Artist Archive

The Shudio features a different artist every month in participation of Pilsen’s 2nd Fridays Art Walk / Gallery Night. This walk typically includes galleries, arts’ studios and maker spaces along South Halsted Street throughout Pilsen, Chicago. 

Our featured artist is highlighted both in our storefront, as well as our online shop (as of Fall 2020 due to COVID-19). We encourage you to check out each of our past artist’s work and learn more about them with our archive below:

2021
September / October: Alex Velaquez Brightbill
July / August: Luz Magdaleno Flores
May / June: Rhett Bennick
March / April: Alexy Irving

2020
November / December: Hailey Losselyong
September / October: Jessica Levin
February: Aryn Evans

2019
December: Caro
November: Hoof Print Chicago
October: Carolina Rodriguez
September: Hailey Losselyong
August: Queen Hibbler
July: Kozmo 

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ALEX VELAZQUEZ BRIGHTBILL | September / October 2021 
Specialties: Printmaking, Painting, Mixed Media, Linocut Prints

Alex is a Mexican born artist who migrated to Chicago at the age of ten, she graduated with a BFA from Northeastern University in 2009 and has shown at numerous galleries and curated art shows and cultural events. Today, Alex's work reflects her love for animals, Mexican traditions and cross cultural roots.

She participates with women led organizations bringing awareness to issues of abuse and social justice creating art as a healing process. Her influences include printmaking artists such as Jose Guadalupe Posada, a political printmaker, but also artists from the DADA movement

‘‘I create collages, paintings and printmaking. My inspirations are based on my childhood experiences, animals and social justice ‘‘.

Instagram: @avelazqu80 
Etsy: Alex Brightill Arts 

 

LUZ MAGDALENO FLORES | July / August 2021 
Specialties: Film Photography, Upholstery, Storytelling

Luz is a first generation Chicana, living in Pilsen and the daughter of Mexican migrants. In the past couple of years, she has fallen in love with shooting 35mm film photography and uses dance as a parallel to the art she makes.  

Luz comes from a long lineage of Mexican tapiceros. Together with her father, they matched thread to the art and sewed her unedited film captures onto the leftover fabric typically used in the detailed interiors of these carros clasicos.

‘‘My goal as an artist is to capture the beauty that prevails in marginalized communities...to capture the essence of black and brown barrios and also feature the resilient queer communities‘‘.

Instagram: @lightofyourvida

 

RHETT BENNICK | May / June 2021 
Specialties: Illustration, Storytelling, Fantasy, Design

Rhett (they/them) is a Chicago-based queer creative, powered by fantasy and nature. They are drawn to illustration and creating worlds for themself and others to escape into. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Design, they have focused on their specialty in concept sketching and illustration skills.

Rhett loves reimagining animals, plants, and people in fantastical and sometimes odd ways. Their work aims to embody the spirit of the ‘solar punk’ genre, imaging the near future in a more optimistic manner while being cognizant of our current reality. 

“My work allows people to escape to a more interesting and fantastical reality and at its best it opens up the door to imagine ourselves & the world around us for the better.”

Instagram: @in_melee_range
Website: etsy.com/shop/MeleeRange

Buy Me A Coffee Membership: buymeacoffee.com/Meleerange

 

ALEXY IRVING | March / April 2021 
Specialties: Photography, Gardening

“It is believed that if you give a child the opportunity, they can conquer the world. That’s believed by Alexy Irving, and it was a gifted opportunity that spearheaded her passion for photography.

While in her high-school year book class, Alexy was handed a camera and told to capture a moment for an entire school to see forever. After that, her father gifted her first camera for Christmas and that opportunity to capture moments turned into thousands and now expands internationally.

Alexy utilizes her photography to inspire an appreciation for the nature and people that occupy this world. Within her photo documentation practice, she uses natural environments to tell stories about agriculture, new cities and to spark a curiosity in it all. 

Alexy hails from St. Louis where she uprooted everything to pursue her passion in Chicago. That journey makes her a walking example of how leaving your comfort zone can establish growth and curiosity for the world and make this place a more passionate environment.” 

Instagram: @wherenextlex

 

HAILEY M. LOSSELYONG | November / December 2020 
Specialties: Painting, Murals, Digital Art, Vintage

Since youth, Hailey has always been exposed to various forms of art from sewing to knitting. As she entered college, Hailey worked on projects for friends, eventually expanding into her art today.

Known for her digital art, Hailey also explores unconventional canvases such as home wares, sporting equipment, and vintage clothing and bags. Her brand, HML doubles in meaning as "Hailey Marie Losselyong" and "Hit My Line".

“I want people to see themselves in my work. Whether it be identifying with facial features or relating to an emotion...The goal is to highlight the duality of people while also making them feel good about themselves. The work can be light hearted or heavy, muted or colorful, detailed or simple.”

Website: HML.design
Instagram: @hai_ey

 

JESSICA LEVIN | August / September 2020 
Specialties: Photography, Writing

Jessica Levin is a Chicago-based visual artist, photographer, and creative director with a focus on intimate portraits and female empowerment. Recent involvement include Lucie Foundation, Shoot It With Film, Spotz Club, Outdoor Photo, Sheriff Nottingham, Driftless Magazine, Swatka City, and if you leave.

Website: jessicawlevin.com
Instagram: @jessicawlevin


DUE TO COVID-19, we did not feature an artist from April to August 2020.

ARYN EVANS | February 2020
Specialties: Painting, Gardening, Yoga

Raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, currently living in Southwest Chicago, Arryn is an artist, human rights attorney, teacher, and ceremonialist.

“After graduating from law school from the University of Michigan in 2012, I moved to Chicago to work as a trial lawyer for a big law firm. Always full of creative energy, I started experimenting with painting and creative projects in 2016 and fell in love with creating.

In addition to my work as a visual artist, I created Wild Human, where I teach yoga and mindfulness, lead sacred cacao ceremonies, and teach workshops on everything from plants to creativity to working with the moon. Admiring artists like Frida Kahlo, Jackson Pollock, and Henri Matisse, I never shy away from color and love to get messy.

Through my artwork and my life, I hope to spread positivity and appreciation for life and nature. Mother Nature is the ultimate muse — I am constantly inspired by the natural beauty of the earth and all of its wildlife, colors, shapes and details. To me, making art is a tangible celebration of being alive!”

Website: arynevans.com
Instagram: @arynevans

CARO | December 2019 
Specialities: Photography (Film; Music)


“Born in Detroit, Michigan, Carolina was influenced early on from the stories her father shared with her during his time at El Imparcial, a daily newspaper based in Oaxaca, Mexico. Before immigrating to the United States, Carolina’s father worked in the company’s darkroom, developing and inserting photos into the daily news. The stories from his experience working at that institution would eventually be passed on to Carolina and, ultimately, shape her decision in becoming a photographer.

She graduated from Columbia in 2014 with a Bachelors of Arts in Photography and a Minor in Arts Management. While at Columbia, she later became Senior Photo Editor at The Columbia Chronicle newspaper which landed her an opportunity to work as Jesus “Chuy” Garcia’s Staff Photographer during his 2015 mayoral run while also finding time to be a Teaching Artist for the National Museum of Mexican Art. Despite the visual aspect her life took on with photography, her passion for music has never dwindled.

Caro began working for Festival de Musica Electronica Latina in Chicago in 2011 documenting the festival’s city-wide events and creating portraits of visiting artists. Her role as a music photographer would later expand as she became the Arts & Culture photographer, and currently Photo Editor, at Gozamos, one of the Midwest’s most engaging and outspoken cultural websites. Her love for music is shown in her work traveling to festival such as Supersonico in Los Angeles and to smaller fest like Musica en el Patio en Tijuana, México learning about new artist that influence her and would love to share for everyone to know. She also currently the main photographer for Chicago's very own Cumbiasazo. She has now been featured in Hoy Chicago, Chicago Tribune, Noisey MX and US, Chicago Magazine, Chicago Reader, Chicago Bulls, Hyundai, Imagen Zacatecas. Carolina’s love of photography has increased as she explores visual storytelling. Along with the added interaction that comes with community outreach, she is able to capture special moments through her lens at music festivals, in underground arts communities and through artist portraiture."

Website: carofotos.com

Instagram: @carofotos9

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HOOF PRINT (Various Artists) | November 2019 
Specialties: Printmaking, Zines

Located in McKinley Park, Print-partners Gabe Hoare and Liz Born formed Hoofprint in 2012. “We edition print-based work that represents a collaboration between the artist and a team of skilled printers. Printmaking is strongly rooted in Drawing, which increases in relevance as its definition expands. The techniques we use–lithography, relief, etching and screenprinting–create opportunities to work traditionally or experimentally, and give artists tools to re-contextualize existing themes in their studio practice. The creation of multiples allows more viewers to experience and own original art

GABE HOARE works primarily in sculptural installation and assemblage, transforming print-based works into interactive environments. He creates ritual objects that are both sacred and silly, affirming belief whilst simultaneously poking fun. After receiving his BFA from the University of Florida, Gabe went on to assist artists at Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop and Tandem Press, including Eddie Martinez, Sam Gilliam, and Suzanne Caporael. His work has been featured at venues including the Milk Factory and Co-prosperity Sphere.

LIZ BORN is a Chicago-based artist. Working primarily in relief and lithography, she illustrates the communion between animals and human-animals. Liz has taught relief, screenprinting, and intaglio at Spudnik Press, The Hyde Park Art Center, and Marwen. Her work has been featured at venues including Heaven Gallery, Woman-Made, and the Jane Addams Hull House Museum.”

ARTISTS Included in Feature:
Ivan Bautista
Liz Born
Lisa Czech
Sanya Glisic
Gabe Hoare
Nicole Marroquin
Talya Modlin
Mony Nuñez
Alicia Obermeyer
Ezequiel Peña
Sandra Perlow
Kyla Zoe Raferf

Instagram: @hoofprintchicago 


CAROLINA RODRIGUEZOctober 2019
Specialties: Photography 

“Carolina Mariana Rodríguez is a Mexican American artist based in Chicago. Her photography practice was influenced at a young age by a stack of B&W photos her father took during his youth in Merida, Mexico.

Carolina’s interest in ordinary musings has created a personal body of work comprised of emotive and often ambiguous moments. Focusing on light, shape and the exploration of her environment through everyday objects and occasions— the viewer is aware of Carolina’s presence through photos that sense she is directly experiencing them.

These qualities take shape in Carolina’s commercial work where she strives for relaxed and honest imagery with interesting elements woven throughout.
She studied Fine Arts and Psychology at the University of Kansas. Her interest in international travel has led her to photo opportunities in Colombia, China, Greece, Mexico and Morocco."

Website: caro-lina.com
Instagram: @linacaro


HAILEY M. LOSSELYONG | September 2019 
Specialties: Painting, Murals, Digital Art, Vintage

Since youth, Hailey has always been exposed to various forms of art from sewing to knitting. As she entered college, Hailey worked on projects for friends, eventually expanding into her art today.

Known for her digital art, Hailey also explores unconventional canvases such as home wares, sporting equipment, and vintage clothing and bags. Her brand, HML doubles in meaning as "Hailey Marie Losselyong" and "Hit My Line".

“I want people to see themselves in my work. Whether it be identifying with facial features or relating to an emotion...The goal is to highlight the duality of people while also making them feel good about themselves. The work can be light hearted or heavy, muted or colorful, detailed or simple.”

Website: HML.design
Instagram: @hai_ey

 

QUEEN HIBBLERAugust 2019 
Specialties: Painting, Digital Art, Printmaking

Queen Hibbler, a Chicago-based artist with her Bachelor's in Graphic Design and Printmaking.

"As a proud black and female artist, her work is representative of the beauty of what it means to be black- as well as a woman. She is currently working on experimenting with different concepts and mediums to illustrate her aesthetic on a larger scale.
Queen tends to be graphic and fluid with the marks she makes. With influences that of Van Gogh, Basquiat, Kahlo, Kerry James Marshall and Kehinde Wiley, the two elements seem to mesh.

Website: artbyqueen.bigcartel.com

Instagram: @queen.hibbler 

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KOZMO | July 2019
Specialties: Painting, Murals


Raised in Puerto Rico by an artistic family. Known for her vivid illustrations and color-pop creepiness paintings, Kozmo's work can be found along the streets of Chicago as a muralist and in her husband's tattoo shop as an apprentice.

Instagram: @___kozmo___