Zendejas is a sculptor and painter known for connecting political issues and historical moments and merging them with personal experiences and memories to draw connections between the past and present. He earned a BFA from Universidad de Guanajuato, Mexico, and a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Among the awards he’s received for his work are the FONCA (Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes), and the National Award for Visual Arts (2010) from Querétaro, Mexico. His work has been exhibited primarily in Mexico in addition to the US, Canada, Czech Republic, and China., and he currently lives and works in Chicago and teaches sculpture at Hyde Park Art Center.

The artist will give a talk about his most recent installation and developments in his practice in the Kanter McCormick Gallery at the Art Center on Wednesday, May 25 at 6 p.m. A public reception with the artist will take place in the gallery Sunday, May 22.

​For more details about the upcoming show, visit hydeparkart.org.

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Searching for moments where contemporary life and faith collide, Rodrigo Lara Zendejas builds an atmospheric installation with clay sculptures, paintings, projection and sound to recall the experience in his first studio: his grandparents’ garden in La Paz, San Luis Potosi, Mexico. Artist Rodrigo Lara Zendejas reimagines the garden of his youth in a new multimedia installation presented in La Paz, a solo exhibition on view from April 3 until July 17, 2016 in the Kanter McCormick Gallery at Hyde Park Art Center (5020 S. Cornell Ave.).

​In the new show, Zendejas combines busts and statuettes of everyday people with iconic saints like those found on common memorials placed in cemeteries, gardens and outdoor shrines. More lively and playful than elegiac, Zendejas’ installation emphasizes the importance of a space for religious wonder and personal growth.

​Zendejas’ work often deals with issues of immigration and the emotional fragmentation that happens when relocating to another country. He has also tackled difficult topics of corruption in Mexican politics and the Catholic Church through his figurative sculptures. In La Paz, Zendejas continues to explore these themes through a more nostalgic lens. 

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Artist Rodrio Lara Zendaja's La Paz will be on view at the Hyde Park Art Center this spring evoking memories of his earliest studio, his grandparents' garden in La Paz, San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

Artist Rodrigo Lara Zendejas' New Solo Exhibition to Evoke Early Organic 

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The Hyde Park Art Center located at 5020 S. Cornell Avenue in Hyde Park 

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