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LEEAHN GALLERY, SCAI the Bathhouse, Salon 94


Through an ongoing response to popular culture, post-conceptual methods, baroque elements, romanticism, craft-making and appropriation, Chicago-based artist Dzine has developed his own language that is finding its place in our contemporary art discourse. Dzine has created works that contextualizes these diverse elements into a vernacular of contemporary aesthetics.

Often dissected and consistently engaging, his work addresses culture through a lens of spirituality, beauty, desire, faith, folklore, and identity. A mixture of sculpture, paintings, and installation, the works reside in an imaginative, kaleidoscopic, and meticulous world. The juxtaposition and combination of the studio paintings, the appropriated and original kustom kulture sculptures result in hybrid artifacts that are beautifully crafted, aggressive, thoughtful, sexual, and strangely seamless. Raw, fluid and sexually physical, the large-scale paintings consume our attention and drawing us closer to their iconography. There is no casual gaze at these art works, as the visual excess repels and then pulls the viewer closer into the work. The artist seeks to change the rules concerning the final image by illuminating how the masculine can become delicate, how baroque can be minimal, and how rational can become emotional. The work is at once melancholic, excessive and exuberant poised somewhere between celebration and regret. The result proves to be universal and painstakingly honest.

As noted by the Art Critic Stephanie Gonzlanez – Turner in her review of Dzine’s first solo exhibition at New York's Deitch Projects in Art in America magazine, “Dzine brings an outsiders veneration to the pastime —here the sincerity of the craft resounds more than its gaudiness”.

Dzine is a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation award for Painting and Sculpture. His work has been included in exhibitions and in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York - Collection Vanmoerkerke, Oostende, Belgium - Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev - Museo del Barrio, NY and Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan. He has participated in residencies at The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, United Kingdom and Instituto Buena Bista, Curacao Centre For Contemporary Art. In 2007 Deitch Projects, NY presented Barrio Dreams, introducing the new sculptural work influenced by the Chicano Lowrider culture at Art Basel Miami Beach. This followed the success of his presentation at Poem of an Inland Sea, Ukrainian Pavilion, 52nd Biennale di Venezia.

Dzine has exhibited extensively, both in the US and internationally. Solo museum exhibitions and projects include Flint Institute of Arts,Michigan, Bass Museum of Art, Miami, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan. The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Punk-Funk, Contemporary Art Museum, St.Louis, Museum Het Domein, Sittard, The Netherlands. His work has also recently been included in “Living in Evolution,” the Busan Biennale, and Viva La Revolucion: A Dialogue with the Urban Landscape, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.

In recognition of his recent studio practice, Dzine has been selected as the Kraus Visiting Professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon University, spring 2011.

Dzine CV


1989 Briefly studied at Columbia College, Chicago
2011 Kraus Visiting Professor of Art, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburg

Selected Solo Exhibitions/Projects


  • Zeniths and Daytons, Galerie Zidoun, Luxembourg
  • Salon 94, New York (Upcoming)
  • Voodoo, Leo Koenig Projekte, New York
  • Voodoo, Krinzinger Projekte, Vienna
  • Posse, Flint Institute of Arts, Michigan

  • Bass Museum of Art, Miami
  • Love & Loyalty, Leeahn Gallery, Daegu, Korea

  • The Beautiful Struggle, Deitch Projects, New York
  • Emily Murphy Contemporary, Madrid, Spain
  • Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois

  • Contemporary Arts Society, Rome
  • Museum Het Domein, Sittard, Netherlands

  • Stealing Dreams, SCAI The Bathhouse/Shiraishi Contemporary, Tokyo
  • Somewhere over the Rainbow, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago
  • Dzine, Museo del Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan (catalogue.)
  • Just Kidding, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, United Kingdom

  • Punk Funk, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis (catalogue)

  • Staring at the Sun, moniquemeloche, Chicago
  • Gangster Boogie, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
  • Dzine, Illinois State Museum Gallery, Chicago
    (Traveled to University of Missouri - Gallery 210, St. Louis & Illinois State Museum, Lockport, Illinois )
  • Dzine, Equal Gallery, Osaka, Japan (catalogue.)
  • Beautiful Things, SCAI The Bathhouse/Shiraishi Contemporary, Tokyo
  • Project Space, ARCO ‘04-International Contemporary Art Fair, Madrid

  • Alley Oop, Institute of Visual Art Center (inova), Milwaukee
  • Tokyo Boogie, University of Alabama Visual Arts Gallery, Birmingham Alabama

  • Beat Junkie, Chop Shop, moniquemeloche gallery, Chicago
  • Sampler, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

Selected Group Exhibitions/Projects

  • Commercial Break, Garage Projects (Moscow), 54th Venice Biennale
  • Geared: The Culture of Bicycles, Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Idaho
  • VOCES Y VISIONES: Signs, Systems and the City in El Museo del Barrio's Permanent Collection, El Museo del Barrio, New York

  • Legal Tender, Martha Otero Gallery, Los Angeles
  • Living in Evolution, Busan Biennale - curated by Takashi Azumaya
  • Viva La Revolucion: A Dialogue with the Urban Landscape, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego
  • (I Can) Feel the Pulse, MAMA, Rotterdam
  • Stages (organized by Lance Armstrong and Nike), Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris
    (Traveled to Deitch Projects, New York, and O.H.W.O.W, Miami)
  • Not So Minimal, Collection Vanmoerkerke, Oostende, Belgium

  • Barrio Dreams, Deitch Projects, Art Basel Miami Beach 2007, Miami, FL
  • A Poem about an Inland Sea, Ukrainian Pavilion, 52nd Venice Biennale
  • Carribean Encounters, Brooklyn Museum, New York
  • Simply Beautiful, LABoral, Gijon, Spain
  • Generations U(s)A, Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev
  • Public Image, Painting the City, Fundament Foundation, Tilburg, Netherlands

  • Spank the Monkey, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, United Kingdom
  • New Territories: On Youth Culture, Carla Arocha and Dzine, ARCO ’06, Madrid

  • Lost in Music, Nerman Museum of Art/JCCC, Overland Park, Kansas

  • None of the Above: Contemporary Work by Puerto Rican Artists, Real Art Ways, Hartford
    (traveled to Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico)
  • Stop & Stor: new painters, LUXE Gallery, New York

  • Painting by Design, Wayne State University Gallery, Detroit
  • Sk8 on the Wall, Rocket Gallery, Tokyo (traveled to Parco Gallery, Nagoya)

Artist in Residence

  • Instituto Buena Bista, Curacao Centre For Contemporary Art, Netherlands Antilles
  • Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, United Kingdom
  • City of Chicago Sister Cities Program,The National Museum, Nairobi, Kenya


  • Joan Mitchell Painting and Sculpture Award
  • National Endowment for the Arts

Public Collections

  • Brooklyn Museum, NY
  • City of Chicago Public Art Collection, Illinois
  • Collection Vanmoerkerke, Oostende, Belgium
  • Fundacion Alorda - Derksen, Barcelona
  • Museo del Barrio, New York
  • Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan
  • Museum Het Domein, Sittard, Netherlands
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego
  • Nerman Museum of Art, Kansas City
  • Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev
  • Steven and Alexandra Cohen Collection, NY
  • Sal. Oppenheim Collection, Cologne
  • Yuz Art Foundation, Shanghai
Recent Exhibits

Dzine participated in these exhibits:

Jan, 2014 Born, Carlos Rolon, 1970
Salon 94 Bowery
Dec, 2013 DRUCK BERLIN: Screenprint Festival
Jun, 2013 Homebodies
Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA)
Jun, 2013 Junkies’ Promises
Paul Kasmin Gallery - 10th Ave
Jun, 2013 Junkies’ Promises
Paul Kasmin Gallery 515 West 27th Street
Jan, 2013 Victory
Dallas Contemporary
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