Cowboy in Distress

Juan Arango Palacios

$6,800.00

Juan Arango Palacios was born in Pereira, Colombia, and was raised in a traditional Catholic home. Their traditional upbringing was cut short by a series of migrations that their family took seeking a better future. The family moved from Colombia to southern Louisiana where Juan’s sense of identity and belonging began to be skewed by their lack of knowledge of the English language, their unfamiliarity with American culture, and their internal struggle with a queer identity. Living in other parts of Louisiana and Texas, and being further subdued by the conservative culture in which they lived, Juan continued to live with a constant fear of their own identity throughout their youth. Juan currently studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and has found a safe-haven within the queer community in Chicago.

As queer body that was raised in a post-colonial context in Colombia, Arango Palacios's identity was shaped in the shadows of North American normativity. Their sense of self was further confounded by a series of migrations that their family experience in search of work and a more prosperous future. Moving through varying homophobic and misogynistic cultures in Louisiana and Texas, they have formed a disembodied identity that is not attached to any specific homeland and has always been challenged by the general norm.

Juan's practice works towards addressing the lived experiences of ambulant queer identities that have been marginalized within a diasporic or migratory context. Through the fluid and boundless medium of paint, they have been able to represent memories,places, people, and archetypes that they associate with the safety, survival, and endurance of queer bodies in spaces that challenge their existence. Also, through the process of weaving they are producing narrative objects that aim at expressing the stories of individuals within a similar context. Placing emphasis on color and composition, Juan's work aims at creating images glorifying and fantasizing the idea of safety in a queer experience.

EDUCATION

2020 Bachelor of Fine Arts, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

SOLO AND DUO EXHIBITIONS

2021 Como Angel en Cielo - New Image Art, Los Angels, CA

They Seek To Glimmer - Musik Curatorial, Dallas, TX

Payasadas - Epiphany Center for the Arts, Chicago, IL

2020 Recuerdos - SITE Galleries, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2021 Recuerdos - Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago, IL

Orchids - New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA

Queerness in Color - Queer Art Collective, California State University Stanislaus, Turlock, CA

Clean Slate - Gruin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

A Flame Sparkling- Fluffy Crimes, Chicago, IL

2020 ENTRECUERPOS - Heaven Gallery, Chicago, IL

The Chicago Painters Exhibition - Happy Gallery Chicago, Chicago, IL

Undefined: Pride Month Benefit Project - Curina, New York City, NY

Undergraduate Exhibition - Sullivan Galleries, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

HYBERNATE - Workshop 4200, Chicago, IL

CUFFING - Jackson Junge Gallery, Chicago, IL

2019 CASA- 5th Floor Gallery, University of Illinois Chicago, Chicago,IL

2018 Strange - Lune Noir Gallery, Chicago,IL

2017 ARTBASH - School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

AWARDS / RESIDENCIES / FELLOWSHIPS

2021 Tanda 6 - Chuquimarca Projects, Chicago, IL

Resident Artist, Bed Stuy Art Residency, Brooklyn, NY

Viewing Program 20 / 21 Participant, The Drawing Center, New York City, NY

2020 Student Leadership Award, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Excellence in Leadership Award, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Chicago Artists Coalition SPARK Grant Recipient, Chicago, IL

2019 Yale Norfolk Summer School of Art Residency, Yale University, Norfolk, CT

Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative (DAMLI) Exhibition Design intern, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2018 Adrew W. Mellon Summer Scholar, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Dean’s List Award Recipient, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

PRESS

2021 Juan Arango Palacios: Como Angel en Cielo - Juxtapoz Magazine, Los Angeles, CA

2020 Juan Arango Palacios - Art Maze Magazine, Winter Issue 16, London, UK

Meet the Graduating Class - School of the Art Institute of Chicago Magazine, Chicago, IL

2019 Interactive Gallery: Room to Move - Art Institute of Chicago Member’s Magazine, Summer Issue, Chicago, IL

Year: 2019

Signed

Edition Total Count: 1

Edition Showfields Count: 1

Oil on canvas

68" x 72"

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