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Chiqui Mendoza was born in Santiago de los Caballeros. He graduated from the School of Fine Arts in his hometown. He also graduated in architecture from the Technological University of Santiago (UTESA) and studied Fine Arts at the Art Students League in New York. At 1982 he was appointed professor of drawing and painting at the School of Fine Arts of Santiago, and Director of that same institution between 2004 and 2006. Mendoza is a contemporary artist whose plastic discourse has been in constant evolution and his conceptual searches have led him to approach the traditions and Dominican inheritances and the Afro-Caribbean component. Likewise, he is interested in questioning the materiality of the work of art. His explorations have focused primarily on artistic discourse as a way of reflecting on the reality that surrounds him. In this work Mendoza makes an evaluation of the artistic exercise from the drawing. The piece is a formal experimentation with a great ludic component, in which the author recomposes the idea of ​​the act of drawing. For the artist, the aesthetic and poetic elements of the work are the questioning of space and materiality, the recognition of the vacuum produced by the drawing and the place created by the materials. To do this, it appeals to contrast surfaces: it combines papers, superimposes them and creates a space where the drawing is produced from the stain of a glass, from the trace of the graphite, or from the new perceptions that are generated when questioning the medium

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