Roger Chavez is a painter currently living and working in Philadelphia. Chavez places his practice as a form of philosophical investigation by beginning with his subject matter as a point of departure. Serving as a motif, his subject becomes a scrutiny of its shadows, shapes, and the space it occupies. He begins with a focus on the same subject over a stretch of time and his subject arrangement rarely changing. His questions elicit responses to how we see the same source differently in time, forming a repository of works of extended trials. The works are open to interpretations and simultaneously giving auras of timelessness, mortality and identity.
Chavez has had solo exhibitions at the Berman Museum of Art, Collegeville, PA, Gross McCleaf Gallery and Rosenfeld Gallery and he is represented by Stanek Gallery in Philadelphia. Selected group shows include Woodmere Art Museum, Hopkins House for the Contemporary Arts, Haddon, NJ and Cacciola Gallery, New York. His projects and research have been supported by the Ballinglen Arts Foundation, The Pollock Krasner Foundation, The Vermont Studio Center, The Franz and Virginia Bader Foundation, and a Serge Sacknoff Prize. Chavez received his MFA from American University, Washington D.C. and completed the Certificate program at PAFA.
Chavez teaches Drawing and Painting in PAFA's Continuing Education program.