Photo: Faizal Westcott, courtesy of Urbano. (Pictured: Salvador Jiménez-Flores painting  Urbano's Nomadic Civic Sculpture ) 

Photo: Faizal Westcott, courtesy of Urbano. (Pictured: Salvador Jiménez-Flores painting Urbano's Nomadic Civic Sculpture

The content of my work is socio-political and is driven by my life experiences. In my work I explore the themes of colonization, migration (voluntary or involuntary), ‘the other,’ stereotypes and cultural appropriation. I take an interdisciplinary approach with my work by choosing the media that will best fit the idea I am trying to convey. As an artist I feel I have the responsibility to address the issues that affect my community, create awareness and propose actions through my art.
— Salvador Jiménez-Flores

Salvador Jiménez Flores has contributed to the Midwest art scene by producing a mixture of socially conscious installations, public art, and studio-based art. Born and raised in the small town of Jamay in Jalisco, México, Jiménez Flores moved to the U.S. with his family in 2000 when he was 15 years old. He received a Bachelors of Applied Arts in Graphic Design at Chicago’s Robert Morris University and a Master’s of Fine Arts from Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, MI.

Jiménez Flores has exhibited his work in numerous solo and group exhibitions in México, Nicaragua, and the USA. Since completing his Master’s Degree, he has worked as a Community Arts Advocate, and a member of Next Art Chicago, in addition to continuing his own artistic practices. Jiménez Flores primarily works with ceramics and mixed media, and is this year’s artist-in-residence at Harvard University’s Ceramic Program. A self-defined, “nomadic artist,” he creates art that considers the concept of cross-cultural identities, cultural adaptation, and coping with transition. His artwork brings together myth, history, religion, politics, and popular culture, and is driven by his life experiences. As an artist, Jiménez Flores considers himself an activist and is committed to creating art that helps communities flourish. 

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