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 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 His compositions combine historical references and contemporary images, incorporating quotes from popular culture, interwoven with religious and social iconographies. The way he juxtaposes and refashions these various elements reveals a deep 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 Gabriel Orozco’s workshop Taller de los viernes from 1988 to 1991, where he began exploring painting, drawing and collage.
Dr. Lakra lives and works in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Major recent solo exhibitions include: Diario de Viaje, Instituto de Artes Gráficas de Oaxaca (IAGO), Mexico (2019); Dr. Lakra - Yurugu, Museo de la Ciudad - Querétaro, Mexico, (2018); Dr. Lakra, MATE- Museo Mario Testino, Lima, Peru (2016); Dr. Lakra, Nordiska Akvarellmuseet, Skärhamn, Sweden (2015); Dr. Lakra and Toño Camuñas, MUPO- Museo de los Pintores Oaxaqueños, Oaxaca, Mexico (2014); Mexican Demons and Dancing Skeletons: Dr. Lakra in dialogue with Posada, Hostelbro Kunstmuseum, Denmark (2012); Dr. Lakra, Museo de la Ciudad de México, Mexico City (2011); Dr. Lakra, MARCO- Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, Mexico (2011); Dr. Lakra, Museo Amparo, Puebla, Mexico (2011); Dr. Lakra, The Drawing Center, New York (2011); Los dos amigos, Dr. Lakra & Abraham Cruzvillegas, MACO- Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca, Mexico (2005); Dr. Lakra, Kunsthaus Tacheles, Berlin (1993), among others.
He has participated in numerous group exhibitions, such as: Tattoos: L’art du tatouage derrière les barreaux, Musée Du Quai Branly Jacques Chirac, Paris (2018); Ritual. Identity. Obsession, ROM- Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada (2016); Caleidoscopio y Rompecabezas. Latinoamérica en la Colección MUSAC, CAAM Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain (2016); Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector, Barbican Centre, London (2015); Degrees of Freedom, MAMbo - Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, Italy (2015); Punxdefektuozoz. Work in progress, MWW Muzeum Wspóczesne Wrocaw, Poland (2015); Tattoo – From Maritime Heroes to World Art, Brandts Odense, Denmark (2014); Tatoueurs, tatoués, Musée du quai Branly, Paris (2014); Poetry and Politics, Nordiska Akvarellmuseet, Skärhamn, Sweden (2012); Painting with a Hammer to Nail the Crotch of Civilization: A Group Show of Wall Works and Tattoo Imagery, Manila Contemporary, Makati, Philippines (2010); Size DOES Matter, The FLAG Art Foundation, New York (2010); Desenhos (drawings): a-z, Museu de Lisboa, Portugal (2009); Goth: Reality of The Departed World, Yokohama Museum of Art, Japan (2007); Wunderkammer: A Century of Curiosities, MoMA, New York (2007); Escultura Social: A New Generation of Art from Mexico City, MCA- The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, United States (2007); The Alameda, National Center of Latino Arts and Culture, San Antonio, United States (2008); Mad Love, Arken Museum of Modern Art, Skovvej, Denmark (2007), among others.