​© 2019 by Rodrigo Lara Zendejas

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Born in Mexico in 1981, Rodrigo Lara Zendejas received an MFA from School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in 2013 and his BFA, Summa Cum Laude, from the Universidad de Guanajuato in Mexico in 2003. Lara has had solo exhibitions at institutions such as the Museo de Arte Moderno in the state of Mexico; Museo de la Ciudad in Querétaro, Mexico; Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago; the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago; C.G. Boerner in New York City; Centro cultural Ignacio Ramírez El Nigromante in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico; Kruger Gallery in Marfa, Texas; and Test Site Projects in Las Vegas, among others. He has been in such residencies as the Vermont Studio Center, ACRE, Ragdale, Mana Miami, Rogers Art Loft, and Cross Currents: Cultural Exchange. Lara has two monographs of his work, Máscaras y Artefactos and Memorials. He won the first price in sculpture at the Premio Nacional de las Artes Visuales in Mexico in 2010. He has received several awards including: Proyectos Especiales FONCA (Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes), Mexico City; Emerging Artist Grant, Joan Mitchell Foundation, New York City; Jóvenes Creadores, FONCA, Mexico City; Extraordinary Abilities Visa, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services; James Nelson Raymond Fellowship, 2013 SAIC Fellowship Competition; PECDA Estudios en el extranjero, Instituto Queretano de la Cultura y las Artes; International Graduate Scholarship, SAIC; and the John W. Kurtich Travel Scholarship, SAIC, Berlin/Kassel, Germany, among others. Currently, Lara lives and works in Chicago and Mexico.

Education
 

2013      M.F.A. Studio Art, Concentration: Ceramics.

               The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL James Nelson Raymond Fellowship

2013      “Contemporary Art and Criticism” (Michelle Grabner and Shane Campbell) New York, NY

2012      “The New Berlin and Documenta 13” (Daniel Eisemberg and Ellen Rothenberg) Berlin/Kassel, Germany

2003      B.F.A. Studio Art, Concentration: Sculpture. Instituto Allende.

               Universidad de Guanajuato, San Miguel de Allende, Gto. México, Summa Cum Laude

 

Awards
 

2010 - present

2010 - present

2017      “Proyectos Independientes” FONCA (Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes) Mexico City, Mex.

2016      "Emerging Artist Grant" Joan Mitchell Foundation, New York City, NY

2014      "Jóvenes Creadores" FONCA (Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes) Mexico City, Méx.

              "Extraordinary Talets Visa" U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

2013      “Artist’s Grant” Vermont Studio Art Center, Johnson, VT

               “James Nelson Raymond Fellowship” 2013 SAIC Fellowship Competition, Chicago, IL

2012      “PECDA Study Abroad” Instituto Queretano de la Cultura y las Artes. Querétaro, Qro. Méx.

               “John W. Kurtich Travel Scholarship” The New Berlin and Documenta, Germany

               “2012-2013 International Graduate Scholarship” The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

2011       Representing Mexico “Ceramics Annual of America” Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA

               “The Incentive Scholarship” The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. IL
2010       “National Prize of Visual Arts” 1st Place in Sculpture, Libertad Gallery, Querétaro, Qro. Méx.

                “Apoyarte” Grant. Instituto Queretano de la Cultura y las Artes, Querétaro, Qro. Méx.
                Honorific Mention, “National Ceramic Award” Tlaquepaque, Jalisco, Méx.

2008      “Masks” Fundación DRT Grant, Querétaro, Qro. Méx.
1999        2nd Place “Masks” Instituto Allende, San Miguel de Allende, Gto. Méx.

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions
 
 

2020     Title TBD, Visual Arts Gallery, Governors State University, University Park, IL 

2019      “Polyrhythms” Arrowhead Gallery, Waubonsee Community College, Sugar Grove, IL

              "Paradiddle" Test Site Projects, Las Vegas, NV

              "Recent Work (Ephemeral Memorials Series)" Skylight Gallery, Governors State University, University Park, IL     

2016      "Narrativas del Expatriado" Kruger Gallery, Marfa, TX

               “Deportable Aliens” C.G. Boerner, New York City, NY

               "La Paz" Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL 

2015      “Deportable Aliens” National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL

2014      "Recent Work" Mana Contemporary 613, Chicago, IL

2013      “Broken Dialogue” Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México Campus Chicago, IL

2011       Rodrigo Lara “Retrospective Exhibition” Museum of Modern Art, Toluca, Edo. Méx.
               “Devastación en carne propia” Municipal Gallery. Quéretaro, Méx.
2010      “Enjambre” Atelier Gallery, Fabrica la Aurora. San Miguel de Allende, Gto. Méx.
               “Artifacts II” Cine Teatro Rosalío Solano, Querétaro, Qro. Méx.
               “Enjambre” Libertad Gallery, Querétaro, Qro. Méx.
2009      “Masks” DRT Gallery, Querétaro, Qro. Méx.
2008      “Rodrigo Lara” Gallery and Studio, Rodrigo Lara, Querétaro, Qro. Méx.
                “Gravedad y emoción” Salvador Zúñiga Gallery, Casa de la culturade Celaya.  Gto. Méx.
2008      “Creación humana” BU Gallery, Fabrica la Aurora. San Miguel de Allende, Gto. Méx.
                “Cuerpos en movimiento” Gallería Contemporanea. San Juan del Río, Qro. Méx.
                “Artifacts” Atelier Gallery, Fabrica la Aurora. San Miguel de Allende, Gto. Méx.
                “Figura Humana” DRT Gallery, Querétaro Méx.
2007       “Secuelas de Guerra II” Centro cultural Ignacio Ramírez El Nigromante, San Miguel de Allende, Gto. Méx.
                “Retrospectiva” Coleccionista Mario Ponce, México D.F.
2006       “Urbe indiferente” Artes México, Carlos MuRo Gallery, San Miguelde Allende, Gto. Méx
                “Secuelas de Guerra” Universidad del Valle de México, Campus Querétaro. Qro. Méx.
2003       “La Intensidad de un Tiempo” Museo de la Ciudad, Querétaro, Qro. Méx.
2002       “Movimientos Gestuales” Pérgola Gallery, San Miguel de Allende, Gto. Méx.
                 Mural “Villa y la Revolución” Permanent exhibition, Fancisco Villa Elementary School

                 San Juan  Juvenal, San Miguel de Allende, Gto. Méx.

 

Selected Group Exhibitions
 
 

2019    “Cross Currents” Smart Museum, Chicago, IL

            “Cross Currents” Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales, Habana, Cuba

2018    “Tlatelolco 68” National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL

            “The Annual” Chicago Artist Coalition, Chicago, IL

2017      “Papantla tus hijos vuelan” Installation at 6018North, Chicago, IL

              “Rise from the Rubble, Weather the Winds, Chicago Artist Coalition, Chicago, IL

              “Art Miami” Zolla-Lieberman Gallery, Miami, FL

              "Rodin and the Contemporary Figurative Tradition" Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park,

               Grand Rapids, MI

              “Expo Chicago” Zolla-Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL

              "Memoria Presente" National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL

              "Creación en Movimiento" Centro Cultural Universitario Tlatelolco, Mexico City, Mexico 

              "Layer Cakes" Zolla-Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL

              "Four Saints in Three Acts" DePaul Art Museum, Chicago, IL

2015      "Chapel" 6018 North, Expo Chicago 

              "Nuestras Historias" (Permanent Exhibition) National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL

2014      "Gravity" Flats Studio, Chicago, IL

               "Day of the Dead: Rito y Recuerdo" National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL

               "Front and Center" Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL 

               "Playground" Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL

2013      “Metamorphosis” Noyes Art Center, Evanston, IL

               “MFA Show” Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL

  Art Palm Beach, Palm Beach County Convention Center, Florida

2012       “New Work” Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL

                Art Palm Beach, Palm Beach County Convention Center, Florida

2011        Ceramics Annual of America, Fort Mason, San Francisco CA

2010       “70 Artistas una misma causa” Museo de Arte de Querétaro, Qro. Méx.
2009      “Cuerpo presente” City Museum, Querétaro, Qro. Méx.
                “El MACAY, Anfitrión de la plástica nacional” Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Ateneo de

                Yucatán. Mérida, Yucatán. Méx.
                “Tianquiztli” Libertad Gallery, Querétaro, Qro. Méx.
2008       “Stations and Terminals” Libertad Gallery, Querétaro, Qro. Méx.
                “Collective” Kunsthaus Santa Fe, San Miguel de Allende, Gto. Méx.
                "Pedro Coronel Biennale" Ex-templo de San Agustín, Zacatecas, Zac. Méx.
                "Collective exhibition" Náxica Gallery, Mexico, D.F. Méx.
                "Collective exhibition" Factor Arte Gallery, Pto. Vallarta, Jal. Méx.
2007       “Talentos Queretanos” DRT Gallery, Querétaro, Qro. Méx.
                “Basic Element” Centro cultural Ignacio Ramírez El Nigromante, 
San Miguel de Allende, Gto. Méx.
2006       “Arte en Espiral” Art Museum of Querétaro, Querétaro, Qro. Méx.
                “Function and Beauty” Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL
                “En tus manos” Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, Chicago, IL
                “9/11 Un lustro después” City Museum, Querétaro, Qro. Méx.
2005       "Libertad Art Contest", Libertad Gallery, Querétaro, Qro. Méx.
                “3 Surreal Visions” Las Palmas, Chicago, IL
                “Postcards” Staatliche Akademie der Bilden Künste, Karlsruhe, Germany
2004       “Day of the Dead” L’association pour l’estampe et l’art populaire, Paris, France
                “Pilsen Open Studios” Casa Aztlán, Chicago, IL
                “Ounce of Art, Pound of Cure Auction” West Loop Studio, Chicago, IL
                “3rd Annual Pilsen  Cultural  Celebration” Harrison Park, Chicago, IL
                “Summer Art Show” Flat Iron Arts Building, Chicago, IL
                “Rejectamenta” Gross Park, Chicago, IL
2003      “Day of the Dead: Reflections of the Soul” National Museum of Mexican Arts, Chicago, IL
                “Collective Exhibition” Indigo Gallery, San Miguel de Allende, Gto. Méx.
                “Change of Season” Corazones 19 Gallery, Guanajuato, Gto. Méx.
                “3 Dimensional” Kunsthaus Santa Fe, San Miguel de Allende, Gto. Méx.
2002       "Photography Collective Exhibition" Pérgola Gallery , San Miguel de Allende Gto. Méx 
                “De Todo Tipo” Área 51, San Miguel de Allende, Gto. Méx.
2001       “Comprarte” Cámara de Diputados, Toluca, Méx.
                “Retrospective Exhibition 50 years of Art in San Miguel de Allende” Pérgola Gallery,

                 San Miguel de Allende, Gto. Méx.       
2000       “Day of the Dead Exhibition” Pérgola Gallery, San Miguel de Allende, Gto. Méx.
                “Artefilia” Pérgola Gallery, San Miguel de Allende, Gto. Méx.
1999       “Crossed Paths” Pérgola Gallery, San Miguel de Allende, Gto. Méx.

Residencies
 
 

2019    Rogers Art Loft, Las Vegas, NV

2018    Mana Residency, Miami, FL

2017    Cross Currents: Intercambio Cultural, Havana, Cuba

2016    Ragdale, Lake Forest, IL

2015    ACRE, Steuben, WI

2014    Center Program, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL

            Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

 

 

Selected Publications
 
 

 

2017     Memorials, Rodrigo Lara, 160 Pg. monograph, Editorial Calygramma, Quéretaro, Qro. Méx.

2016     Breakout Artists, Lee Ann Norman, NewCity, Chicago, IL

             Mirar hacia ambos lados, Giorgio Lavezzaro, Excelsior, Mexico City, Mex.

2015     Critics’ Picks, Zeenat Nagree, Artforum International

              Los monstrous de la xenofóbia, Gerogina Valverde, Contratiempo, Chicago, IL

              Mascaras y Artefactos, Rodrigo Lara, 80 pg. catalogue, Editorial Calygramma, Quéretaro, Mex.

              5 Shows to see now, No.1 Rodrigo Lara Zendejas, Lee Ann Norman, NewCity, Chicago, IL

2014      Rodrigo Lara, Barro Desmembrado, Federico de la Vega, Revista Cerámica, Madrid, Spain

2013      Memorial de Cuerpos, Rodrigo Lara, Separata Art Magazine, No. 29, Quéretaro, Qro. Méx.

2012      Ceramics Annual of America, Ilena Finocchi, Ceramics Monthly, January 2012 U.S.A.

2010      Masks and Artifacts, Rodrigo Lara. Separata Art Magazine, No. 18, Quéretaro, Qro. Méx.
2008     DRT Artists, Rodrigo Lara. Real State, No. 54. Méx.
2007      Bolts of Emotion, Rodrigo Lara Shapes his World, Rachel Hartman. Senses Magazine, Issue 1    Vol. 4, California
2006      Rodrigo Lara’s Figurative Ceramics, Elizabeth Reichert. Ceramics Art and Perception, Issue 63,

               Adelaide, Australia

DePaul Art Museum, Chicago

Kruger Gallery, Marfa, TX

Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago

​Harold Washington College

Chicago Public Library

ChiArts, Chicago

Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Department of Ceramics

Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan

Instituto Allende, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico

Universidad del Valle de Mexico, Queretaro, Mexico

 

 

 

Visiting Artist/Lectures
 
Public Collections
 

National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL

Centro de las Artes de Querétaro, México

Museo de Arte Moderno del Estado de México

Gobierno del Estado de Querétaro

Fudanción DRT, Querétaro, México

Courses and Workshops Attended

2013      Symposium “Caribbean Crossroads” Museo del Barrio/Queens Museum of Art, NYC

2007      “Visual Arts Pruduction” (Jordi Boldó) Art Museum of Querétaro. Querétaro, Méx.
2006      International Mural Encounter, Casa de la Cultura de Coyacán. Mexico City.
2003/2004   Self-Help Graphics- Monoprints, Yollacalli Youth Museum, Chicago, IL
2004      “Figurative Sculpture”  (Susan Clinard) Palette and Chisel Academy, Chicago, IL
2003      “Figurative Sculpture” (Omar Vera) Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL
2003      “Ceramics and Drawing”  (Jason Walker) Lill Street Art Center, Chicago, IL