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Mike Chavez

if lovin you is wrong, i dont want to be right 2008

Screenprint and Acrylic on Linen

137cm x 137cm

Artist Statement

This work explores the nature of human relationships, courtship rituals, gender politics and sexual dynamics by juxtaposing our conversational intimacies and pillow talk with anthropomorphic animal couplings. But above all, it's about love transcending gender, race and public scrutiny.


Mike Chavez is a full-time, Melbourne based artist whose works have been exhibited in solo, group and juried exhibitions across Australia.

Mike has been “nominated as one of the top 20 artists under 35 in Australia" by an independent panel of curators and arts writers assembled by Art Melbourne 06. He was featured in New Generation, a showcase of emerging artists who are “doing important work and should be considered seriously by collectors and astute investors.”
His paintings based on the Australian ute explore the themes of racism and parochialism through their use of bold images, slogans and repetition. In works featuring anthropomorphized animal characters he examines the complexities of the human condition while in another series entitled La Familia, he looks at life’s daily travails. 

A former animator at Disney, Warner Bro's + Dreamworks, Mike is now an independent artist working for his own damn self.