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October 1989, Mexico

   Chantal Meza is a self-taught abstract painter living and working in the United Kingdom. Her home environment placed her amongst many local stone artisans whose unique regional skills date back to the pre-Hispanic period. With direct family participation Chantal has incorporated this knowledge into her paintings, including the direct use of hands as a medium of human sensorial creation. The crossover between the old artisan techniques and Chantal’s self-taught methods represents both a marriage and a visual memory of experience that allows her to connect the abstract with the tangibility of life. 
Materials such as Marble and Onyx are seeded into Chantal’s subconscious memories and
have been the base and inspiration for the creation of her own natural abstract mindscapes. Oils, Stones, Watercolours, Charcoals and Inks are some of the materials she has taken to push the boundaries of painting by focusing on the human psyche as seen through the prism of colour.  

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As a visionary artist, her challenge and calling concerns how to visualise unseen emotions and how to express the abstract in thought. In a world dominated by science and technology, her artistic path allows her to immerse herself in the abstraction of life, a human realm where she can create from sensory forms that are not reduced to technicalities or are governed by the encounter with 'the truth'. By inquiring and hanging around the socio-political world, Chantal uses the ancient form of abstraction through paint and sculpture to expand the limits of constructed knowledge, seeking to challenge our understanding of what art might mean in the Third Millennium.

   Her works have been exhibited in more than 30 group and individual exhibitions in prominent museums and galleries in Latin America and the United Kingdom such as: Chiapas Museum of Science and Technology Mexico. National Art Museum (MUNAL) Mexico. Centro Cultural Juan de Salazar (CCEJS) Paraguay. Museum of Modern Art (MAM) Mexico. Ashcroft Art Centre, United Kingdom. Watercolour National Museum Mexico. Arocena Museum Coahuila. Cultural Center Tijuana (CECUT) Tijuana. Arroyo de la Plata Gallery Zacatecas. Popular Art Museum (MAP) Mexico. Guadalupe Museum Zacatecas. Pape Museum Cohauila. University Cultural Complex (CCU) Puebla, among others. She has also been commissioned to produce public works, interventions, while providing requested donations of works to Institutions and non-governmental organisations. Chantal has participating in many International Seminars and workshops at reputable places such as McMaster University Canada. And the Centre for Mexican Studies (UCC) Ireland.           

   Having presented her work in an individual curated exhibition at the age of 19, since then Chantal has received considerable acclaim. Among her recent achievements includes a notable Public Recognition for her contribution to Culture in her province in Mexico and the publication of her work in a number of prominent International media Outlets, including Los Angeles Review of Books, La Jornada, ArtLyst, Symploke, Pluto Press, McGill Press as well as digital and print magazines, along with appearing on the covers of numerous books. Her latest initiative includes leading a project that brings together a number of International Academics discussing the ‘State of Disappearance’ in collaboration with the political philosopher Brad Evans. 

For Chantal The Shape of Feelings remains a primary concern, as it gestures to what remains within and yet seems ungraspable. In her creations a constant realisation remains, that in which what we are is never enough, perhaps too unreal that most of our intended actions are kept in the realm of the imagination, and maybe that dilemma is showing an abstract sensibility is all we could surely fleetingly possess. In this regard, Chantal’s range of work offers visual dynamic confrontations, tapping into the complexity of the human condition. This is how her paintings have become a mediation between the mystery and the unknown, letting her hands to become the bridge that transmits the inner most feelings to the external world.

    As someone who believes in the art of life, Chantal co-creates in this world with her soulmate, the Political Philosopher Brad Evans, who inspires her to live as a constant explosion of shapes. She continues to admire the brilliance and courage of the man, who has showed her in the most subtle ways the strongest of all human sensations: that which we name "love".

Chantal Meza & Brad Evans

CV

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