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Zero 7 , 2002 Acrylic And Resin On Canvas Mounted On Wood 4ft X 7ft © Dzine
People Pushing By, Walking Off Into the Light, 2004 Acrylic With Glass Beads On Canvas Mounted On Wood 44 Inch Diameter © Dzine
Bangkok Bazaar , 2004 Acrylic And Glass Beads On Canvas Mounted On Wood 40 X 40 Inches © Dzine
To Be Continued (detail) , 2005 Acrylic And Enirotex On Canvas Mounted On Wood 70 X 70 Inches © Dzine
Study of Chocolate, Silver and White, 2005 Acrylic With Glass Beads On Canvas Mounted On Wood 12 X 12 Inches © Dzine
Coney Island Love , 2006 Acrylic And Glass Beads On Canvas Mounted On Wood 45 X 45 Inches © Dzine
Untitled , 2006 Astroturf On Satellite Dish © Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan
Barrio Dreams , 2007 Custom Low Rider Bicycle 24 Kt Gold Plating, Chrome, Enamel, Swarovski Crystals, Rubber And Mirror © Dzine
Paradise , 2007 Acrylic And Glass Beads On Canvas Mounted On Wood 40 X 40 Inches © Dzine
La Perla , 2008 Custom Lowrider Boat Enamel, Fiberglass, Steel, Mirror, Audio And Video © Deitch Projects, NY
Maharishi 2 , 2008 Acrylic, Glass Beads, Swarovksi Crystals And Varnish On Wood Panel 8 X 8ft © Dzine
The Love Below DETAIL , 2009 Custom Chandelier Sculpture. Vintage Crystals, Swarovski Crystals, 24kt Gold Plating, Metal, Bicycle Mirrors, Fabric And Car Audio System © Collection Vanmoerkerke, Oostende, Belgium
Outlaw - DETAIL , 2009 Swarovksi Crystals On Wood Panel 22 X 48 X 4 Inches © Dzine
Samlor (custom cycle rickshaw) , 2010 Enamel, Automotive Paint, Fiberglass, Plexi Glass, Gold & Chrome Plated Engraved Metal, Suede Fabric, Swarovski Crystals, 23kt Gold Leaf, Artificial Flowers, Vintage Chandelier, Custom Lowrider Tires, Audio © Collection: Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego
Voodoo , 2010 Metal, Glitter, Automotive Clear Coat, Found Objects, Swarovski Crystals, Rubber, Mirror, Silk Flowers, 24kt Gold Plating Dimensions Variable © Krinzinger Projekte, Vienna
Exhibition invitation
Untitled (Crystal Palaces) DETAIL , 2010 Acrylic And Crystallina On Wood Panel 60 Inches Diameter © Dzine
Out of Nothing , 2009 Acrylic, Crystalline And Resin On Wood 50 X 50 Inches © Dzine
For the boy who would be king , 2009 24kt Gold Leaf On Hand Woven Fabric And Swarovski Crystals 39 Inches In Diameter © Dzine
Study for, Sun Ra and the Trumpet , 2005 Acrylic, Interference Paint With Glass Beads On Canvas, Mounted On Wood 12 X 12 Inches © Dzine
© Courtesy of the artist & Salon 94 Freemans
Emigrants/Immigrants, 2012 © Courtesy the artist and Salon 94, New York; Photo: Emily Dahlquist
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Chicago, Illinois
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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