Elephant Room Gallery is excited to present a 3 day solo exhibition of paintings by Chicago-based artist, Justin Suico beginning August 1st, 2019. The impact of Suico’s work will feed off the energy of Lollapalooza, happening just a few blocks away.
“Meditative Gardens” explores the harsh reality of city living and the refuge made possible through our connection to nature. Suico’s paintings are layers upon layers of graffiti-like movement combined with floral imagery that draws you into the beautiful chaos that almost exactly represents the marriage of urban and nature. Although the work is abstract, the energy and intention is made clear. “My paintings are designed to acknowledge and explore the intensity of urban living and portray the stories of those city-inhabitants who recognize and appreciate positivity and the abundance that can be cultivated through a connection with nature, no matter how limited it may be.” – Suico
“Meditative Gardens” runs August 1st through 3rd only and will be open on Thursday, August 1st from 12-5pm followed by an opening reception with the artist from 5-9pm. Additional open hours are August 2nd and 3rd from 12-6pm. Elephant Room Gallery is located at 704 S Wabash Ave. in the South Loop neighborhood of Chicago. Justin Suico will be painting a large piece live in front of The Blackstone Hotel, located a block away at 636 S Michigan Avenue on August 2nd from 3-6pm and August 3rd from 11am-3pm, weather permitting. For more information: www.elephantroomgallery.com
About the Artist
Born on December 6, 1985, Suico is a visual artist from Chicago, IL. Suico’s paintings have been shown all over Chicago, in Miami’s Art Basel and in Asia Contemporary Art Hong-Kong. Recently, Suico made a return to Miami and immediately made a cultural and artistic impact with the top private closing event of Miami’s Art Basel week in South Beach titled COCO Miami. His artistic visions curated and produced his own event that also included co-artist Tom Franco, which began to break the mold of the conventional artist presentation. Later, his work traveled across the sea and joined a group show at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art curated by Alan Chin. After a series of intense competitive art battles throughout the year, Suico became a finalist in the 2018 Midwest Regional Art Battle final in Chicago.
Endeavoring to continuously reimagine his art through cultural immersion, Suico has painted in a number of international locations including Reykjavik, Barcelona, Montreal, Florence, Rome, and Paris. His natural artistic eye has allowed him to become the Production Designer and Art Director for GoLucky Studios where he has curated multiple successful projects/popups such as the SCOUT’s VIP access party for Hollywood executives & agents from Comedy Central, ABC, Dreamworks, Netflix, WME, CAA, UTA and Paradigm. In 2017 he became a key committee member for Art for Life Chicago curating multiple successful art shows. Furthermore, Suico is assisting in developing an art program for Karam, a NFP helping Syrian refugee children adjust to a new life in America.