* 1972, Mexico City
The work of Jerónimo López Ramírez, better known as Dr. Lakra, is characterized by irreverent and provocative images that transgress established norms, leaving the viewer teetering between attraction and repulsion. While he is best known for his drawings and paintings on appropriated posters, erotic magazines, and postcards, his practice encompasses mural painting, collage and sculpture. Through these different mediums he explores his interests in anthropology and ethnography, documenting 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 essential aspect of his practice. His compositions combine historical references and contemporary images, incorporating quotes from popular culture and intermingling them with diverse religious and social iconographies.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. Dr. Lakra dismantles and subverts dominant ideologies to question what is considered civilized or barbaric, correct or incorrect, “high” or “folk” art.
Dr. Lakra joined the Taller de los Viernes from 1988 to 1991, where he began exploring painting, drawing and collage. His most important exhibitions include: Dr. Lakra, Akvarelle Museet, Skarhamm, Sweden (2015); Dr. Lakra and Toño Camuñas, Museo de los Pintores MUPO, Oaxaca, Mexico (2014); Mexican Demons and Dancing Skeletons: Dr. Lakra in dialogue with Posada, Hostelbro Kunstmuseum, Hostelbro, Denmark (2012); Dr. Lakra, Museo de la Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico City (2011); Dr. Lakra, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey MARCO, Mexico (2011); Dr. Lakra, Museo Amparo, Publa, Mexico (2011); Dr. Lakra, The Drawing Center, New York, United States (2011); Los dos amigos, Dr. Lakra & Abraham Cruzvillegas, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Oaxaca MACO, Mexico (2005); Dr. Lakra, Kunsthaus Tacheles, Berlin, Germany (1993). He has participated in group exhibitions at the following institutions: The Barbican, London, United Kingdom (2015); The Brandts-Museum of Art and Visual Culture, Odense, Denmark (2014); Quai Branly Museum, Paris, France (2014); Museo Nacional de Arte, Guadalajara, Mexico (2014); Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City, Mexico (2013); Nordiska Akvarellmuseet, Skärhamn, Sweden (2012); Centro de las Artes San Agustín Etla, Oaxaca, Mexico (2011); Manila Contemporary, Makati, Phillippines (2010); Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego, United States (2010); Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico City, Mexico (2010); FLAG Art Foundation, New York, United States (2010); Museau da Cidade, Lisbon, Portugal (2009); The Alameda National Center, San Antonio, United States (2008); Yokahama Museum of Art, Yokahama, Japan (2007); Museum of Modern Art MoMA, New York, United States (2007); Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, United States (2007); Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, Denmark (2007), among others.
Dr. Lakra currently lives and works in Oaxaca, Mexico.