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Born in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A    1957
Lives and works in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Education
1986 BFA Arizona State University, summa cum laude.

 
Selected Group Exhibitions
2017 “Art and Money”, Harry Wood Gallery, ASU Campus, Tempe, AZ, USA
2017 “Fisuras en el trópico: Prácticas artísticas de los 90’s en el Occidente”, OPC, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
2016 “You are Here: Urban Aproximations”, OPC, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
2016 “Introductions” Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, USA
2015 “Unity”, Galería Omar Alonso, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
2014 “Entre la Permanencia y lo Transitorio”, Museo de las Artes, Guadalajara, Mexico
2014 “Confrontaciones y Analogías”, MACT, Tamaulipas, Matamoros, Mexico
2014 “Heavenly Bodies”, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA, USA
2013 “Idle Hands”, Turner Carroll Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, USA
2012 “Sem Limites”, Centro Cultural Palacio de Egipto, Oeiras-Lisboa, Portugal
2012 “CloseUpVallarta”: International Festival of Video Creation, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
2012 “War and Peace”, Galería Nina Menocal, Mexico City, Mexico
2011 “Now or Never”, vacant lot, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
2011 “Fuerzas Básicas”, Museo de la Ciudad, Guadalajara, Mexico
2011 “Topo/Graphy”, Edward Cella Art and Architecture, Los Angeles, USA
2011 “Rojo”, Galeria Omar Alonso, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
2011 “10 X10: Urban Caligraphy”, Bus Stop Ad Board in Mexico City, Mexico
2011 “AZ: site specific installation”, Monastery Ruins, Rueggisberg, Switzerland
2010 “Luis Gonzales Palma and Davis Birks”, Galeria Omar Alonso, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
2009 “Chance: Cuestiones del Azar”, Von Rohr Gallery, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
2008 “Like a Dog Coming Out of A Reservoir”, Charro Negro Gallery, Guadalajara, Mexico
2008 “Orozco Desde el Siglo XXl”, Instituto Cultural Cabañas, Guadalajara, Mexico
2008 “Firulias”, Museo de la Ciudad, Guadalajara, Mexico
2008 “Bundang Memorial Park: site specific work”, Seoul, Korea
2008 “Light”, Galería Nina Menocal, Mexico City, Mexico
2008 “KlosterSkulpturenAustelung”, Rüeggisberg, Switzerland
2008 “Femaco”, Galeria Nina Menocal, Charro Negro, Mexico City, Mexico
2008 “PVAC: Puerto Vallarta Arte Contemporáneo”, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
2007 “Picture Stories: The Art of Europe and the Americas”, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, CA, USA
2006 “Artistas Citados”, Galería Nina Menocal, Mexico City, Mexico
2006 “Scope Art Fair” Charro Negro Gallery, Miami, USA
2006 “Explorations”, Edward Cella Art+Architecture, Santa Barbara, USA
2005 “Retrospektiv”, Galerie/Atelier Tom Blaess, Bern, Switzerland
2005 “Mexican Report”, Meridian Int. Center, Washington D.C., USA
2005 “Vibra Óptica”, Galerie Kritika, Prague, Czech Republic
2004 “Mexican Report”, Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, San Antonio, TX, USA
2004 “Vibra Óptica”,  National Museum of Fine Arts, Bucharest, Romania
2003 “Prodigios del Grafito”, Museo Raúl Anguiano, Guadalajara, Mexico
2003 “Panorama: La Pintura en Jalisco”, Instituto Cultural Cabañas, Guadalajara, Mexico
2003 “Not for Sale in Mexico”, Exconvento del Carmen, Guadalajara, Mexico
2003 “A Piedra y Fuego”, Instituto Cultural Cabañas, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
2002 “Vibra Óptica”, Kulturzentrum bei den Minoriten, Graz, Austria
2002 “Bajo el Mismo Techo”, Galería de Arte Contemporáneo y Diseño, Puebla, Mexico
2002 “Muestra 001”, Monterrey, N.L., Mexico
2001 Instituto Potosino de Bellas Artes, San Luis Potosí, Mexico
2001 Casa de La Cultura de Puebla, Puebla, Mexico
2000 “Pintura en Jalisco: 1950 – 2000” Instituto Cultural Cabañas, Guadalajara, Mexico
2000 Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico
2000 Salón de Octubre: Premio OmniLife”, Guadalajara, Mexico
2000 “X Bienal de Pinura”, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico
1999 “Accrochage”, Galerie Rahn, Zürich, Switzerland
1999 “IV Bienal de Monterrey”, Museo de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico
1999 University of Winnepeg, Winnepeg, Canada
1999 “Kunst 98”, Zürich, Switzerland
1998 Galerie Rahn, Zürich, Switzerland
1998 Galerie A-16, Zürich, Switzerland
1998 “Salón Bancomer”, Mexico City, Mexico
1997 “Kunst 97”, Zürich, Switzerland
1997 “Premio MARCO 96”, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Monterrey, Mexico
1996 “Carlos Vidal und Davis Birks”, Galerie Rahn, Zürich, Switzerland
1996 “Unidos Contra el Sida”, Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico City, Mexico
1995 Couturier Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
1995 “Colección Permanente”, Museo de Las Artes, U de G, Guadalajara, Mexico
1994 “Encuentro InterAmericano”, Museo de Las Artes, U de G, Guadalajara, Mexico
1993 “Second Cities”, Diverse Works Artspace, Houston, USA
1992 Hudson River Museum, New York, NY, USA
1992 Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA, USA
1989 Galería Expositum, Mexico City, Mexico
1988 “VIII Bienal de San Juan de Grabado”, San Juan, Puerto Rico
1987 Scott Alan Gallery, New York, NY, USA

Selected Solo Projects and Exhibitions
2017 “IF”, public art installation, OPC, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
2014 “Paradise in Process”, OPC, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
2013 “Artificial Turf”, Galería Omar Alonso, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
2012 “DeTuR”, Galería Omar Alonso, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
2009 “Extracciones”, Galería Nina Menocal, Mexico City, Mexico
2008 “Around”, ExConvento del Carmen, Guadalajara, Mexico
2007 “Strata”, Edward Cella Art+Architecture, CA, USA
2006 “Push n Shove”, T. Fuller, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
2003 “Davis Birks”, Haus der Kunst, Guadalajara, Mexico
2003 “Die Signale”, Klosterruine Rüeggisberg, Switzerland
2002 “Distribución de Cargas”, Galería Nina Menocal, Mexico City, Mexico
2002 “Himnos Hallados”, Exconvento del Carmen, Guadalajara, Mexico
2002 “Now”, Galería Fuller, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
2001 “Davis Birks”, Haus der Kunst, Guadalajara, México
2001 “Scrabble” Galería Fuller, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
2000 “Inside-Out”, Colegio de Arquitectos, Guadalajara, Mexico
1999 “ZimmerAxx”, Oberbutschel, Bern, Switzerland
1998 “Alimentando la Obsesión”, Museo de Las Artes, Guadalajara, Mexico
1997 “Juegos del Poder”, Exconvento Del Carmen, Guadalajara, Mexico
1996 “Motivos Confesados”, Galería Oscar Roman, Mexico City, Mexico
1994 “Al Borde Visceral”, Museo De La Ciudad, Guadalajara, Mexico
1993 “Conversaciones en el Sigo 21” Galería Jorge Alvarez, Guadalajara, Mexico
1992 “Davis Birks”, Lowe Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA
1987 “Davis Birks”, Galería de Arte Moderno, Guadalajara, Mexico

Cultural Activities: groups/lectures/panels/events
2017 Artist Talk: “Behind the Scenes: the development of contemporary art in Guadalajara”, OPC, Puerto                     Vallarta, Mexico
2017 Advisory Board: Instituto Vallartense de Cultura
2016 Conference: 26th International Sculpture Conference: Sculpture in Context: Tradition and Innovation: A               discussion regarding the co-produced workshop “Transitable: The Search for Meaningful Meaning”,                     Claudia Rodríguez, Pittsburgh, PA
2016 Artist Talk: Contemporary Archaeology: Untold Stories, Oficina de Proyectos Culturales, Puerto                            Vallarta, Mexico
2016 Board Member: Universidad de Guadalajara Centro Universitario de la Costa Consulting Committee                    for Visual Art Degrees
2016 Co-Producer for workshop: “Transitable: The Search for Meaningful Meaning”, Escuela de los                              Comunes, Museo de Arte de Zapopan, Zapopan, Mexico
2015 Workshop panel: “Foro Cultural, Puerto Vallarta”
2015 Docent Lecture: “Analysis of Blackboard No. 10 and the work of Davis Birks”, Mary Winder, Santa
          Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
2015 Artist Lecture: “Cucaracha y Fuego: Punto de Partido”, Centro Universitario de la Costa, Puerto
          Vallarta, Mexico
2015 Co-Producer: “Changarito: 10 años”, OPC, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
2014 Producer: “Paradise in Process”, Oficina de Proyectos Culturales, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
2014 Founding member: Oficina de Proyectos Culturales, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
2011 Planning Committee: exhibition “Now or Never”, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
2008-2015 Board Member: “ProMuseo” for the implementation of cultural projects in Puerto Vallarta
2008 Planning Committee: “PV Arte Contemporáneo”, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
2007 Artist Talk: “A Discussion on Selected Works” with Rafael Parea, University of California, Santa                            Barbara
2004 Juror: Artist Grants program, Secretary of Culture, State of Jalisco, Mexico
2003 Artist Lecture: “Conferencias Encuentros Creativos: Tendencias desde los 60”, Instituto Cultural
          Cabañas, Guadalajra, Mexico
2003 Artist Lecture: “Conferencias Encuentros Creativos: Tendencias desde los 60”, Instituto Cultural
          Cabañas, Guadalajra, Mexico
1998 Panelist: “The Value of the Contemporary Art Program at El Museo de Las Artes”, Guadalajara, Mexico
1993 Artist Talk: “Fruitful Friction”, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Awards and Fellowships
2006 Fellowship: Vermont Studio Center Residency
2001 “Omnilife Gran Premio” for sculpture, Guadalajara, Mexico

Publications
2017 Catalog: Art + Money, exhibition, Institute for Humanities Research, Arizona State
2015 Contemporary Art in Mexico: Gallery, Museums and Alternative Spaces (site specific image from the                    exhibition "Davis Birks: 
          Paradise in Process", Oficina de Proyectos Culturales, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, 2014)
2014 Catalog: “Heavenly Bodies”, the Santa Barbara Art Museum, Santa Barbara, CA
2012 “The Ought to Be and Unavoidable Reality”, Arte Al Límite, January-February, 2012, María Fernanda
         Reyes Retana
2011 “Davis Birks”, Arte al Día, February-March: 2008, Edwin Treitler
2008 “Puerto Vallarta is Not Just for Tourists, it’s for Artists Too”, LA Times, June 4, 2008, Reed Johnson
2003 “Davis Birks at Nina Menocal-Mexico City”, Art in America, November 2003, John Villani
1998 Catalog: “Alimentando la Obsesión”, Museo de las Artes, Guadalajara
1994: “Un Artista Postmoderno en Guadalajra: Davis Birks”, El Proceso, May 5, 1994, Raquel Tibol

Teaching Experience
2014-2017 public tours: exhibitions at “Oficina de Proyectos Culturales”, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
1992-1998 workshops: painting, drawing and contemporary art, Guadalajara, Mexico

Collections
Instituto Cultural Cabañas, Guadalajara, Mexico
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, USA
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA
Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, USA
Museum of Fine Arts, Guadalajara, Mexico
Museo de Arte Contémporaneo Alfredo Zalce, Michoacán, Mexico
Casa de la Culutura Alfonso Michel, Colima, Mexico
Instituto de Cultura, Morelos, Mexico
Secretaria de Cultura del Distrito Federal, Mexico
Pinoteca Diego Rivera, Veracruz, Mexico
Casa de la Cultura de Baja California Sur, Mexico
Dimitris Gigourtakis Collection, Athens
Karen and Robert Duncan Collection, USA
Kathy and Marc LeBaron Collection, USA


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