United States b. 1983 Las Cruces, New Mexico
Zeke Peña’s interdisciplinary work about the U.S./Mexico border community explores universal themes by remixing contemporary and historical narratives. Through community engagement, collaboration, and radical praxis Peña makes work to activate audiences. He portrays people from his community and fictional characters in tragicomical stories to re-contextualize issues about migration, transnational culture and human rights. Using new and traditional media, Peña produces work informed by comic books, cinematography and border culture. He is self-taught in his studio practice, received a degree in Visual Studies (Art History) from the University of Texas at Austin and has exhibited at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, Albuquerque Hispanic Cultural Center, Houston Center of Photography, El Paso Museum of Art, Museo de Arte Ciudad Juárez as well as galleries in Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, San Antonio, Houston and Mexico City.
CV & STATEMENT
BA Visual Studies - University of Texas at Austin, Ampla Cum Laude - 2005
Areas of Focus: Indigenous & Meso-American Cosmology, Chicana/o Art, Feminist Studies, Film Studies
2016 | Reclaim - Rubin Center for Visual Arts. El Paso, TX.
2016 | Aztlán, the Permanent Collection and Beyond - Riverside Museum of Art, Riverside, CA.
2016 | Bravo/Grande - Chamizal Cultural Center. El Paso, TX.
2016 | Amexican@ - MexicArte Museum of Art, Austin, TX.
2016 | Welcome! - CAL State - Fine Arts Gallery - Los Angeles, CA.
2016 | House On Mango St.: Artist Interpret Community. - Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, NM & The National Museum of Mexican Art.
2016 | Visions From the Inside - Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art - Peekskill, NY.
2016 | LA/SA - Gravelmouth Gallery, San Antonio, TX.
2016 | Immigration & Citizenship - Idyllwild Arts Exhibition Center, Idyllwild, CA.
2016 | Desert Triangle Carpeta - El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, TX.
2015 | La Muerte Niña - National Museum of Mexican Art. Chicago, IL.
2015 | Return of the Souls - Self Help Graphics Gallery. Los Angeles, CA.
2015 | Agua///Frontera - Juárez Contemporary Gallery. Juárez, Chih., Mexico.
2015 | Comics With A Conscience - Dominguez Fine Arts Gallery. Chicago, IL.
2015 | Print Residency - Chicago, IL. Master Printer: Gabe Hoare & Liz Born.
2015 | Yay Big Southwest Print Exhibit - Rusteberg Gallery. Brownsville, TX.
2015 | Chelas Y Cheetos - Cinco Puntos Gallery. El Paso, TX.
2014 | Septiembre Photos - La Fe Cultural Center, El Paso, TX.
2014 | Rito Y Recuerdo - National Museum of Mexican Art. Chicago, IL.
2014 | Una Cita Con La Vida - Self-Help Graphics. Los Angeles, CA.
2013 | Exposicion - Maintain Creative Coalition, El Paso, TX.
2013 | Yay Big Southwest - Tucson, AZ & El Paso, TX.
2012 | Maintain Mobile - Chalk The Block. El Paso, TX.
2012 | Chucanos - Kalavera Gallery, El Paso, TX.
2011 | Free Radicals - Chalk the Block. El Paso, TX.
2011 | Border to Border - Gallery A.K.A., San Diego, CA.
2011 | Exquisite Dorks - DFault Gallery, El Paso, TX.
2009 | Redefining Walls - Union Gallery, Univ. of Texas El Paso.
2009 | Biennial Ciudad Juárez / El Paso - El Paso Museum of Art & Museo del Arte Juárez - El Paso, TX / Juaréz, CHIH. MX.
2009 | Viewfinder - Houston Center of Photography, Houston, TX.
2007 | High Contrast - Shine Gallery. El Paso, TX.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT + PRESENTATIONS + WORKSHOPS
2016 | Artist Talk & Studio Visits - University of Texas at El Paso. El Paso, TX.
2016 | Print Workshop & Presentation - University of Texas at Brownsville. Brownsville, TX.
2016 | Desert Environment on the Border Presentation - Centennial Museum at University of Texas at El Paso. El Paso, TX.
2015 | Freelance Futures: Professional Practices Workshop - CUADRO Community Space / Stan Lee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Arts. University of Texas at El Paso.
2015 | Waterbound Presentation - Bowie High School. El Paso, TX.
2015 | Artist In Business: Public Art Training - City of El Paso Museum and Cultural Affairs Dept. & Texas Commission on the Arts El Paso, TX.
2015 | Letters from the Inside - Participating artist in a national graphics campaign connecting visual artist with migrants in detention centers. Culture/Strike, San Francisco, CA.
2014 | Centennial Celebration of the Arts Presentation - Presentation of a participatory project about immigration and water. Stan Lee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts. El Paso, TX.
2014 | Visual Narratives: Collaborative Storytelling - Presentation at the Inaugural Wise Latina Conference, El Paso, Tx.
2009 | Young Curators: Summer Youth Art Program - Rubin Center, UTEP. El Paso, TX.
2005 | Abriendo Brecha / Haciendo Camino: Activist Scholarship on Race, Identity, and Mestizaje - Scholarly paper presentation Poster Theory: Cultural Identity & Reciprocity in Chicana/o Prinkmaking. Univ. of Texas at Austin.
2005 | Emerging Scholarship in Women & Gender Studies Conference - Scholarly paper presentation EARTHBODY: The Work of Ana Mendieta Univ. of Texas at Austin.
2002 - 2005 | Save Our Youth /Resistencia Bookstore - Event coordinator and host for Red Salmon Arts, Austin, TX.
AWARDS + RESIDENCIES
2017 | Santa Fe Artist Residency - Santa Fe Art Institute. Santa Fe, NM.
2016 | Stan Lee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts Excellence Endowment - El Paso, TX.
2016 | Artist Incubator Grant - NEA Art Works, The City of El Paso Museum and Cultural Affairs Dept. & Texas Commission on the Arts
2014 | Artist Incubator Grant - City of El Paso Museum and Cultural Affairs Dept. & Texas Commission on the Arts. El Paso, TX.
2014 | Special Projects Print Residency - Self Help Graphics, Los Angeles, CA. Master Printers José Alpuche, Self-Help Graphics.
2014 | Print Residency - Modern Multiples, Los Angeles, CA. Master Printers Richard Duardo & Ivan Alpuche.
2013 | Studio Internship - Artist Vincent Valdez, Strangest Fruit Series. San Antonio, TX.
2016 | National Museum of Mexican Art. Chicago, IL.
2016 | El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, TX.
2016 | Collection of Juan Sandoval. El Paso, TX.
2015 | Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center; University of Washington. Seattle, WA.
2014 | Collection of Gilbert & Dolores Cárdenas. Southbend, MI.
2014 | Collection of Dr. Harriet & Ricardo Romo. San Antonio, TX.
2013 | Collection of Karl Whitaker. Tucson, AZ.
Zeke (Ezequiel) Peña