DR LAKRA

education

Born in 1972 in Mexico
Lives and works in Oaxaca, Mexico 

solo shows

2015
- "Dr. Lakra", Akvarelle Museet, Skarhamm, Sweden

2012
- Dr. Lakra, Kate MacGarry, London
- Mexican Demons and Dancing Skeletons: Dr. Lakra in dialogue with Posada, Hostelbro Kunstmuseum, Hostelbro
- D. Lakra, Nils Staerk Gallery, Copenhagen
- The Small Collections Room, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham

2011
- Dr. Lakra, Museo de la ciudad de Mexico, Mexico City
- Dr. Lakra, Marco Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey, Monterrey
- Dr. Lakra, The Drawing Center, New York
- Dr. Lakra, Museo Amparo, Puebla

2010
- Dr. Lakra, ICA Boston

2009
- Dr. Lakra, Kate MacGarry, London
- Dr. Lakra, kurimanzutto, Mexico City

2006
- Dr. Lakra, Kate MacGarry

2005
- Los Dos Amigos, Dr. Lakra & Abraham Cruzvillegas, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca (MACO), Mexico

2003  
- Dr. Lakra, Kate MacGarry, London

1998
- Dr. Lakra, Juárez 65, Mexico City

1993
- Dr. Lakra, Kunsthaus Tacheles, Berlin

1991
- Dr. Lakra, Café Primo, Berlin

1990
- Dr. Lakra, Galería Caracas, Berlin

1989
- Dr. Lakra, Galería El Juglar, Mexico City, Mexico

group shows

2015
- Shifting Sands: Hybrid Rituals & Symbols in Contemporary Culture, An exhibition of works by Serena Korda and Dr. Lakra, Modern Art Oxford, UK
- Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector, The Barbican, London

2014
- Dr. Lakra and Tuno Camunas, Museo de los Pintores MUPO, Oxaca, Mexico

2013
- Ukiyo-e: Imagenes del mundo flotante, Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil (MACG), Mexico City
- Futbol, Arte y Pasion, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey (MARCO), Monterrey

2012
- Poetry and Politics – Watercolours and Animations, The Nordic Watercolour Museum/nordiska akvarellmuseet, Skärhamn, Sweden

2011
- Viceversa, nuevos estados de animo, Museo de los pintores Oaxaqueños (MUPO), Oaxaca
- MACO Oaxaca, Centro de la Artes San Agustin Etla, Oaxaca
- Makeup, A Palazzo Gallery, Brescia
- As Long As It Lasts…, Arratia Beer Gallery, Berlin

2009
- Corpus Aeternum, Centro Fotografico Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Oaxaca
- La invenvion de lo cotidiano, Coleccion/Fundacion Jumex, Mexico City
- Desenhos (drawings): a-z, Museau da cidade, Lisbon
- 2nd Trienal Poli/Grafica de San Juan, Puerto Rico
- Modern Ruins, Kate MacGarry
- Strike a pose, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London

2008
- Inaugural Exhibition, kurimanzutto, Mexico City
- Martian Museum of Terrestrial Art, Barbican Art Gallery
- Escultura Social: A New Generation of Art from Mexico City, The Alameda National Center, San Antonio, USA

2007
- Goth: Reality of The Departed World, Yokohama Museum of Art, Japan
- Wunderkammer: A Century of Curiosities, Museum of Modern Art, New York
- La Planta, Arte Contemporaneo Omnilife, Guadalajara, Mexico
- Feral Kingdom, CCA Center for Contemporary Art Glasgow
- Cuestión Xeracional/ Generational Issue, Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
- Mad Love, Museum of ModernArt, Copenhagen
- Escultura Social: A New Generation of Art from Mexico City, Museum of Contemporary art, Chicago
- Hammer Contemporary Collection, Hammer Museum, Los angeles

2006
- Spank The Monkey, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead
- I’m Sorry, Pilar Parra & Romero, Madrid
- I Love My Country but I Think We Should Start Seeing Other People, Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco

2005
- Words: The formal Presence of Text in Modern and Contemporary Works on Paper, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York
- Mexico 70, Casa del Lago, Mexico City
- The Urban Edge Show, Milan
- Girls on Film, Zwirner & Wirth, New York

2004
- Pin-Up: Contemporary Collage & Drawing (with Sebastian Bremer, Matt Bryans, Amie Dicke, Wangechi - Mutu, Jochum Nordström, Steven Shearer, Godfried Donkor and Nicole Wermers), Tate Modern, London
- Equation du Solelil Noir, Peinture Contemporaine du Mexique (curated by Guillermo Santamaria), Instituto de México à Paris, Paris
- Deliver Us from Evil, (with Honore Daumier, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Robert Crumb, Keegan McHargue) Matthew Marks Gallery, New York

2003
- Elephant Juice, Kurimanzutto, Mexico

2000
- kurimanzutto @ Galerie Chantel Crousel, Paris
- Stolen Bike, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York

1999
- Art and Idea, Mexico City
- La Luz de Jesus, The Drawing Collective, Los Angeles

1998
- Camuñas Family, Purgatorio 2, Valencia, Spain
- Festimad, Círculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid

1996
- Festimad, Círculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid
- La Feria del Rebelde, La Panadería, Mexico City
- No Soy Fotógrafo, La Panadería, Mexico City

1995
- Pierced Hearts and True Love; a Century of Drawings for Tattoos,
- The Drawing Centre, New York

1994
- Mutant Messenger, Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago
- Grap a Bag, Museum of Art Chicago

1993
- Auslanders in Berlin, Kunsthaus Tachesles, Berlin

1991
- Aire Fresco en el Verano del Amor, Divisiónarte, Mexico City

1990
- Ya, Juventud, Ya, La Quiñonera, Mexico City
- Euritmia en el Tenderero, Puente de Piedra 19, Mexico City

Publications

2010
Abaroa, Eduardo; Gabriel Orozco and Pedro Alonzo, Dr. Lakra, kurimanzutto + RM, Mexico, 2010

2009
O’Reilly, Sally, Frieze Art Fair Yearbook 2009-10, Frieze, London 2009
Cruzvillegas, Abraham, Dr. Lakra, Health and Efficiency, Editorial RM, Mexico City 2009

2007
Goth: Reality of the Departed World, Yokohama Museum of Art, Tokyo, 2007
Viva la Muerte, Kunsthalle Wien, 2007
Cuestión Xeracional/ Generational Issue, exhibition catalogue, Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, Xunta de Galicia, 2007
Escultura Social: A New Generation of Art from Mexico City, exhibition catalogue, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago/ Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2007

2006
Cruzvillegas, Abraham and Dr. Lakra, Abraham Cruzvillegas & Dr Lakra: Los Dos Amigos, kurimanzutto, A&R Press, Mexico, 2006

2005
Dexter, Emma, Vitamin D: New Perspectives in Drawing, Phaidon Press, 2005

2004
La Panaderia, edited by Yoshua Okon, essays by Carlo McCormick, Cuauhtémoc Medina, and Eduardo Abaroa, Guillermo Fandanelli; introduction by Miguel Calderón; TURNER, 2004

2003
Santamarina, Guillermo, Equation Du Soleil Noir: Peinture Contemporaine Du Mexique, Instituto de Mexico a Paris, 2003


Selected Press

2012
“Dr. Lakra,” El Fanzine, July 2012

2011
“Dr. Lakra entre lo vulgar y maravilloso: Pedro Alonzo,” Milenio.com, 8 December 2011
Ventura, Abida, “Historia de arte, a traves de tatuajes del Dr. Lakra,” Eluniversal.mx, 11 December 2011
“Dr. Lakra, Museo de la Ciudad, Mexico City,” Taxiartmagazine.com, 5 December 2011
“Dr. Lakra en el Museo de la Ciudad de Mexico,” Juxtapoz.com, 1 November 2011
“Dr. Lakra en el Museo de la Ciudad,” Farenheitmagazine.com, 2011
Kino, Carol, “A Tattoo Master off the Street and into the Gallery,” The New York Times, 27 March 2011
Lopez Zambrano, Paula, “Entrevista a Dr. Lakra,” Revistacodigo.com, 2011

2010
Smith, Roberta, “Dr. Lakra,” New York Times (NYTimes.com), 11-17 April 2010
Rose, Carol, “On pins and needles defending artistic expression,” The Boston Globe (Boston.com), 8 April 2010
“Dr. Lakra a Flor de Piel,” Lamono, Number 26, April 2010
Uriain, Eumir, “Un diagnostico del Dr. Lakra,” Spot, September 2010
Neelon, Caleb, “Dr. Lakra,” Juxtapoz, August 2010
Berstein, Nils, “Slide Show: Dr. Lakra Applies an Ink Gun to Mexico’s Cultural Heritage,” Vanity Fair, 12 April 2010
“Dr. Lakra en el Institute of Contemporary Art de Boston,” Spot, June 2010

2009
Berlanga, Jessica, “Dr. Lakra,” Artforum, December 2009
“Dr. Lakra, This Is Tomorrow,” Contemporary Art Magazine, November 2009
Christen, Camilo, “ El Doctor Voyuerista,” Gatopardo, November 2009
“Dr. Lakra: Health and Efficiency,” Planet Magazine Blog, 19 June 2009
Cid De Leon, Oscar, “ Halla Lakra morbo en fotos natursitas,” Reforma, 13 June 2009
Cordero, Patricia, “ Dr. Lakra invita a espiar el cuerpo,” Excelsior, 19 May 2009
Mackenzie, Florence, “ Modern Ruins,” Frieze, Number 121, March 2009

2008
Loyola, Bernardo, “Dr Lakra has a Tattoo of a Demon Peeing on Jesus Face,” Vice, November 2008, 100-2
Sanchez, Luis Carlos, “ El Dr. Lakra interviene la galleria Border,” Excelsior, 25 September 2008
Smith, Roberta, “Wunderkammer: A Century of Curiosities,” The New York Times, 21 August 2008
Liddel, CB, “ Goths mark their territory in the Art World,” The Herald, January 2008

2007
“Dr Lakra,” Tank Magazine, Winter 2007

2006
O’Reilly, Sally, “Dr Lakra,” Art Review, Sept 2006, 135

2005
Parker, Eric, “On The Cover: Eric Parker on Dr Lakra,” BOMB, N. 94 The Ameritas Issue: Mexico and the Gula, Winter 2005-6
Maillard, Tatiana, “Tatuana, sin freno,” La Revista, El Universal, Number 53, 28 February 2005
Oriard, Andres, “Mexico 70,” Exit Magazine, Number 11, April 2005
Harrison, Sara, “Pin-Up: Contemporary Collage and Drawing,” Art Monthly, February 2005

2004
McMaster, Mary, “Dr Lakra, único mexicano en Pin-up: Contemporary Collage and Drawing,” La Jornada, 27 December, 2004
Cripps, Charlotte, “Arts Preview: Work at the cutting edge; Tate Modern is holding its first exhibition devoted to collage and drawing,” The Independent, 2 December 2004
Graham-Dixon, Andrew, “All stuck and scribbled,” The Sunday Telegraph, 19 December 2004
“Dr Lakra,” Graphic Magazine, Dec 2004
Schwendener, Martha, “Deliver Us From Evil,” Artforum, August 2004
Wolinsky, Michal, “Gabinet Dr. Lakry,” Fluid Magazine, Number 45
Sirgado, Miguel A., “Deliver Us from Evil: dibujos de otra inocencia,” El Nuevo Herald, 29 August 2004
Osorno, Guillermo, “Dr. Lakra: de piel al papel,” Revista DF, Number 25, 1-14 September 2004
I.W., “Bale Emballe,” Beaux Arts Magazine, Number 246, August 2004
Lorch, Catrin, “Komme Zu Dr. Lakra,” Kunstmarkt, 19 June 2004
Mascarua. Sara, “El otro lado del Dr. Lakra,” Diario Monitor, 9 June 2004

2003
Saltz, Jerry, “After Shock,” The Village Voice, 31 Oct 2003
Goumal, Anna, “Dr Lakra,” Dazed and Confused, Nov 2003
“Through the eye of a Needle,” Big Issue, Oct 2003
“Dr Lakra,” Guardian Guide, Sept 2003

1998
Saenz, Jorge Luis, “Bestiario criminal del Jeronimo,” El Universal, 5 August 1998
Dr Lakra has worked as a tattoo artist all over the world: México, D.F., Cuernavaca, Guadalajara, Puerto Escondido, Puebla, Oaxaca, Tijuana, San Cristobal de las Casas, Los Angeles, Lancaster, San Francisco, Sacramento, Berlin, Madrid, London, Valencia, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Manila, Bagio City, Bontok, Hong Kong, Bowkok, Chiang Mai, Chiam Rai Pai, Cagada.

Dr Lakra is a tattoo artist living and working near Mexico City. In his parallel activities here, however, Dr Lakra transfers his draughtsmanship onto the idealised figures in 50’s Mexican magazines. Pin-up girls, wrestlers, beauties and cuties are tattooed and 'enhanced' in ink with bats, demons, spiders and the faces of pouting vixens. Like pertinent graffiti, the relative innocence of another era is politicised and the images are infused with a relish for the diabolical. Beautification or social identification, the works are a carnival of the grotesque. Kitschy erotica, ancient ritual, and hallucinogenic visions are fused in a collage of ideologies.


Dr. Lakra’s work is characterized by irreverent and provocative images that transgress established norms and leave the viewer teetering between attraction and repulsion. His practice includes drawing and mural painting as well as tattoo, collage, and sculpture. His compositions are exquisite corpses of historical references and contemporary images, incorporating quotes from popular culture and intermingling them with diverse religious and social iconographies. The way he juxtaposes and refashions these various elements reveals a profound understanding of art history, as well as a subversive sense of humor. Grotesque physical deformity coexists with sensuality and eroticism in pieces that combine aspects of life, death, and desire.
While Dr. Lakra is best known for his drawings and paintings on appropriated posters, erotic magazines, and postcards, this exhibition focuses in large part on his sculptures. Informed by his interest in tattoo and subsequent studies in anthropology and ethnography, these sculptures display his fascination with the taboos, fetishes, myths and rituals of different cultures.
An avid collector of diverse objects, Lakra views the search for materials and images as an extension of his work. In his case, collecting is also a way of constructing a language from the curiosities that populate his studio – a language made up of books, magazines, plastic dolls, and dried insects. Flea markets and garage sales yield unexpected encounters with many of the artifacts that are currently on display at Kurimanzutto. Sculpted in wax and cast in bronze, these totemic amalgamations of objects and artifacts function as contemporary idols: evidence of a modern mythology transmitted through movies, comics, books, and television.