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Chaz Bojorquez

United States Born in: 1949
Movement: Chicano Art

Chaz Bojorquez believes that true self-expression comes from the soul. At an early age, in the 1950's he experienced the graffiti tradition of the East Los Angeles Mexican-Americans. Los Angeles 'Cholo' style graffiti was dictated by an honored code of writing. 

Allegiance to that code of traditional writing brought you respect. In 1968, out of high school with a liberal arts/mathematics diploma, and one year of state college, Chaz enrolled into Chouinard art school (known today as Cal Arts). He also studied Asian calligraphy from Master Yun Chung Chiang (Master Chiang studied under Pu Ju, brother of the last Emperor of China). From all of these experiences, in 1969 he combined the tradition and honor from Cholo gang graffiti and the educational knowledge from art school, and with the spiritual skills of Asian calligraphy. 

Chaz was one of the first graffiti writers from Los Angeles, with his own style. After more than a decade of tagging in the streets in the 1970's and early 1980's, came a deeper need to understand, why do we do graffiti? In 1975 Italian photographer Gusmano Cesaretti interviewed Chaz for Street Writers, a transcribed audio tour of East Los Angeles graffiti in the early 1970's. A pioneer book in the Chicano and Graffiti culture.

In 1979 he embarked on a three year round-the-world experience, visiting and living in 35 countries, studying how graphics and letters describes culture and national pride. The graffiti art that Chaz Bojorquez paints today, ask even deeper questions of himself. Does graffiti have intent, purpose, cultural identity, history and create unity? Who owns the public space and who has the right to speak and be heard? These universal questions have answers in all of us.

EDUCATION

CHOUINARD ART INSTITUTE (Cal Arts) Los Angeles, Calif. Ceramics Major, Painting, 1968-1970

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY Los Angeles, California Painting 1967-1968

PACIFIC ASIAN ART MUSEUM Pasadena, California

Calligraphy Instruction By Master Yun Chung Chiang 1966-1968

UNIVERSITAD DE ARTES PLASTICAS Guadalajara, Mexico

Pre-Columbian Art, Sculpture, Ceramics

COLLECTIONS

THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTE, NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART Washington, D.C.

Painting Collection, Print Collection

LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART Los Angeles, California

Painting Collection, Prints & Drawings Collection.

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART Los Angeles, California Painting Collection

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SANTA BARABARA Santa Barbara, California

Caridad Archive Of Chicano Printmaking In California-CEMA

LAGUNA ART MUSEUM Laguna Beach, California Painting Collection, Print Collection

NATIONAL HISPANIC CULTURAL CENTER OF NEW MEXICO Albuquerque, New Mexico

Painting Collection, Print Collection

THE DE YOUNG MUSEUM San Francisco, California Print Collection

THE MEXICAN CULTURAL INSTITUTE Los Angeles, California Painting Collection

CITY OF LOS ANGELES MUNICIPAL COLLECTIONS Los Angeles, California Print Collection

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART SAN DIEGO San Diego, California Print Collection

THE MEXICAN FINE ARTS CENTER MUSEUM Chicago, Illinois Print Collection

THE MEXICAN MUSEUM San Francisco, California Print Collection

THE SAN ANTONIO MUSEUM OF ART San Antonio, Texas Print Collection

HUNTINGTON MUSEUM Austin, Texas Print Collection

EL PASO MUSEUM OF ART El Paso, Texas Print Collection

INDIANA STATE MUSEUM Indianapolis, Indiana Print Collection

WEISMAN ART MUSEUM Minneapolis Art Museum Print Collection

UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME Notre Dame, Indiana Print Collection

STANFORD UNIVERSITY California (Virtual Resource Art Dept.)

UCLA CHICANO STUDIES RESEARCH CENTER Los Angeles, California Print Collection

COLLECTORS – Selected List

THE GERALD BUCK COLLECTION

Mr. RICHARD 'CHEECH' MARIN

Mr. & Mrs. STUART & JUDITH SPENCE

Mr. DAVID LEE ROTH

Mr. TOMMY MARRON

Mr. ESAI MORALES

Mr. HENRY MUNOZ III

Ms. NATASHA WAGNER

Mr. NICOLAS CAGE

Mr. RICARDO ROMO, Ph.D.

Mr. JACKSON BROWNE

Mr. GILBERTO CARDENAS, Ph.D.

HIGHLIGHTS

• 24 Museum Permanent Collections

• 64 Museum Exhibitions

• 16 International Gallery Exhibitions

• Over 100 National Gallery Art Exhibitions

• 109 Art Reviews: Newspapers, Magazines, Video and Books

• 17 Interviews on Television, Radio and Videos

• 77 Professional Titles and Logos

• Featured on over 800 Websites

• Artwork included in large hard cover book publication, The National Museum of American Art, published by the Smithsonian Institution. Artwork included as one of the Top 3% of Paintings in the Smithsonian Institute Permanent Collection, 1995

• Artwork and Biography featured in Latino Art and Culture: The Smithsonian Institute Education Program. A multi-media educational program introducing Chicano Art to schools nationwide, 1996

• Artwork appears in two historic Chicano Videos, Viva La Causa! 500 Years Of Chicano History, 1995 and Cada Cabeza Es Un Mundo, by the Hispanic Education and Media Group, 1994

• First Place Award in California Statewide Exhibition, First Biennial of Mexican and Chicano Painting, The Mexican Institute and the City Of Los Angeles, awarded cash prize and Plaque Award, 1994

• Freelance Graphic Artist for 15 Years, working with some of the Worlds largest Advertising Agencies: Sachi & Sachi, Foot Cone & Belding, J.Walter Thomson, Seiniger and Assoc. and numerous Movie Art Agencies.

• Curated and organized numerous Art Shows promoting Chicano and Graffiti Arts for 20 years.

• Graffiti Book Street Writers, Pioneer Book by Italian Photographer Gusmano Ceararetti. A transcribed Audio Tour By Chaz of East Los Angeles Graffiti in the early 1970's, 1975

• The 'O.G. Veterano' Godfather of the East Los Angeles Graffiti Style for more than 37 years. Started tagging in the Los Angeles River walls in 1969.

• Invited to Milan, Italy. Exhibit Graffiti Artwork for the World Spray and Culture Show, 2001

• Invited to New York. First Graffiti Art Auction of the most important Writers in Graffiti History. Guernseys Auction House, 2000

• Invited to Rome, Italy. Live Graffiti demonstration at Murales & Grattiti, Dall'arte Alla Cultura Metropolitana, 1999

• Invited to Cleveland, Ohio. The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Museum, presents Hip Hop: A Cultural Expression Ceremony for the Induction of the Founders of Hip Hop Music History. Panelist representing West Coast Graffiti Artists, 1999

• Profiled in three Internationally televised Multi Award Winning Los Angeles Graffiti Video Documentaries: Graffiti Verite 1995, Graffiti Verite'II 1997, Graffiti Verite'III, 2000

• Won Four Awards in the Graffiti Verite' World Art Show, including 'Best Of Show,' 1997

• Artist Advisor / Contributor: COFAC: Border Council of Art and Culture and Cultural Corridor of the Californias, Art Donations, 2002-present

• Artist Advisor: Collaboration between the Getty Research Institute, Self Help Graphics and Dolores Mission in The Participation Project: Artists, Communities and Cultural Citizenship, on The Role of Arts and Culture in the Community. Sponsored by The National Endowment of the Arts, Washington D.C. 1998

• Community Volunteer: Stop Gang Violence: Sand Mandala. Sponsored by the Los Angeles City Council and Tibetan Buddist Monks from India, 1997

• Juror for US Congressman X. Beccera Annual Congressional High School Art Competition. Lectured at High School Youth Career Days, Art Magnet Schools, Art Centers, Colleges and Universities. 1995-1997

• Artist Advisor: The Los Angeles Municipal 'Barnsdall' Art Gallery. 1993-1995

• Artist Advisor: The Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Artist Grant Committee, 1992-1994

• Memberships: Chouinard School of Art, Advisory Board Member, 2006

• Los Angeles County Museum of Art-Graphics Arts Council Member, 2001-2003

• Graffiti Arts Coalition Member, 1991-1997

• Mental Menudo, Chicano Artist Dialogue Group, 1992 – present

• Highland Park Community Arroyo Arts Collective, 1994-1999

• Axis, Chicano Artist Group, 1994

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Chaz Bojorquez, Chaz Set, Print

Chaz Bojorquez

Chaz Set, 2013
22 x 30 inch
Print

$1,600

Chaz Bojorquez, Right, Print

Chaz Bojorquez

Right, 2016
25 x 20 inch
Print

$750

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