I’m an artist because I make sense of myself and my world by making
art. For the past year I’ve been going through a fundamental life
change that’s affecting my artwork as one informs the other.
As a printmaker, I’m drawn to mixed media but also constantly drawing
and painting. My work is mainly representational; I work in small,
intimate formats using strong colors, layers and textures creating
images that possess visual impact or a poetic resonance. The studio is
the basis of my discipline, but my sketchbook is my laboratory space.
I was born into pain and grew up in a country in conflict. My current
body of work confronts pain and tries to understand it. Working in art
museums has influenced my own artistic practice and New York has
become the instigator of my current work. Homeless and rootless, the
city is my adopted home; it’s from this vantage point that I now make
Chio Flores was born and raised in Peru; she’s a visual artist, designer and museum educator. She received a B.A. in Fine Arts from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru with a major in printmaking. Chio is an accomplished visual artist whose mixed media work and installations have exhibited in The (S) Files at El Museo del Barrio, Local Project Art Space, Mission Cultural Center, Pratt Institute, Halcyon Gallery, the Graphica Creativa Printmaking Triennial in Helsinki, Finland, the Printmaking Biennial in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Santo Domingo, Torpedo Factory and Glass House Gallery among others. She recently collaborated with dancer Julie Fotheringham and musician Jarryd Lowder in a hybrid performance entitled Plastic Membrane presented in an industrial building in Bushwick, Brooklyn.