CEDRIC ALESSANDRO CHAMBERS

Cedric Alessandro Chambers, a Bolivian-American meta-modern oil painter.

I’m a solitary brooding artist and art historians like to claim that I don’t exist. What drives me to paint is my gut reaction to the changing political environment. I express my feelings through my paintings. I believe that art should be created with this in mind: technical skill and subjective interpretation. 

I think that the art world can be pretty ridiculous. For example, I have a personal vendetta against Abstract art. Abstract art was innovative at inception, but now Abstract art is the most advertised genre of art; it's in fashion magazines and TV shows. I've been harassed by laymen and artists alike on how 'everything has been painted', as if it's an accepted truth. I strongly believe that Abstract Art is the most extreme example of the Dunning Kruger Effect

Unlike the abstract artist, I don’t create out of pure intuition; I paint on purpose. My brush strokes are the result of years of honing, not randomness justified through thoughtlessness. Art historians like to claim that Abstract Art is the epitome of painting. I think that this is equivalent to claiming that Disco is the epitome of music. That statement also begs the question; If one can imagine unique infinite depth and meaning within swaths of color, then one can also imagine infinite depth and meaning with just about anything at all? i.e. poop on the concrete, abstract art, and realistic art?

To be fair, realists old and new tend to paint the same subject matter. They often take no risks, sometimes they’re even painting the exact same scene over and over again. Just as Cezanne did, painting the view of his mountain home. The common art historian's argument is that “everything has been painted’, and that argument is supposedly exemplified by realists. Claiming that everything has been painted is like claiming that every novel has been written.  Historically speaking, there are a lot of paintings of Jesus and Boobies, so how did Art historians arrive at the conclusion that everything had been painted? Does this imply that art historians think that Jesus and Boobies are all there is to paint?

I believe that the ‘old masters' were impressive, but I think it’s wrong to compare modern-day painters to them. While painters like Michel-Angelo were skilled, 1980's hyper-realists are leagues beyond. A lot has happened in painting since the ‘old world’. For example, we know how to preserve art for thousands of years. Digital photography is a thing now. We’ve created pigments that are smoother to work with, less toxic to the environment, and more opaque with a higher tinting strength. Have you ever painted with the same pigments they had in 1600? Burnt Sienna is literally made of burnt dirt scooped up from the ground of Sienna Italy; resulting in a thin paint that is not even sustainable to produce. While I dabble in old-world methods and techniques, my artwork is created with the latest innovations and environmentally friendly materials that are intended to last thousands of years. 

To view works in progress follow @ChambersFineArt on Instagram.


 

Guilds

portrait society of america
international guild of realism
Oil Painters of America Membership

Education

  • 2016 - Metropolitan State University, Denver, CO
  • October 2016 - Private Tutoring with Felicia Forte
  • 2022 - Masters in Business Administration and Business Analytics

Exhibitions

  • 2018 “tiny ELEPHANT giant MOUSE”, BG Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
  • 2018 “100 on 100 on 100”, Art Circus Gallery, Denver CO
  • 2017 “Our Neighbors, Ourselves”, New Market Events Center, Denver CO
  • 2017 “Dog and Pony Show”, CORE New Art Space, Denver CO – Juried by Doug Kacena
  • 2017 “This is not a Duck”, Solo show, NEXT gallery, Denver CO
  • 2017 “The Climate show”, NEXT gallery, Denver CO
  • 2016 “Political Group show”, NEXT gallery Denver CO
  • 2016 “Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog”, Solo show, NEXT gallery, Denver CO
  • 2016 “Our Neighbors, Ourselves”, New Market Events Center, Denver CO
  • 2016 “Wide Open Whatever”, Core New Art Space, Denver CO
  • 2016 “IceBreaker 7”, Ice Cube Gallery, Denver CO – Juried by Ivar Ziele
  • 2016 “FarSide Awakens”, The Armoury, Denver CO
  • 2015 “Deck the DPAC” – Art Gallery at the DPAC, Denver CO
  • 2015 “CVA Portfolio Show” – Center for Visual Arts, Denver CO
  • 2015 “Portraits of Frequency”, Art Gallery at the DPAC, Denver, CO
  • 2015 “Our Neighbors, Ourselves”, Aurora Arts Center, Aurora, CO
  • 2015 “Birdseed 100 on 100 Show”, Love Gallery, Denver CO
  • 2015 “VFW Post 1”, 841 S. Santa Fe, Denver CO
  • 2015 “Salon Des Refuses” – Metro State, Denver CO
  • 2014 “Deck the DPAC” – Art Gallery at the DPAC, Denver CO
  • 2014 “Done Four” – Metro State, Denver CO
  • 2014 “Grande Petite”, Core New Art Space, Denver CO
  • 2014 “Anything Goes”, Art Core, Pueblo CO
  • 2014 “The Painting Show” – Core New Art Space, Denver, CO
  • 2013 “Valentine” Denver Art Society, Denver, CO
  • 2013 “Birdseed 100 on 100 Show”, Guerilla Garden Studios, Denver CO
  • 2013 “Our Neighbors, Ourselves”, Core New Art Space, Denver, CO
  • 2013 “La ChitiGaleria De Tu Novia Abuela”, La Paz, Bolivia
  • 2012 “Drawing 4 Portfolio Show”, Center for Visual Arts, Denver CO
  • 2012 “Mixed Media Open”, Juried Show, Core New Art Space, Denver CO
  • 2012 “Ut Pictura Poesis: An Open Art and Poetry Exhibition”, Buxiejo Gallery, Denver, CO

Publications, Press, Podcasts

  • “Cedric Chambers”, Podcast in the TomandSteveShow by Tom and Steve, April 23, 2017.
  • “#9 Cedric Chambers (Oil Painter)”, Podcast in Matturday by Matthew Squaire, March 6, 2017.
  • “Contemporary Portraiture at the Art Gallery at the DPAC”, article written in Metrosphere by Carlos Escamilla, September 8, 2015.
  • “25 Most Offensive Paintings Ever Created”, appeared in List 25, May 27, 2014.
  • “Jesus Darth Vader Painting By Cedric Chambers Selling On eBay”, article written in the Huffington Post by David Moye, November 8, 2013.