United States b. 1983 Las Cruces, New Mexico
Zeke Peña is a cartoonist, an illustrator, and a painter. He was born in southern New Mexico and grew up on the US–Mexico border in El Paso, TX. He received a degree in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin and is self-taught in the studio. His illustrations have appeared on album and book covers, in editorials and comics, and as graphics for community organizing. His work has been exhibited at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, Albuquerque Hispanic Cultural Center, Houston Center of Photography, MACLA (San Jose), Loisaida Center (NY), El Paso Museum of Art, Museo de Arte Ciudad Juárez and other galleries in the US and Mexico. His recent cover illustration work for Cinco Puntos Publishing (El Paso, TX) includes Gabi, A Girl in Pieces (Isabel Quintero, 2013), Seeing Off The Johns (Rene Perez, 2014), Rani Patel: In Full Effect (Sonia Patel, 2015) and Jaya and Rasa: A Love Story (Sonia Patel, 2017. He recently finished Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide (Getty Publishing, 2017), a graphic biography about the Mexican photographer with author Isabel Quintero.
BA Art History/Visual Studies - University of Texas at Austin, Ampla Cum Laude - 2005
Areas of Focus: U.S./MX Border & Southwest Region, Indigenous Art, Chicana/o Art, Women/Gender Studies, Film Studies
2017 | Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide Getty Publishing - Illustrated graphic novel with author Isabel Quintero.
2017 | Jaya And Rasa: A Love Story - Cinco Puntos Press / Sonia Patel, author - Illustrated book cover + Production graphics.
2017 | Your Healing Is Killing Me - Plays Inverse Press / Vicki Grise, author - Illustrated play cover + Production graphics
2017 | Border Community Speaks - The Nib: Daily Comics Publication - Web comic
2016 | This Land Is Your Land - Chicano Batman, Johnnie Walker campaign - Illustrated album cover
2016 | YONKE - Self-Initiated Project - Comic zine about the border
2016 | Disasters of War - Self-Initiated Project - Comic zine about war crimes on the US/MX border
2015 | Visions From The Inside - Culture/Strike - Illustration
2015 | Hotel Indigo - Hotel Indigo (El Paso) + CAD Studio - Mural, Concept Design + Wall Treatments
2015 | Rani Patel: In Full Effect - Cinco Puntos Press / Sonia Patel, author - Illustrated book cover + Production graphics
2015 | Sunset Mountains - Ode Brewing Co. - Mural + illustration
2014 | Gabi, A Girl In Pieces - Cinco Puntos Press/ Isabel Quintero, author - Illustrated book cover + interior Illustrations
2014 | Desert Yeti - Macbeth Footwear - Mural, shirt graphic + print
2014 | Los Lobos - Modern Multiples/Los Lobos - Gig poster
2017 | Future Now/Futuro Ahora - Loisaida Art Center. Harlem, NY.
2017 | 6th Annual Chicana/o Biennial - MACLA. San Jose, CA.
2017 | Amexican@ - Gravelmouth Gallery, San Antonio, TX.
2017 | Bravo/Grande - Roswell Museum and Art Center. Roswell, NM.
2016 | Reclaim - Rubin Center for Visual Arts. El Paso, TX.
2016 | Aztlán, the Permanent Collection and Beyond - Riverside Museum of Art, Riverside, CA.
2016 | Amexican@ - Mexic-Arte Museum of Art, Austin, TX.
2016 | Welcome! - CAL State - Fine Arts Gallery - Los Angeles, CA.
2016 | House On Mango St.: Artist Interpret Community. - HCC, ABQ., NM curated by NMMA Chicago, IL.
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
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 MCAD & 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 MCAD. & Texas Commission on the Arts
2015 | Studio Residency - Firestation No. 4, San Antonio, TX.
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.
2017 | Hispanic Cultural Center. Albuquerque, NM (pending)
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.