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E L S A  M U Ñ O Z

Elsa Munoz - Navel art

Chicago, USA (1983)

"Soy una artista mexicoamericana nacida en el lado sur de Chicago. El haberme criado en un entorno sin espacios verdes me enseñó a valorar la conexión entre la naturaleza y la salud personal. Mis pinturas exploran los hilos que conectan la ecología, la cultura y la espiritualidad.


Me interesa el estudio de la ecopsicología, la ecología somática, y la filosofía del reencantamiento como un activismo espiritual vital en tiempos de colapso climático e incertidumbre."

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2006 Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, American Academy of Art, Chicago, Illinois

Solo Shows
2022 Panorama, GOOGLE Chicago, Chicago, IL
2022 Controlled Burns, Brandt Roberts Galleries, Columbus, OH
2017 Solo Exhibition, SugarCube Gallery, Denver, CO
2016 The Unknowable, The Union League Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL
2014 Sea and Landscapes, Zygman Voss Gallery, Chicago, IL
2013 Transience, Zygman Voss Gallery, Chicago, IL
2012 Still: Paintings for Blanca, Dubhe Carreno Gallery, Chicago, IL
2011 Claro y Obscuro, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL
2010 Sublime Nature, South Suburban College, South Holland, IL
2010 Introspection, Dubhe Carreno Gallery, Chicago, IL

Print and Reviews
2021 “Time, Tending and Porosity: Elsa Munoz and Chenoa Baker in Conversation,” Sixty
Inches from Center, December 17, 2021
2021 “Elsa Muñoz undrowns her community with every painting” Chicago Reader, May 2021
2014 “Elsa Muñoz Sea and Landscapes,” Recommended, Newcity Art, November 2014
2013 “30 Under 30” Art Business News, November 2013
2012 “Good Art on View in Chicago,” Paul Klein Art Letter, April 5, 2012 2012 “Elsa Munoz
@ Dubhe Carreno Gallery,” IPaintMyMind, April 12, 2012 2012 “Elsa Munoz at the Dubhe
Carreno Gallery,”, April 7, 2012 2011 “Top 5 of Everything 2011: Art” for
‘Claro y Obscuro’ at NMMA, Newcity Art, December 2011 “Elsa Muñoz’s Claro y Obscuro,”
CBSnews, October 17, 2011
2011 “Elsa Muñoz/National Museum of Mexican Art,” Newcity Art, Aug 23, 2011
2011 “Elsa Muñoz — Interview,” Chicago Art Magazine, July 12, 2011

Artist Talks & Residencies
2022 Artist Talk, Brandt Roberts Galleries, Columbus, OH
2020 Artist Talk, North Park University, Chicago, IL

2019 Artist Talk, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
2019 Visiting Artist/Residency, American Academy of Art, Chicago, IL
2019 Artist Talk, American Academy of Art, Chicago, IL


Book Covers
2017 Mar en Los Huesos by Juana Iris Goergen
2015 The Female Complaint Edited by Rosalie Morales Kearns
2012 INPA 1 International Painting Annual, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

Notable Collections
North Park University, Chicago, IL — “Mano y Tierra,” 2017
National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL — “Drifting Sun,” 2010
Private Collection of Martin Castro, Chairman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights under
President Barack Obama

2022 Spark Grant, Chicago Artist Coalition, Chicago, IL
2021 “Best of the Net” for “Summer Boy”, Jet Fuel Review Magazine
2019 Helen and Tim Meier Foundation For The Arts Achievement

Group Exhibitions
2022 And the Darkness is Luminous, Chicago Temple Gallery, Chicago, IL
2022 Contracorriente, Chicago Art Department, Chicago, IL
2022 From The Earth, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN
2022 Unseen Things Are Still There, Riverside Arts Center, Riverside, IL 2022
Art in Embassies (AIE), Mexico City, Mexico
2022 Fahrenheit 2022, Glow Exhibitions, Chicago, IL
2021-2022 Still Life, The Franklin, Chicago, IL
2021 Intersect, Brandt-Roberts Galleries, Columbus, OH
2021 Clearing, La Luz De Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2021 Fugue State, Gallery Victor Armendariz, Chicago, IL
2020 Solo Un Poco Aqui, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL
2020 Vespertine, Dunedin Art Center, Dunedin, FL
2020 Women Heal Through Rite and Ritual, Galerie Myrtis, Baltimore, MD
2020 3rd Midwest Open, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL
2019 DARK, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
2019 Looking at Things Directly, North Park University, Chicago, IL
2017 Polarity, Gold Gallery, Boston, MA
2015 Chicago Paints, Ohio University of Art and Design, Athens, Ohio
2015 La Muerte Niña, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL

2015, Nuestras Historias, Stories of Mexican Identity from the Permanent Collection, National
Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL
2014 Border Crossings, Expo Chicago at Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
2013 She Divided the World into Thirds, North Park University, Chicago, IL
2012 Memorias y Sueños, Cliff Dwellers Club, Chicago, IL
2012 Ways of Making: Painting, Governors State University, University Park, IL 2012
From What I Remember/ From What I Forget, Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA 2011
Dia de Muertos XXV, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL 2011 Get Real,
33 Collective Gallery, Chicago, IL
2010 Centerline, Zhou B. Arts Center, Chicago, IL
2009 Around the Coyote Spring and Fall Arts Festival, Chicago, IL
2009 Milwaukee Arts Fest, Chicago, IL
2009 Growing up CAD, Chicago Art Department Auction, Chicago, IL
2009 Behind the Wheel: A Celebration of Feminism, Framing Mode Gallery, Chicago, IL
2008 The Artist Project at the Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL
2008 Frame Warehouse Artist Weekends, Evanston, IL
2006 Little Village Arts Fest, Chicago, IL
2006 Perspectives on Immigration, Beverly Arts Center, Beverly, IL
2006 Day of the Dead: Rooted in Tradition, Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, Chicago, IL
2006 State of the Art, The Tavern Club, Chicago, IL
2006 Bachelor Graduating Exhibition, American Academy of Art, Chicago, IL

Publications2017 Fine Art Connoisseur Volume 14 Issue 4, August 20172015 The Female Complaint, Shade Mountain Press, cover art featuring “Copper Vessel”2011 Manifest Gallery First International Painting Annual, Cincinnati, OH

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