Chantal Meza is a Mexican abstract visual artist with a growing international reputation for her powerful and emotive mindscapes, which deal with the intimate realities of life's beauty and pain. A self-taught artist, her original works combine different techniques such as painting, sculpture engraving and mixed media to take the viewer on a journey through the colours of existence.
Born in Tecali de Herrera, Chantal's home environment placed her amongst many local artisans and crafts-persons, whose unique regional skills date back to the pre-Hispanic period. Chantal methods have incorporated these skills, from subconscious memories and direct family participation, learning to apply them in novel and captivating ways. Chantal's work represents both a marriage and crossover between the old artisan techniques, which include the direct use of hands, and materials such as Onyx, and her contemporary ideas about the need for an abstract engagement with the world.
"Many things concern me as an artist. But I feel that when I paint, not only am I recognising the pain, I am also able to expel it from me. But I don't try to deal with this reasonably or rationally. Such coldness is often the cause of so much cruelty, anguish and human devastation on this planet".
A visual memory of experience allows her to connect the real with the abstract in ways that have become a fundamental part of her paintings. Chantal has shifted her emphasis towards producing works that parallel both the intimacy of the emotional state of being and yet account for wider social concerns.
Her works have been exhibited in more than 20 Collective and Individual Exhibitions around the Republic of Mexico in Museums and Galleries, such as: Popular art Museum (MAP), México City. Arocena Museum, Torreón, Coahuila. National art Museum (MUNAL), México City. Arroyo de la Plata Gallery, Zacatecas. Pape Museum, Monclova, Cohauila. Museum of modern art (MAM), México City. University Cultural Complex, (CCU) Puebla. Guadalupe Museum, Zacatecas. Cultural Center Tijuana (CECUT) y el Chiapas Museum of Science and Technology. In addition, she has participated in workshops, artistic interventions, while donated works to Institutions and non-governmental organizations. She has contributed to art fairs and following special invitations, as well of giving a number of international seminars. Various publications of her work have featured in many media outlets, including digital and print magazines, along with appearing on the covers of numerous books.
"Art is about showing empathy for the suffering of the world. As a tool of expression, it confronts in its own unique way those intrinsic qualities that exalt and raise in an unusual fashion the events that have shaped our society throughout its history".
Having presented her work in an individually curated exhibition at the age of 19, Chantal has received considerable acclaim. This resulted in a recent public recognition of her work and contribution to culture in an award ceremony by the Presidency and administration of her local area of Tecali, Puebla. As well as the acquisition prize at the Second National Contest of Professional Art Painting Awarded by Rodin Royal Talens in Mexico City 2013, based at the National Art Museum (MUNAL).
More recently her work has featured in a number of prominent international media outlets, including numerous uses of her works to accompany leading articles in the Los Angeles Review of Books, onto personal features in La Jornada and ArtLyst.
Chantal continues to focus in her work on the all too human and vulnerable dimensions to life; especially the human psyche and the life of the mind as seen through the prism of colour and the ways it creates an image of thought and feeling. In this regard, Chantal offers an emotional confrontation, tapping into the complexity of the human condition. Her works are a mediation on the mysterious and the unknown, letting her hands 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 and partner 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".