Wesley Kimler

Wesley Kimler (born 1953) an American artist based in Chicago, Illinois, is known for his colossal paintings, up to 15 feet high and 27 feet wide. According to critic Kevin Nance, these are “expressive, gestural, hybrid paintings that combine abstract and figurative elements in a way that’s theatrical and beautiful, sometimes grotesque and surreal, and always powerfully evocative.”


Kimler first began to paint at the age of 21, studying one year at the Laguna Gloria School of Art in Austin, Texas and 2 years at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.


Lisa Wainwright, a professor of art history and dean of graduate studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, has said of Kimler’s art: “It’s heroic, moral painting. He lives and breathes his art in the way the great painters did.”

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Wesley Kilmer 1

36 x 36 Oil on Canvas

Wesley Kilmer 2

30 x 45 Charcoal/Scenic Design, Paint on Paper

Cave Woman

36 x 36 Oil on Canvas

Elsa Muñoz

Elsa Muñoz is a Mexican-American artist born and raised in Chicago (1983). She received her BFA in oil painting from the American Academy of Art in 2006. She's since had 8 solo shows including one at the National Museum of Mexican Art (2011) and at the prestigious Union League Club of Chicago (2016) along with several group shows throughout the United States. She was recently awarded the Helen and Tim Meier Foundation For The Arts Achievement Award (2019). Notable collections include the National Museum of Mexican Art (Chicago), North Park University (Chicago), and the private collections of Martin Castro, Chairman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (2011- ) and Dolores Kunda, former president and CEO of Leo Burnett P.R. and Lápiz.

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Water and Sand

10 x 10 oil on panel

Dark Wave

10 x 10 oil on panel

What Will Come

10 x 10 oil on panel

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Marcos Rayas

Marcos Raya brings together old and new works in a variety of media that mostly explores the sociological impact of technological change. His paintings, collages and installations present an idiosyncratic hybrid of Mexican folklore, American pop-cuture. His work has more affinities with Dada and Surrealism, infused with elements of Chicago-Style Pop-Expressionism and Rascuachismo.


Through an extension of his own personal space, his frontier is filled with assemblage that takes life from the residue of crisis. His installations operate as both a self-portrait and collective history. In the context of a merging reality of medical and psychological proportions. His active space is an esthetic of abundance and display that presents traces of the ongoing struggles with urban displacement. 


Raya’s edge is both intimate in a domestic construction and sinister in a spectacle of public dimension.

Frida la Sufrida

29 x 29 Acrylic on Canvas

The Astronaut

21 x 21 Acrylic on Canvas

Edra Soto


Born in Puerto Rico, Edra Soto is an interdisciplinary artist, and co-director of the outdoor project space THE FRANKLIN.

Recent venues presenting Soto’s work include Crystal Bridges's The Momentary, Bentonville, AR, Albright-Knox Northland, Buffalo, NY; Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL; Smart Museum, Chicago, IL; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS; Pérez Art Museum Miami, FL; and Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, IL. This fall Soto completed the public art commission titled Screenhouse for a two-year exhibition at Millennium Park, Chicago, IL. Soto has attended residency programs at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Beta-Local, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Residency, Headlands Center for the Arts, Project Row Houses, Art Omi, and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center Arts/Industry. Soto was awarded the Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship, an Illinois Arts Council Agency Fellowship, and a 3Arts Foundation residency fellowship to Montalvo Arts Center. Most recently, she was the award winner of the inaugural Foundwork Artist Prize. Soto’s work has been included in three exhibitions supported by the MacArthur Foundation’s International Connections Fund: A Chicago / Puerto Rico exhibition at Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico; a Chicago / Cuba exhibition at the Smart Museum (Illinois) and a Chicago / Brazil exchange to take place in Salvador, Brazil in 2020.

Soto holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree from Escuela de Artes Plásticas y Diseño de Puerto Rico. She is a Lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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7 x 11 Risograph unframed painting, 2017