Many art critics state that there is no sense in painting because everything under the sun has been painted. If one narrows what has been painted to Jesus and Nudes, then the art critics are probably correct. In my opinion, saying that everything has been painted is like saying that every song has been written. Art is a reaction to culture, and as long as culture changes, what we paint will also change. When Greenberg claimed that Abstract Expressionism was the epitome of painting, he forgot about the surrealists, and the 1970’s Photo-realists (who directly responded Abstract Expressionism by painting the mundane). Claiming that Abstract art is the epitome of painting is like claiming that Disco is the epitome of music.
I’m a Bolivian American oil painter who was born in Denver on June 16, 1990. Those who know me best describe me as a sparkling cunning artist with a penchant for gummy bears. I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art in 2016 from Metro State University of Denver, where I learned a lot about art history and art theory. I learned the most about painting through my various apprenticeships and private lessons with master painters such as Felicia Forte, who thought me through online lessons via Skype.
I’ve sold hundreds of paintings and I’ve shipped artwork to 5 continents. I’m one of the youngest members of The International Guild of Realism, a meta-modern guild whose global mission since its founding is to “recognize the best realists working today”. I also own a rescued greyhound named Coco whom I might put up for adoption if she pisses in my car again.
When I was born, my dad gave me the name Cedric so I could be a playwright without having the burden of picking a pseudonym. At a young age, he used to read me short stories by Dostoevsky. My parents told me that I used to get angry during Dostoevsky-time and throw books across the room. I think this was my first rejection towards fiction. When I was in the 4th grade, unbeknownst to me, my teacher was going to fail me because she thought that I was unable to read. I remember going on a family trip to South Dakota and reading the road signs out loud as we drove by. A surprise to my parents because they also thought that I couldn’t read. When asked by my teachers why my reading grades were so bad, I replied “I don’t want to read the stupid frog books”. While Frog and Toad Together and Fox with Socks appealed to the average 4th grader, I preferred checking out informational books like How to Draw or How to Fold Origami or textbooks about insects. Even as a child I was a curious explorer. This about sums up my educational experience. I was never really committed to the education program and I discovered that many of my interests were different than my peers.
Things did not really change in my adult life. I remember purchasing my first iPad and using it to read/download philosophy books. What kind of nerd buys an iPad to download public domain books and read them between class periods? This same iPad was later stolen and I remember getting an email from the Apple store saying “Thank you for purchasing Angry Birds” – this about sums up humanity, an iPad is one of the most powerful and technologically advanced informational tools in existence, and people use it to play bird games.
I remember being coerced into going to a Riot Fest concert with one of my co-workers around my 25th birthday. I didn’t have my camera with me so when I lost my co-worker I found myself alone with nothing to do. It was at this point that I realized what “fun” meant. I remember being so excited that evening that when I got home I had to explain it to my brother. “Fun” is the social situation of standing around drinking with your ‘friends’ and not doing anything productive at all; or more to the point, fun is not doing anything productive at all.
What I love about reality is that you don’t have to imagine the ridiculous, often it already exists. I believe that art should be a subjective experience and that the motifs that I place within my artwork should only start the conversation. I think I paint realistically because I want to show people the world that I see through my lens.
- 2012-2016 Metropolitan State University, Denver, CO
- October 2016 – Private Tutoring with Felicia Forte
- 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”, article written 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.