Salvador Jiménez-Flores

He // Him // His

[ID: Salvador, a Latinx man with dark wavy hair and a black mustache, stands against a green bush. He is wearing a mariachi suit without the hat.]

Interdisciplinary Artist and Ceramicist
Chicago, IL
2021 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by Anonymous.

Salvador Jiménez-Flores is an interdisciplinary artist born and raised in Jalisco, México. Jiménez-Flores explores the politics of identity and states of double consciousness, addressing issues of colonization, migration, “the other,” and futurism through a mixture of socially conscious installation, public, and studio-based art. His work spans community-based work, drawing, ceramics, prints, and mixed-media sculpture.

He is a member of the Color Network, an organization that promotes the advancement of people of color in the ceramic arts and helps artists develop, network, and create dialogue while providing a database site, resources, and mentorship. He is also a member of the Instituto Gráfico de Chicago, an organization inspired by the sociopolitical art of México’s Taller de Gráfica Popular (People’s Print Workshop), using art as a platform to inform and generate community discourse about urgent social issues.

He has presented his work at the National Museum of Mexican Art, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Urban Institute of Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, and Museum of Arts and Design in New York, among others. He has served as artist in residence for the city of Boston; the Ceramics Program, Office of the Arts at Harvard; and Kohler Arts Industry in Sheboygan, WI. He is a recipient of grants from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the New England Foundation for the Arts, and ThreeWalls. Jiménez-Flores is an assistant professor in Ceramics at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Portrait photo by Marisa Klug-Morataya.

  • Artwork by Salvador Jiménez-Flores
    An Imaginary World of Rascuache-Futurism / Un mundo imaginario del futurismo-rascuache, 2017. Terra-cotta, porcelain, underglazes, gold luster, and terra-cotta slip, dimensions 96 × 96 × 96 inches. Photo courtesy the artist.
    [ID: On top of a circular gold base, a totem-like ceramic sculpture depicts different versions of a prickly green cactus and human face stacked on top of each other. At the very top is an eagle with its white wings outstretched. Each wing supports a small snake. On the walls of the gallery behind the sculpture are six additional white and black versions of this eagle and snake.]
  • Artwork by Salvador Jiménez-Flores
    Space Cactus / Nopal Espacial, 2019. Brass, cast iron, rose gold plating, and brass hose, dimensions 72 × 72 × 72 inches. Photo by Kohler Co.; courtesy John Michael Kohler Arts Center.
    [ID: A totem-like brass sculpture with a combination of cast iron, gold and rose-gold plating prickly cactus paddles. The center figure is a cactus with a portrait of the artist wearing futuristic polished glasses.]
Artwork by Salvador Jiménez-Flores Artwork by Salvador Jiménez-Flores