Born in Mexico in 1981, Rodrigo Lara Zendejas was raised in a religious family and served as an altar boy. The local cemetery functioned as a playground for him, his siblings and friends. The experiences and aesthetics encapsulated in those environments are evident in his installation work. Lara Zendejas holds a BFA, Summa Cum Laude, from the University of Guanajuato; and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), where he won the Raymond James Nelson Fellowship. Selected awards include the Proyectos Especiales grant and the Jóvenes Creadores grant, both from the Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes in Mexico (FONCA); a Joan Mitchell Foundation Emerging Artists Grant; an Extraordinary Talents Visa from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services; and the John W. Kurtich Travel Scholarship from SAIC in Berlin and Kassel, Germany. Lara Zendejas won first prize in sculpture at the National Award for Visual Arts 2010 in Querétaro, Mexico. His solo exhibitions include the Museo de Arte Moderno del Estado de Mexico; Hyde Park Art Center and the National Museum of Mexican Art, both in Chicago, IL; and at Kruger Gallery in Marfa, Texas. Selected group shows include the EXPO Chicago and the Chicago Architecture Biennale in both in 2015, and the DePaul Art Museum in 2017. Lara Zendejas was an artist-in-residence at the Vermont Studio Center, ACRE, Ragdale, and Cross Currents: Cultural Exchange. He lives and works in Chicago.
Rodrigo's ArtPrize Entries
These are Rodrigo's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Rodrigo's Past Work
These are images of past work that Rodrigo has done.