Cindy Santos Bravo (b. 1978) is a San Diego-based interdisciplinary artist. Bravo explores the language of the peripheral and outsider experience by repurposing the dualistic experiences created when forming identity. Working in a variety of formats, she has orchestrated exchanges involving music and dance practitioners, collaborated on sculptural designs with custom boot makers in Mexico, installed wall scale paintings that consider the mastery of hand-painted rotulo sign-makers, as well as videos documenting queer and outsider identities.
Her most recent installation, The Distinctions Remain, the act of forced negotiation is the frozen quality of the disavowal examined by Gilles Deleuze as, “the point of departure of 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.” Bravo runs in parallel with tactics that inform hostage negotiation, social psychology, and psychotherapy in order to examine the will of liberation. Her latest object-based piece is a handmade calendar titled 365/24/7, where the thoughts of Zen masters, writers, philosophers, and martyrs appear as daily affirmations offering commentary on behavioral practices of (non)conformity.
Bravo grew up in Dallas, Texas, received her BA in Painting and Drawing at the University of Dallas, and received her MFA in the Program of Art at 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 Inbetween (2012) Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, Massachusetts; Ejercicio del Diálogo #1, Casa Vecina, Mexico City, and she recently developed new work in the artist-in-residence program at the San Diego Art Institute in the Fall of 2015.