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Erik Jerezano was born in Mexico City in 1973. He is a self-taught artist who arrived to Toronto in 2001. His work has been exhibited widely in Canada and abroad individually and as a member of the Z’otz* collective. Jerezano has been awarded grants from the Toronto, Ontario and Canada Arts Council. His work is part of the Art Registry Programs at the Drawing Center, New York and the Museum of Latin American Art in California. He exhibited at the Museum Knin (Croatia) and participated in the 16th edition of the International Print Biennial Seoul (South Korea) in 2011. That same year, he won first prize from the Courvoisier Collective and was awarded the Pollock-Krasner Foundation in 2012. His work is in several collections including the Canada Council Art Bank, Cirque du Soleil and Bank of Montreal. Erik has just recently created a large scale mural with Z’otz* for the Pan Am Art Path in Toronto, 2015. He is also working on a site specific installation that will be part of “Pop Up Shop” organized by Centre 3 for Print and Media Arts, also part of the Pan Am Games.  

Artist Statement: My work originates from a visual language I term visceral-intuitive, a figurative-based practice that combines anthropomorphism, fable and the grotesque in ways that offer abstract encounters. The subjects of my work have a life cycle of their own, within which is contained a regeneration of form and a sense of rebirth. I am constantly evoking images of transition in a nonlinear narrative. Mutation and transformation are the main subjects of the most recent pieces. I have always been enamored by characters in fables and popular tales that have the possibility to become something else, to transform into another body. My fascination with these beings is multilayered, and I often reflect upon the risks taken during the transitional state.  

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