Sergio Farfan

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"Say Cheese"

"Say Cheese"

Mixed media, acrylic on canvas 18x24 in. Sold

"Family Portrait"

"Family Portrait"

Family Portrait, 2021 Mixed media on canvas 48 x 60 in. Sold

"Watermelon"

"Watermelon"

Watermelon, 2022 Acrylic on Canvas 16 x 24 in. Sold

"Not Again"

"Not Again"

Mixed media, acrylic on canvas 18x24 inches Sold

"Ruby Shoes"

"Ruby Shoes"

Ruby Shoes, 2021 Mixed media on canvas 48 x 60 in. Sold

"Pinky Promise"

"Pinky Promise"

Pinky Promise, 2020 Mixed Media on Canvas 60 x 48 in. Sold

"I'm Not Ugly...You're Ugly"

"I'm Not Ugly...You're Ugly"

I'm Not Ugly... You're Ugly, 2020 Mixed Media on Canvas 24 x 24 in. Sold

"Beyond the Yellow Brick Road"

"Beyond the Yellow Brick Road"

Beyond The Yellow Brick Road, 2021 Mixed media, acrylic on canvas 48 x 60 in. Sold

Sergio Farfan

Sergio Farfan

in his studio

Artist Statement:

My work explores the idea of innocence and the human conditions such as happiness, anxiety, depression, and playfulness which are relatable subjects that we all possess.

 

I utilize a wide range of mediums like spray paint, acrylic, and graphite all while integrating classical techniques with childlike sketches. My work is influenced by the genres of pop art, cubism, and urban contemporary art. The addition of phrases or words that I pull from the music and ideas that pop into my head aid in hinting at the overall conceptual idea of the piece. The way I compose the writing transforms into a code meant to be deciphered by the audience. The mark-making symbolizes emotion, from quick, anxious scratches to carefully placed, soothing strokes. Each piece contains multiple layers of different paintings and drawings, creating the foundation for my main focus.

 

“Kans” is the name of the characters I created. They represent the emotions I’m going through at the time. The use of horns and halos stand as a metaphor for the angel on one shoulder and the devil on the other, emphasizing how each one of us has a good and bad side. The common factor the characters share is that they reflect the masks we put on to hide our true feelings. Anyone can put on a façade and happy on the outside, but struggle with anxiety and depression on the inside. These are the stories I wish to tell and where I draw much of my inspiration from. At first glance, my artworks can have a very playful and nostalgic vibe but also have a very meaningful and serious undertone. The layers on the canvases reflect all the aspects of life we build up. Bumps, cracks, splatters, and drips are the stories that lay underneath the foundation of the person we become.

Education

Elgin Community College, Elgin, IL 2016 - 2017

Bachelor of Fine Arts, American Academy of Art, Chicago, IL 2014 - 2016

Solo Exhibitions

Krause Gallery, NY, NY 2023

Vertical Gallery, Chicago, IL 2021

Line Dot x Vertical Gallery, Chicago, IL 2020

Selected Group Exhibitions

Emerging To Established, Krause Gallery, New York, NY 2022

Water The Plants, Vertical Project Space, Chicago, IL 2021

Vertical Gallery 8th Year Anniversary, Vertical Gallery, Chicago, IL 2021

It Was All A Dream, Vertical Gallery x All Star Press Gallery, Chicago, IL 2021

INK Show, Vertical Project Space, Chicago, IL 2021

Vertical Project Space Gallery Opening, Chicago, IL 2020

Line Dot 4th Juried Show, Line Dot Gallery, Chicago, IL 2020

Vertical Gallery 7th Year Anniversary, Vertical Gallery, Chicago, IL 2020

4th Anniversary Show, Line Dot, Chicago, IL 2019

Chicago Artists Only, Gallery Colondro, Milwaukee, WI 2019

ComplexCon, All Star Press, McCormick Palace, Chicago, IL 2019

Letter Love, All Star Press Chicago Gallery, Chicago, IL 2019

Slaps! Vol. 2, Vault Gallery, Chicago, IL 2019

Art Gala on Fremont, Chicago, IL 2019

Vertical Gallery 6th Year Anniversary, Vertical Gallery, Chicago, IL 2019

Group Show, Vault Gallery, Chicago, IL 2018

SLAPS A National Sticker Art Exhibition, Chicago, IL 2018

Mix-N-Mash Art Show, Baderbreau Gallery, Chicago, IL 2018

Movement Gallery Group Show, Movement Gallery, Chicago, IL 2018

The Pink Tap Party, AMFM Gallery, Chicago, IL 2018

Holiday Group Show, Line Dot Gallery, Chicago, IL 2017

4th Annual City of Big Dreams Fundraiser, Chop Shop, Chicago, IL 2017

Turn Around Arts *Chad Smith*, Audio Tree, Chicago, IL 2017

Complex Pop-Up, CC’s Art Garage, Chicago, IL 2017

Chicago Sleepers Pop-Up, Chicago Sleepers, Chicago, IL 2017 

Vertical Gallery Holiday Pop-Up, Vertical Gallery, Chicago, IL 2016

Centerline Group Show, Zhou B. Gallery, Chicago, IL 2016

3rd Annual City of Big Dreams Fundraiser, Chop Shop, Chicago, IL 2016

Pokémon Show, Secret Vault Boutique, Arlington Heights, IL 2016

Diffused Galleria Opening, Diffused Galleria, Chicago, IL 2016

Open House, Secret Vault Gallery, Arlington Heights, IL 2016

Maskerade by AMFM, Chicago Art Department, Chicago, IL 2016

You Are Beautiful Show, Galerie F, Chicago, IL 2016

Smalls Show, Paper Crown Gallery, Chicago, IL 2015

Covers by Genesis Supply, Iridium Clothing, Chicago, IL 2015

Slanted Canvas, Art Genesis Supply, Chicago, IL 2015

TMRucker Group Show, Throop Studio, Chicago, IL 2015

Third Friday, Zhou B Art Center, 3rd Floor, Chicago, IL 2015

West Loop Show, Jimmy Fishbein Photography, 3rd Floor, Chicago, IL 2014

Access Group Show, Ian Sherwin Gallery, Chicago, IL 2014

The Mighty Mini’s of March, Ian Sherwin Gallery, Chicago, IL 2014

Honors

Northeastern Illinois Upstate 8 Conference Show Judge 2015

Slanted Canvas Best Ramp Award, Art Genesis Supply, Chicago, IL 2015

Alumni Recipient and Attendant to West Leyden High School Entrepreneur Day 2015

Special Recognition, graduation class of West Leyden High School 2014

Best Artist Award, graduating class of West Leyden High School  2014

1st place, Washington Congressional Art Contest  2013

Publications

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