Bio

Bio

CK LEDESMA 

Ledesma was born and raised in Puerto Rico where he began his art education in the Central High de Artes Visuales in Santurce, San Juan. There he attended Middle and High School specializing in ceramics, studied at the University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras where he majored in anthropology and at La Escuela de Artes Plasticas where he focused in Art Education. In 2007 moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to become a professional ballroom dancer and instructor while continuing his art education by attending the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, finalizing his BFA at the University of Milwaukee Peck School of Art. Currently, Ledesma is a working visual artist in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and San Juan, Puerto Rico where he is pursuing an interdisciplinary approach to his practice exploring themes of identity in considering and integrating influences from American, Puerto Rican and Latino cultures-how identity intersects, interacts and defines our personas. As a visual artist, create work primarily using acrylic and spray paint in developing vibrant color palettes, performance-based pieces that combine gender binaries with cultural psyche, as well as investigating painting as sculptural and installation material. 

 

EDUCATION

PECK SCHOOL OF THE ARTS, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) | 2012−2013 - Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting; minor in Art History 

MILWAUKEE INSTITUTE OF ART & DESIGN, Milwaukee, WI | 2009−2011 - Completed coursework in painting and art history

ESCUELA DE ARTES PLASTICAS, San Juan, Puerto Rico | 2005−2007 - Completed coursework in painting, art history and art education.

UNIVERSIDAD DE PUERTO RICO, San Juan, PR | 2004−2005  - Completed coursework in anthropology.

CENTRAL HIGH DE ARTES VISUALES (High School of the Arts), San Juan, PR | 1998−2004 - Diploma

EXHIBITIONS & EVENTS

2019  |  2 Productions, Reginald Baylor Studios

2018  |  V, Var Gallery & Studio 

2017  |  31 Emerge, Walkers Point Center for the Arts  

2017  |  CultureJam MKE #6 “True Lies”, Redline Milwaukee 

2017  |  Sick and Sad Why Don’t We Make Together, Cosecha Creative Space 

2017  |  Tropicaleo, Cosecha Creative Space 

2017  |  30x30x30, Var Gallery & Studio 

2015  |  Pfister Artist in Residency Finalist Show, Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts 

2015  |  Pellicula Musculus, Var Gallery & Studio 

2015  |  30x30x30, Var Gallery & Studio 

2015  |  MARN: Visual Art, Milwaukee Artist Resource Network 

2014  |  The Artery,  Riverwest WI                                                                                 

2014  |  Var Gallery & Studio, Bayview Gallery Night  

2013  |  40th Annual Juried Art Show, UWM Union Art Gallery  


HONORS & AWARDS

2018  |  Artist in Residence, Milwaukee Public Library, Mitchell Street Branch 

2017  |  Artist in Residence, Cesar Chavez Drive  

2017  |  Community Partner, Milwaukee Film Festival 

2016  |  Visiting/Working Artist, Escuela Central de Artes Visuales in San Juan Puerto Rico 

2015  |  Finalist, Mary L. Nohl Fellowships for Individual Artist, Emerging Artist Category

2015  |  Honorable mention, MARN: Visual Art 

2015  |  Finalist, Artist in Residency, Pfister Hotel, Milwaukee, WI                                      

2014  |  Grant recipient, The Artery in Riverwest