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Miramar 175, Cerro Alegre, Valparaíso, Chile

 Cekis

Artista visual y muralista chileno, Nelson Rivas “El Cekis”, nacido en Santiago en 1976, comienza su carrera en la misma ciudad transformándose en un muralista desde la secundaria, donde se inspira en el movimiento graffitero neoyorkino y el muralismo de propaganda anti-dictadura de los años ochenta. En el año 2004, Nelson Rivas “El Cekis”, emigra a New York, USA, donde desarrolla sus sentidos comprendiendo el ambiente artístico de esa mega metrópolis mundial y llega a su adultez artística en la meca mundial del “streetart”.  Actualmente, este gran artista chileno tiene su taller y galería en New York.

 

 

 

Cekis (Nelson Rivas) career as a visual artist began within the streets of his native Santiago, Chile. He started painting murals in 1992 while still attending in high school. He was deeply Inspired by New York graffiti culture, and Chilean political mural propaganda from the 70’s and 80’s. In the mid/late 90’s his artwork was at the helm of a new generation of artists from the streets of South America.His murals transcended communities, and helped to create a new popular appeal for street culture in Chile. Today he is recognized as one of the pioneers of the hip hop graffiti movement in Latin America.

 

 

 

 

Selected Group and Solo Exhibitions

 

2003

Expo Graffiti, Alpes Institute, Santiago Chile

Group art exhibition “Taller Experimental Cuerpos Pintados”, Santiago Chile.

2005

ACB Fundraiser Art show, The Showroom Gallery, NY

Graffiti got game : part 2, Aurora Gallery, NY.

2007

13th Annual ArtWalk NY, Metropolitan Pavilion, NY

The walls belong to us, Group show at Powerhouse Arena, NY.

YMI Group show, Ad Hoc Art Space, NY

Visual Slang:The modern urban imagination, Abrons Arts Center, NY.

País de Poetas: Contemporary art & artists from Santiago to Brooklyn, BRIC’s Rotunda Gallery, NY

Home & Away: The Spaces we inhabit, The Bronfman Center Gallery NYU 2006 Group.

Exhibition, Dead End Gallery, NY.

2008

14th Annual ArtWalk NY, Metropolitan Pavilion, NYC

Becoming: Visions of Childhood, The Bronfman Center Gallery New York University, NY.

2009

Chile Style, Carmichael Gallery, Los Angeles

Live to change something through art, Skylight Gallery, Brooklyn.

Expressions for Social Justice, The Bronfman Center Gallery New York University, NY.

Ode to the Spraycan, 1AM Gallery, San francisco-California- USA.

2011

Paraiso Urbano: Chile graffiti and street art, Gallerie Itinerrance, Paris, France.

CH.ACO, Annual Contemporary Art Fair, Santiago Chile

Martha Cooper: Remix, Carmicael Gallery, Los Angeles

Something’s Missing, The Bronfman Center Gallery, NYU

2013

Solo Exhibition, Biarritz Festival Latin Amerique, Biarritz France.

installation painting “La Tour Paris 13” , Gallerie Itinerrance, Paris France.

2014

“Latin Explorations”, group exhibition at Yves Laroche Gallery, Montreal Canada.

2015

“Entre Muros”, group exhibition at MYA Gallery, London England.

2018

“13th District” Street Art Fair, with Galería Lira, Paris France.