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Lisette Chavez

Artist Statement

Lisette Chavez was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley, located on the southernmost tip of Texas near the Mexican border.  It was there that she discovered a love of drawing at an early age.  This development became the foundation of an enduring interest in lithography.

In her work, she often seeks to find beauty in those things which we fear and make art about what we cannot explain. Her fondest childhood memories are attending the numerous funerals of her large extended family. This experience created a preoccupation with death and has inspired her to explore the ceremonial behaviors associated with honoring the body of the deceased.  Her most recent work questions faith and confronts the discomfort in balancing religious beliefs and actions in every day life.

Chavez’s artwork has been exhibited in various locations throughout the United States, and internationally in Australia, Germany, Nicaragua, Argentina, Estonia and Mexico.  Her work is held in numerous museum, university and private collections including the Museum of Texas Tech University, Lubbock; Monash University, Gippsland, Australia; Proyecto Ace, Buenos Aires, Argentina; St. Lawrence University, Canton, New York and the University of Colorado-Boulder. Chavez has lectured about her own work at the Harlingen Arts & Heritage Museum, Texas; New Mexico Highlands University -Las Vegas as well as Women and Their Work Art Space in Austin, Texas.

She holds an MA degree in studio art from Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi and recently earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Arizona in Tucson.  She works and resides in Austin,Texas.

Empty Nest (Brown)
You Were Just A Baby
Sleeping Queen
Empty Nest (Blue)