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dr. lakra

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 His compositions combine historical references and contemporary images, incorporating quotes from popular culture, interwoven with religious and social iconographies.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.

Selected Works

Selected Works Thumbnails

untitled (autopsia), 2005

ink on vintage magazine

11.81 x 16.54 in.

 

untitled (mi raza), 2007
ink on vintage magazine
9.61 x 9.61 in.

 

 

la crema de la almendra, 2012
ink and watercolor on vintage advertisement
14.17 x 11.02 in.

 

 

untitled (cupido lupita), 2006
tatooed plastic doll
12.6 x 7.48 x 2.95 in.

 

 

untitled (las tres gracias), 2006

set of 3, ink on vintage magazine

925 x 6.69 in.

 

untitled (family matters), 2012

ink on vintage postcard

5.35 x 3.43 in.

 

untitled (pareja bordando y leyendo), 2006

ink on vintage postcard

3.54 x 5.51 in.

 

untitled (niña vampiro con sombrero), 2007

ink on vintage magazine

7.68 x 9.65 in.

 

sin título / untitled (sillón rojo), 2004

ink on vintage magazine

13.19 x 9.84 in.

 

untitled (elle wood), 2007

ink on vintage magazine

7.01 x 9.84 in.

 

untitled (mujer con gorila), 2004

ink on vintage magazine

8.35 x 9.25 in.

untitled (mano odio), 2005

ink tattoo on plastic hand

1.89 x 7.28 x 3.43 in.

 

untitled (todo/nada), 2009

ink on vintage lithography

7.09 x 4.33 in.

untitled, 2008

ink on vintage lithograph

7.09 x 4.33 in.

 

untitled (tres señores con bigote), 2007

ink on lithograph

13.98 x 8.86 and 13.98 x 8.46 in.

 

untitled (X8 controla), 2005

ink on paper

11.02 x 9.25 in.

 

sin título / untitled (el halcón), 2005

ink on poster

21.65 x 15.75 in.

untitled (la familia), 2007

ink on vintage magazine

12.01 x 8.66 in.

untitled (para ti), 2007

ink on vintage magazine

11.61 x 9.06 in.

untitled (zorro), 2010

ink on vintage lithograph

11.89 x 9.02 in.

 

untitled (el pueblo enardecido), 2011
rabbit glue, vinyl, acrylic and gouache on paper
71.85 x 98.62 in.

 

 

untitled (apareció sin vida), 2011

rabbit glue, vinyl, acrylic and gouache on paper

109.06 x 51.18 in.

 

untitled (mía o de nadie...y que la ahorca), 2011

rabbit glue, vinyl, acrylic and gouache on paper

52.95 x 76.57 in.

 

untitled (el pueblo enardecido), 2011

rabbit glue, vinyl, acrylic and gouache on paper

71.85 x 98.62 in.

 

 

untitled (pescando), 2005

ink on vintage magazine

4.25 x 5.39 in.

 

untitled (pajaros), 2005

ink on vintage magazine

5.51 x 5.51 in.

 

untitled (quiet retreat), 2008

ink on vintage magazine

5.43 x 5.12 in.

untitled (senador eugenio prado), 2006

water color, acrylic and pencil on vintage magazine

15.16 x 11.22 in.

 

untitled (fondo flores plateadas), 2007

dried insects on photo-relief portrait on wood

10.63  x 8.27 x 1.77 in.

 

untitled (corbata puntos blancos), 2007

dried insect on photo-relief portrait on wood

13.7 x 8.07 x 5.75 in.

 

untitled (arcimboldo V), 2010

cuttings collaged on vintage book page

12.6 x 9.06 in.

 

untitled (nalgas), 2003

ink on vintage magazine

9.25 x 12.2 in.

 

untitled (anciano con cuchillo), 2007

ink on japanese ukiyo-e

 

13.94 x 9.65 in.

 

untitled (shunga VIII), 2009

ink and acrylic on japanes ukiyo-e print

 

14.57 x 9.84 in.

 

untitled (hiroshima tomonohira take-emon), 2007

pigment on japanese woodblock print (ukiyo-e)

 

13.83 x 9.21 in.

 

untitled (shunga IV), 2007

ink and acrylic on japanese ukiyo-e print

 

9.65 x 6.54 in.

 

untitled (a rastras), 2007

ink on cotton paper

22.24 x 30.12 in.

 

 

untitled (alma), 2007
gouache, acrylic, watercolor on japanese paper
76.38 x 73.82 in.

 

 

untitled (mujer con serpientes), 2009
natural black pigment on vintage magazine
11.57 x 9.25 in.

 

 

untitled (mujer sin rostro), 2009

natural black pigment on vintage magazine

 

11.57 x 9.25 in.

 

untitled (mujer dormida), 2009
ink on paper

12.01 x 9.37 in.

 

 

untitled (salomé), 2013-2014

ink on vintage magazine

 

13.39 x 9.65 in.

 

untitled (melancolía), 2013-2014

ink on vintage magazine

 

12.6 x 8.82 in.

 

untitled (buddha's dreams), 2015

ink and pigments on paper

 

72.05 x 105.51 in.

 

untitled (autopsia), 2005

ink on vintage magazine

11.81 x 16.54 in.

 

untitled (mi raza), 2007
ink on vintage magazine
9.61 x 9.61 in.

 

 

la crema de la almendra, 2012
ink and watercolor on vintage advertisement
14.17 x 11.02 in.

 

 

untitled (cupido lupita), 2006
tatooed plastic doll
12.6 x 7.48 x 2.95 in.

 

 

untitled (las tres gracias), 2006

set of 3, ink on vintage magazine

925 x 6.69 in.

 

untitled (family matters), 2012

ink on vintage postcard

5.35 x 3.43 in.

 

untitled (pareja bordando y leyendo), 2006

ink on vintage postcard

3.54 x 5.51 in.

 

untitled (niña vampiro con sombrero), 2007

ink on vintage magazine

7.68 x 9.65 in.

 

sin título / untitled (sillón rojo), 2004

ink on vintage magazine

13.19 x 9.84 in.

 

untitled (elle wood), 2007

ink on vintage magazine

7.01 x 9.84 in.

 

untitled (mujer con gorila), 2004

ink on vintage magazine

8.35 x 9.25 in.

untitled (mano odio), 2005

ink tattoo on plastic hand

1.89 x 7.28 x 3.43 in.

 

untitled (todo/nada), 2009

ink on vintage lithography

7.09 x 4.33 in.

untitled, 2008

ink on vintage lithograph

7.09 x 4.33 in.

 

untitled (tres señores con bigote), 2007

ink on lithograph

13.98 x 8.86 and 13.98 x 8.46 in.

 

untitled (X8 controla), 2005

ink on paper

11.02 x 9.25 in.

 

sin título / untitled (el halcón), 2005

ink on poster

21.65 x 15.75 in.

untitled (la familia), 2007

ink on vintage magazine

12.01 x 8.66 in.

untitled (para ti), 2007

ink on vintage magazine

11.61 x 9.06 in.

untitled (zorro), 2010

ink on vintage lithograph

11.89 x 9.02 in.

 

untitled (el pueblo enardecido), 2011
rabbit glue, vinyl, acrylic and gouache on paper
71.85 x 98.62 in.

 

 

untitled (apareció sin vida), 2011

rabbit glue, vinyl, acrylic and gouache on paper

109.06 x 51.18 in.

 

untitled (mía o de nadie...y que la ahorca), 2011

rabbit glue, vinyl, acrylic and gouache on paper

52.95 x 76.57 in.

 

untitled (el pueblo enardecido), 2011

rabbit glue, vinyl, acrylic and gouache on paper

71.85 x 98.62 in.

 

 

untitled (pescando), 2005

ink on vintage magazine

4.25 x 5.39 in.

 

untitled (pajaros), 2005

ink on vintage magazine

5.51 x 5.51 in.

 

untitled (quiet retreat), 2008

ink on vintage magazine

5.43 x 5.12 in.

untitled (senador eugenio prado), 2006

water color, acrylic and pencil on vintage magazine

15.16 x 11.22 in.

 

untitled (fondo flores plateadas), 2007

dried insects on photo-relief portrait on wood

10.63  x 8.27 x 1.77 in.

 

untitled (corbata puntos blancos), 2007

dried insect on photo-relief portrait on wood

13.7 x 8.07 x 5.75 in.

 

untitled (arcimboldo V), 2010

cuttings collaged on vintage book page

12.6 x 9.06 in.

 

untitled (nalgas), 2003

ink on vintage magazine

9.25 x 12.2 in.

 

untitled (anciano con cuchillo), 2007

ink on japanese ukiyo-e

 

13.94 x 9.65 in.

 

untitled (shunga VIII), 2009

ink and acrylic on japanes ukiyo-e print

 

14.57 x 9.84 in.

 

untitled (hiroshima tomonohira take-emon), 2007

pigment on japanese woodblock print (ukiyo-e)

 

13.83 x 9.21 in.

 

untitled (shunga IV), 2007

ink and acrylic on japanese ukiyo-e print

 

9.65 x 6.54 in.

 

untitled (a rastras), 2007

ink on cotton paper

22.24 x 30.12 in.

 

 

untitled (alma), 2007
gouache, acrylic, watercolor on japanese paper
76.38 x 73.82 in.

 

 

untitled (mujer con serpientes), 2009
natural black pigment on vintage magazine
11.57 x 9.25 in.

 

 

untitled (mujer sin rostro), 2009

natural black pigment on vintage magazine

 

11.57 x 9.25 in.

 

untitled (mujer dormida), 2009
ink on paper

12.01 x 9.37 in.

 

 

untitled (salomé), 2013-2014

ink on vintage magazine

 

13.39 x 9.65 in.

 

untitled (melancolía), 2013-2014

ink on vintage magazine

 

12.6 x 8.82 in.

 

untitled (buddha's dreams), 2015

ink and pigments on paper

 

72.05 x 105.51 in.

 

notable solo exhibitions

notable solo exhibitions

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.

selected group exhibitions and biennials


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.

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