskmaster for the imagination. Czr’s 20 year career has peppered the globe with various works. Although born and raised in Chicago, his stories have touched countless locations from America to Europe; works like large-scale murals, interior and exterior installations, paintings, sculptures as well as creative directed events and photo/video shoots. His work is very thematic and in a constant flux, changing from urban landscapes to elements nature down to abstractions of tangible objects. Even when transitioning between mediums, his work still maintains techniques from years of illustration, painting, and design, leaving a signature style that is visible regardless of the subject matter. Much of his influences lie in varied art forms from classical renaissance and Impressionism to more modern genres such as graffiti and graphic novels.

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