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Bio

Julio Gonzalez is a self-taught multidisciplinary artist. His work stems from the exploration into his mixed heritage. Born of a Honduran mother and Mexican father while growing up in the South during the 80's, his experience is one of being from somewhere else. His practice relies on constantly asking "what if?" and embracing the random. 

I create art because it is meditative and it helps me think through my observations of the world. What I am most interested in is looking at the present and future through the lens of my history and culture. I utilize Mexican and Mayan design aesthetics to create works that explore our modern human experiences. I aim to create visually pleasing work as a way to introduce discussion of ideas and concepts that can be uncomfortable for most.  

 

CV

Solo Exhibitions
2016 “SONRIA” @ Haylo CLT NC
2016 Live Painting @ Mint Museum CLT NC
2015 “Curio” @ Heist Brewery CLT NC
2013 “Fit To Print” @ Dish CLT NC
2013 “Derivations” @ Espada CLT NC
2012 “CV” @ Studio 1212 CLT NC

Installations

2016 Dia de Los Casi Muertos @ C3Lab CLT NC
2017 Dia de Los Casi Muertos @ C3Lab CLT NC
2018 Gonzalez Codex @ Charlotte Country Day School

 Grants/Awards
2017 Art Si Emerging Artist Award
2016 Arts & Science Council Regional Artist Grant
2016 Arts & Science Council ArtPop Billboard

Presentations/Lectures
2015 Conceptual Practices @ UNCC NC

Panels
2017 Arts & Science Council Young Donors Society @ Advent Coworking

Community Projects
2016 No Barriers Mural @ Anita Stroud Park, CLT NC
2015 Duke Energy STEM Mural Project – (Morehead STEM Academy, Vance High School, Mallard Creek High School)
2013 UNCC Children’s Literary Festival, CLT NC
2013 Cox Mills Elementary Art Show, Concord NC
2012 UNCC Community Day, CLT NC
2012 Cox Mills Elementary Art Show Concord NC
2011 Community Day @ Levine Museum of the New South, CLT NC

Group Exhibitions
2018 Wrestling the Angel, Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, CLT NC
2016 Yo Soy Quixote, Raleigh NC
2015 Spring Into Art: Juried Show
2014 Facets @ Gallery Twenty Two, CLT
2014 Let The Good Times Roll, @ Gallery Twenty Two, CLT
2014 Raw Showcase, Terminal West, Atlanta GA
2013 RAW Showcase, Neighborhood Theater, CLT NC
2013 AKA Creative Elizabeth Ave Block Party, CLT NC
2013 OBRA Collective hosted by the Latin American Coalition, CLT NC
2012 Where It’s At 4, Fashion Soul @ Amos’ Southend, CLT NC
2012 Where It’s At Live Painting Event, Bass Church @ NC Music Factory, CLT NC
2011 Where It’s At Live Painting Event, AKA Creative, CLT NC
2011 CI3, Culture Initiative 3rd Anniversary Show @ AKA Creative, CLT NC
2011 Contrast @ Baku, CLT NC

Murals
2015 Gloria Chameleon Mural Concord NC
2014 Fish Mural San Diego CA
2013 Fish Mural @ Clearwater Studios, Concord NC
2012 Fish Murals @ Krazy Fish Restaurant,CLT NC
2011 Fish Mural @ Cox Mills Elementary, Concord NC
2010 Aztec Mural @ Taxco Mexican Grill, Huntersville, NC

Residencies

2017-2018 McColl Center Artist-in-Residence