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Art July, 6 2011

Esta Chido Todo: The Drawings of Raul Maldonado

Curated by Susan Matthews, Esta Chido Todo runs to September 3, 2011 at Chicago’s Inuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art.

Translated “it’s all cool,” Intuit will present the first major exhibition of the work of Raul Maldonado. A young Mexican immigrant from Hanover Park, Illinois, Maldonado creates large-scale works comprised of 22-by-28 inch poster board, completing and numbering one board at a time on his drawing table. These dozens of boards are then assembled into the completed drawing that can stretch up to 15 feet. Growing up in Guanajuato, Mexico, Maldonado began drawing at the age of 10 inspired by the cartoons he watched on television. Like many self-taught artists, Maldonado finds influence in pop culture sources such as anime and graffiti.

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