Cindy Santos Bravo (b. 1978) is a San Diego-based interdisciplinary artist and educator. Bravo explores the language of the peripheral and is rooted in the philosophy that identity is in constant formation and awareness to the fluctuations enables the emergent experiences to deepen one’s purpose in life. Unrestricted by media, she has orchestrated exchanges involving music and dance practitioners, collaborated on sculptural designs with custom boot makers in Mexico, designed wall scale paintings with the influence of master rotulo producers, as well as constructed videos addressing introspection, meditation, and persistence.
Bravo’s most recent installation, The Distinctions Remain, delves into the act of forced negotiations and the frozen quality of the disavowal examined by Gilles Deleuze as, “an operation that consists neither in negating nor even destroying, but rather in radically contesting the validity of that which is: it suspends belief in and neutralizes the given in such a way that a new horizon opens up beyond the given and in place of it.” In order to examine the will for liberation, Bravo’s research parallels Deleuze’s theory with hostage negotiations tactics, social psychology, and psychotherapy practices. Bravo continued the conversation upon creating a handmade daily calendar titled 365/24/7. The thoughts of Zen masters, writers, philosophers, and martyrs appeared as daily affirmations offering commentary on behavioral practices of (non)conformity amongst the tension of the 2016 US Presidential Election.
Bravo grew up in Dallas, Texas where she received her BA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Dallas, and went on to receive her MFA in the Program of Art at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in 2006. Bravo’s work has been selected to show in international and national group exhibitions in Goods to Declare in Tel Aviv, Israel (2006); two Mexicali Biennials (2006 and 2013) in Mexicali and Monterrey, Mexico; Here, There, and Beyond (2010) Dallas Contemporary in Dallas, Texas; Unpopular In Between (2012) Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, Massachusetts; Ejercicio del Diálogo #1, Casa Vecina, Mexico City; and her work was recently selected for a group exhibition in Mexico City at Museo del Arte Carrillo Gil.