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Liz Gomez

As I Am, oil on canvas, 2018

Liz Gomez is a multidisciplinary artist, activist, and educator currently based in Chicago, IL.

Gomez's work aims to celebrate freedom, vulnerability, and the endless depths of the human spirit.  Their visual practice includes portraiture, performance, and mixed media assemblage, centered in service, healing, and authenticity.  Gomez's portrait practice combats generations of systematic erasure buy representing those whose legacies have been minimized or misrepresented. The individuals portrayed come from diverse perspectives with the goal of deepening our understandings of one another to foster forgiveness, healing, and acceptance amongst all.

Gomez is the Founder of The Divine Gratitude Portrait Movement, a series designed to give thanks and bring visibility to individuals whose stories show the healing powers of holding space for others. Individuals nominated for this project disrupt the cycles of fear and division in their communities and pave the way for a joyous and equitable future. Using film and live painted portraiture, Divine Gratitude captures each individual’s unique story of trial and success. By combining art, film, and education Gomez hopes to show the positive impact gratitude and service can have in every community.

Liz Gomez received their Associate of Arts in San Antonio and spent several years working as a portrait artist in various venues around the United States before moving to Chicago for further education.  Gomez completed their BFA in 2014, from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and currently holds residency in The Hunter Radcliffe Artist Residency program and the Chicago Artist Coalition, Field/Work Residency program. Their work has been shown at Rootwork Gallery, Chicago, IL; Stony Island Arts Bank; ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Montreal, CA; Nobel Peace Prize Forum, Minneapolis MN, Phantom Gallery; William Hill Gallery, Chicago Cultural Center; The Museum of Science and Industry; Radcliffe Hunter International Gallery, Chicago, IL; Aplomb Gallery, Chicago, IL; The Gene Siskel Film Center; Evanston Art Center 22nd Evanston.

Resident year: 
2018-2019
Cohort Group: 
Artist Resident