CK LEDESMA BIO
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.
PECK SCHOOL OF THE ARTS, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) | 2012−2013 - Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting; minor in Art History Scholarship recipient, Department of Art and Design Incoming Scholarship Competition.
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
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 | 2017
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 | 2015
The Artery, Riverwest WI | 2014
Var Gallery & Studio, Bayview Gallery Night | 2014
40th Annual Juried Art Show at the UWM Union Art Gallery | 2013
HONORS & AWARDS
Artist in Residence, Milwaukee Public Library, Mitchell Street Branch | 2018
Artist in Residence, Cesar Chavez Drive | 2017
Community Partner, Milwaukee Film Festival | 2017
Visiting/Working Artist, Escuela Central de Artes Visuales in San Juan Puerto Rico | 2016
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 | 2015
Grant recipient, The Artery in Riverwest | 2014