Javier Chavira is a visual artist who has no misgivings about creating images that straddle the line between realism and abstraction. He is as much at home with the technical rigor of academic tradition as he is with the liberating nature of formalism. His aim is to represent and at times unify those temperaments to create, as the great Oscar Wilde once wrote, “a work of art that is useless as a flower is useless.” Javier’s diverse catalog exists for its own sake and it is not explainable other than in the terms of itself. The useless and beautiful object created with great delight can hopefully provide the viewer “a moment of joy by simply looking at it.”
Javier is currently a Professor of Painting & Drawing at Governors State University, University Park, IL and lives with his wife Sarah and daughter Paloma in Park Forest, IL.