Thank You! 2019

2019 was a great year! The “Year of Chavo” included 11 exhibits & 9 pieces sold (8 of which are featured below). Thanks to all who came out for the shows. It means more to me than I can adequately express.

As always– all my love & gratitude to Joan Emerson for her unwavering encouragement, patience & belief in me .

I would like to extend a debt of gratitude to the following for their support which has been validating.

Hannah Litvan at Ice House Gallery.

Russell Dammers at Parlour & Ramp

Monika Plioplyte at Alulu Brewery & Pub.


Alma Dominguez, J. Omar Magana, Fernando Aburto at Open Center for the Arts.

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Gretchen Hasse at Agitator Gallery.

Matt Witt at Wake Up Screaming E-Magazine.

Kristy Bowen at Columbia College.

Helen Hanowsky & Amanda Zagloba at Harold Washington Library.

Chicago has a vibrant & inspiring art scene. I am proud & honored to be a participant.

Time to welcome 2020!

Harold Washington Library Exhibition

I am deeply honored to announce that I will have an exhibition of my art at the Harold Washington Library Center from August 18 to September 28.

Born, raised and educated in Chicago. This exhibition is the highlight of my artistic journey. To have a show at one of Chicago’s cultural jewels is beyond anything I could have imagined when I started creating figures & masks 20 years ago.

I feel like I’m playing for the home team. (Third-base for the Cubs or middle linebacker for the Bears.)

Many thanks to Helen Hanowsky and Amanda Zgbloba at Harold Washington Library Center for their assistance and guidance in this opportunity of a a lifetime.

Found Object Masks, Assemblages and Figures: Art by Salvador Campos at HWLC

July 23, 2019

Salvador Campos. Ethan. Mixed Media. 7″x11″

Found Object Masks, Assemblages and Figures: Art by Salvador Campos is on display August 18 to September 28 on the 8th floor of Harold Washington Library Center. This exhibit features found art,  a type of art that is crafted from “found” objects that are transformed from their original purpose to  make truly unique pieces. This exhibition displays examples of the found objects Salvador Campos uses to create his work to illustrate how items that are thoughtlessly discarded can be used to create something new. 

Harold Washington Library Center400 S. State Street

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Found Object Art Workshop: September 21 at Harold Washington Library Center
Create your own found object art assemblage. Campos demonstrates how to make art from everyday objects that are often overlooked and thrown away. We encourage you to bring in some of your own unique found objects to use for your work. 

Artist Statement

Salvador Campos. Material Form Mask Mixed Media, 8.5×8.5×2

I am a self-taught artist. For the past 20 years I have worked with found objects and painted on a variety of surfaces to create paintings, assemblages, figures, masks and sculptures. The creative process for me is one that is completely intuitive and spontaneous. There’s no deliberation or pre-planning when I start a new painting or a found object piece.

I start with random objects I have found, or been given, to create sculptures, figures, assemblages and masks. Somehow these pieces fit together to create something altogether new. Sometimes the object(s) itself will tell me what direction to go and then I find the missing piece.

I aim to stimulate the viewer’s perceptual awareness of the beauty and value in the ordinary and to encourage creative imagination regarding reuse of materials in the hope that they will discard less and recycle more.

In their scarred, bent, broken and crushed condition, these pieces tell stories of the city. They represent cycles of life in the city. Each piece contains not only a unique history but potential for aesthetic function. I strive for that moment of recognition when the viewer not only sees the individual parts but the whole thing at the same time.

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Great news to start 2019!

My artistic journey has been incredible. It’s my pleasure to announce two exhibits I am in this year.

I will be the featured artist for the month of March at Ice House Gallery in Evanston, Il.

Secondly I have been selected for an exhibit at the Harold Washington Library Center from August 18 to September 28.

More details to come.