About

Carlos Flores is an interdisciplinary artist, lone-wolf activist, reverse-banditry organizer, and hacker-space maker based in Chicago. His work varies from painting and ceramics to collaborative installations and performances that explore how material methodology and linguistics engender identity. Themes of autofiction, autoconstrucción, queerness, alienation, and celebration are ingrained in his work.

For last two years, he has been investing his efforts in rigging up predatory efforts by real estate investors targeting vulnerable populations in working-class neighborhoods. Currently, he's working on launching a startup—that is both a business and a critical artwork—to take on the growing problem of displacement in Little Village and to fund a community art center.


b. Guadalajara, México

l. Chicago, Illinois


Education

2018 –     

Visual Arts Certificate Program, University of Chicago Graham School

2016 –  

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Arts, University of Illinois at Chicago


Work Experience

2018 - Present

Operations Coordinator, Chicago Art Department, Chicago, IL

2016 – 2019

Museum Operations, Adler Planetarium, Chicago, IL

2014 – 2016

Studio Lab Assistant, School of Art and Art History, UIC, Chicago, IL

2013 – 2014

Visual Arts Instructor, Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, Chicago,  IL


Residencies / Fellowships 

2017 –               

Ox-Bow School of Art Fall Residency, Saugatuck, MI

The Center Program; Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL 

2016 –                 

Luminarts Visual Arts Fellow, Chicago, IL

LAUNCH Invitational Residency, Chicago Artists Coalition


Achievements / Awards  

2017 

Full Scholarship, The Center Program, Hyde Park Art Center

Fall Artists' Residency Stipend Award, Ox-Bow, Saugatuck, MI       

2016 – 2017 

Education Advisory Group member for the Chicago Artists Coalition

2016 – 

UIC Faculty Award for Art, School of Art and Art History, University of Illinois at Chicago 

Talent Tuition Award, School of Art and Art History, University of Illinois at Chicago

2015 –          

Talent Tuition Award, School of Art and Art History, University of Illinois at Chicago


Exhibitions / Artist Talks 

2019 –

Made In the Fab Lab, Link, Polsky Exchange, Chicago IL

Post Practice,  Chicago Art Department, Chicago IL

Solo Exhibition *TBD, Chicago Art Department, Chicago IL

2017 – 

Front & Center, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL

2016 –                

Project Zero Waste, Hostel Earphoria, Chicago, IL

Villarte, 11th annual Arts Festival, Chicago, IL

Luminarts Visual Arts Competition Exhibition, Union League Club of Chicago

As Little Defined As Anything Else, University of Illinois at Chicago

2014 –                  

Introspection: Anatomy of the Interior, GBU, Chicago, IL


Curatorial Projects

2016 –                  

Celebrating Comunidad, Cultura y Familia: Past and Present, Villarte Annual Exhibitions, Chicago, IL

Senior Thesis Exhibition Curatorial Committee, University of Illinois at Chicago

2014 –                  

Introspection: Anatomy of the Interior, GBU, show co-curator


Bibliography / Mentions 

2016 –                  

As Little Defined As Anything Else, Senior Project Thesis Catalogue, University of Illinois at Chicago

VIVELOHOY: Vida, arte y tradición en La Villita: 11 November 2016. http://www.vivelohoy.com/entretenimiento/8740700/vida-arte-y-tradicion-en-la-villita

La Raza: Adónde ir y qué hacer en Chicago y suburbios : 4 November 2016. http://laraza.com/2016/11/02/adonde-ir-y-que-hacer-en-chicago-y-suburbios-4/

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