Even So
Even So

The Guild Room

December 2, 2022 to January 28, 2023

 

Curated by Chicago artist CZR PRZ and Epiphany Center for the Arts, Even So showcases six Chicago-based artists whose works defy easy categorization. Opening in the Guild Room on December 2 and running through January 28, the exhibition features paintings and sculpture by Sara Hoffman, Murrz, Nate Otto, Diego Penuela, Czr Prz and Rawooh. These artists make work that thrives in the fertile ground between figuration and abstraction, precision and painterliness, illustration and mystery. What results are lively objects that suggest a wide array of cultural relationships and potential influences, ranging from mid-century color field painting to anime, street art and hip hop.

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For more information or to schedule a viewing appointment, email us at art@epiphanychi.com.

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About the artists
About the artists

Diego Peñuela is an award-winning illustrator, fine artist and muralist from Bogota, Colombia currently based in Chicago. His work, which is often informed by his Latin American identity, uses dreamy and whimsical themes to reflect on current events and to convey his personal vision of the world we live in. Diego has worked on public art projects including several murals in Atlanta and Chicago, and his paintings have been displayed in galleries like Nucleus Gallery,  ABV Gallery, Vertical Gallery,  WOWxWOW among others. His work has earned accolades from prestigious publications and organizations like 3×3 magazine, Society of Illustrators LA, Latin American Illustration, Red Dot Awards and Addy Awards.

Czr Prz is an urban contemporary artist working in sculptural fabrication, large-scale aerosol murals, and all manner of design. Born and raised in working class Chicago, Prz’s 20 year creative career has spanned America all the way to Europe. Across their multifaceted media, Prz’s artworks tell stories in the folklorico tradition instilled by his Latino-Caribbean upbringing.

Sara Hoffman is a Chicago-based artist born in Santiago, Chile, and currently resides in Chicago, Illinois. Hoffman graduated from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with interests in painting, psychology, and art therapy. Hoffman is known for her large-scale and energetic compositions. More importantly, for her unconventional, creative process. Intuition, change, and the subconscious all substantially impact Hoffman’s practice. She explores ideas of action vs. reaction and the human condition. Hoffman uses abstractions and non-traditional tools such as Swiffers, flowers, and floggers to create dreamlike and chaotic paintings. Hoffman’s first solo show was in 2012, and since then has joined numerous private collections in Illinois, New York, California, Florida, and the Caribbean.

Nate Otto is a full-time artist living on the south side of Chicago with his wife and two young kids.  A prolific painter and muralist, Nate makes a couple hundred paintings a year, give or take, and he’s done over fifty murals.  He has had solo shows at Vertical Gallery, Galerie F, and about eight other galleries.  He strives to make whatever he wants and hopes that people want that.  A bunch of fancy companies have fallen for it.  

A Chicago based virtuoso with a classical artistic foundation, Raul’s (Rawooh) artistic motivation is creating inanimate sensations. His ethereal perspective transcends what we see on the surface of the human form and infrastructure.

Mary Damian, MURRZ, is a Manila-born, self-taught, artist. Since her entry into the art scene, she has participated in group art exhibits in NYC, Chicago, LA, and Manila. Using her social media platform, she has been able to collaborate with brands as well as connect with nonprofit organizations. She combines her learnings from her 9+ years working in the advertising industry, and her love for street art, music, and Filipino culture to help her discover an artistic style that is truly her own.

About the artists

Diego Peñuela is an award-winning illustrator, fine artist and muralist from Bogota, Colombia currently based in Chicago. His work, which is often informed by his Latin American identity, uses dreamy and whimsical themes to reflect on current events and to convey his personal vision of the world we live in. Diego has worked on public art projects including several murals in Atlanta and Chicago, and his paintings have been displayed in galleries like Nucleus Gallery,  ABV Gallery, Vertical Gallery,  WOWxWOW among others. His work has earned accolades from prestigious publications and organizations like 3×3 magazine, Society of Illustrators LA, Latin American Illustration, Red Dot Awards and Addy Awards.

Czr Prz is an urban contemporary artist working in sculptural fabrication, large-scale aerosol murals, and all manner of design. Born and raised in working class Chicago, Prz’s 20 year creative career has spanned America all the way to Europe. Across their multifaceted media, Prz’s artworks tell stories in the folklorico tradition instilled by his Latino-Caribbean upbringing.

Sara Hoffman is a Chicago-based artist born in Santiago, Chile, and currently resides in Chicago, Illinois. Hoffman graduated from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with interests in painting, psychology, and art therapy. Hoffman is known for her large-scale and energetic compositions. More importantly, for her unconventional, creative process. Intuition, change, and the subconscious all substantially impact Hoffman’s practice. She explores ideas of action vs. reaction and the human condition. Hoffman uses abstractions and non-traditional tools such as Swiffers, flowers, and floggers to create dreamlike and chaotic paintings. Hoffman’s first solo show was in 2012, and since then has joined numerous private collections in Illinois, New York, California, Florida, and the Caribbean.

Nate Otto is a full-time artist living on the south side of Chicago with his wife and two young kids.  A prolific painter and muralist, Nate makes a couple hundred paintings a year, give or take, and he’s done over fifty murals.  He has had solo shows at Vertical Gallery, Galerie F, and about eight other galleries.  He strives to make whatever he wants and hopes that people want that.  A bunch of fancy companies have fallen for it.  

A Chicago based virtuoso with a classical artistic foundation, Raul’s (Rawooh) artistic motivation is creating inanimate sensations. His ethereal perspective transcends what we see on the surface of the human form and infrastructure.

Mary Damian, MURRZ, is a Manila-born, self-taught, artist. Since her entry into the art scene, she has participated in group art exhibits in NYC, Chicago, LA, and Manila. Using her social media platform, she has been able to collaborate with brands as well as connect with nonprofit organizations. She combines her learnings from her 9+ years working in the advertising industry, and her love for street art, music, and Filipino culture to help her discover an artistic style that is truly her own.