Artadia is pleased to return to EXPO CHICAGO this April, featuring three of its 2022 Chicago Awardees.

At the 2023 EXPO CHICAGO, Artadia will be showing the work of 2022 Awardees Selva Aparicio, The Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation Artadia Award recipient, Azadeh Gholizadeh, the LeRoy Neiman and Janet Byrne Neiman Foundation Artadia Award recipient, and Maryam Taghavi, The Joyce Foundation Artadia Award recipient.

Artadia has been presenting Awards to artists living and working in Chicago since 2001. Twenty Award cycles have been subsequently held in the city, providing critical funds to over 80 Chicago-based artists. In partnering with EXPO CHICAGO Artadia is able to provide its Chicago Artadia Awardees continued recognition and visibility, as well as a platform to show new work. In participating at EXPO, Artadia visibly demonstrates the critical importance of providing financial support to artists as well as celebrating the high caliber of the artists in its network. Notable Chicago Artadia Awardees include Nick Cave (2006), Bethany Collins (2019), Theaster Gates (2008), and LaMont Hamilton (2015).

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Selva Aparicio (The Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation Artadia Award 2022 recipient)

Selva Aparicio was born and raised in the natural park of Barcelona, Spain, where she found solace in nature from a young age and cultivated a profound interest in the ephemeral, as inspired by the natural world around her. She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2015 and her MFA in sculpture from Yale University in 2017. Aparicio’s work has been shown internationally in solo and group exhibitions including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; The International Museum of Surgical Science, Chicago; Yale Center for British Art; Can Mario Museum, Spain; CRUSH Curatorial, New York; The Kyoto International Craft Center, Japan; Instituto Cervantes, New York; and the Centre de Cultura Contemporanea de Barcelona. 

For Artadia’s booth, Aparicio will be debuting three recently finished pieces she began in 2021. During the beginning of the pandemic, Aparicio would roam cemetaries in Chicago, collecting materials along the way. In addition to the natural elements she found, she came across a teddy bear that had been discarded, once used as an offering at a child’s grave. Now, she covers the discarded items in dandelions – as a reminder of the delicacy and decay of life.

Auto-da-Fé (Act of Faith)_3, 2021/23

Top: Auto-da-Fé (Act of Faith)_3, 2021/23.

Bottom: East of Eden, 2023.

Azadeh Gholizadeh (2022 LeRoy Neiman and Janet Byrne Neiman Foundation Artadia Award recipient)

Azadeh Gholizadeh is an artist and educator, born in Tehran, Iran. Gholizadeh explores the relationship between light, landscape, and different perspectives in her artistic practice. Her focus lies in the connection between memory and the natural environment, which can lead to new discoveries and explorations instead of being a mere reflection of what has been lost.

For Artadia’s booth, Gholizadeh will share three new works inspired by photos she took in Wisconsin and Michigan. In this series, she explores monochromatic color palettes in an effort to examine how colors can interact and shift in different contexts, much like our own perspectives.

Top: Viridian, 2023.

Bottom: Yellow Ocher, 2023.

Maryam Taghavi (The Joyce Foundation Artadia Award recipient 2022)

Maryam Taghavi is an artist and educator. She was born in Tehran and currently resides in Chicago. Taghavi’s work on language and abstraction in recent years has coalesced with research on Islamic occult practices. Unlike the traditional hierarchies of the belief system, the female agency conjures magic and steers the imagined invisible.

Sigils are forms which have spiritual but no linguistic resonance, intend to tap into the hidden knowledge of the world by arranging Arabic letters and numbers. Taghavi will present two works made at the beginning of her exploration of Simya, the practice of making sigils. Taghavi reincarnates sigils in a range of disciplines such as painting, drawing, sculpture, performance, publication, and installation to release the movement withheld in these forms.

Top: Hhhh, 2021.

Bottom: Al131793791, ع ل ۱۳۱۷۹۳۷۹۱, (part of Flight series), 2021.

EXPO CHICAGO, the International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art, has established the city of Chicago as a preeminent art fair destination. EXPO CHICAGO takes place at historic Navy Pier, whose vast vaulted architecture hosts leading international art galleries alongside one of the highest quality platforms for global contemporary art and culture. EXPO CHICAGO will host the 10th edition in-person exposition on April 13-16, 2022 at Navy Pier.