Hosting Art Exhibitions at traditional and non-traditional spaces;
performing arts, social justice events - live cable televised CAN T.V. hotline;
community murals; collaborations with mission to make and help make
visions come true. We are building equality, opportunity and a real
world-wide community with respect to history, your story and to the cultivation of
culture - graffroots at forefront.
Founder and Director, Dulce M. Diaz
Video by Efren M. Villalobos, 2018
S.H.E. Gallery Members
Artist Name: OPIK
Born and Raised in Chicago, Pilsen.
Name inspired by "OPTIC" shortened and made original by changing "C" to "K".
Che is a self-taught artist. Practicing since the age of 10. He's worked with different mediums and his current focus is a unique art style he invented called Styrograff and labels it as a new type of graffiti sculpture.
His work is influenced by the hip hop culture and its innovating artists as well as Swiss Painter, H.R. Giger; Movies such as Fantastic Planet, Coonskin, Wizards and comic books, like that of Spiderman and Batman.He was also influenced by music, such as Gary Bartz, Stevie Wonder, disco and house music.
Born and raised in Chicago, IL.
Diana has earned a Master's Degree in Psychology from NLU and a post Master's Degree from DU as well as various other certifications and professional endorsements. Diana's artistic desires began as a very young child with memories of sketching and coloring bringing her a sense of self-expression. Diana considers herself a "closet artist" - being that she's put the raising of her family and building her career at the forefront and she has not been able to focus on her creative side. Though she never went to art school, her father was a big influence in her advocacy for the arts and they used to practice live drawing with him. Diana is ready to step out of the closet and shift her focus back to the arts. We look forward to watching her bloom.
“I feel like now more than ever I need to focus on my creativity because it brought me peace and some self- reflection. My career influences me in a way that I take nothing for granted and I see beauty even in despair.” – Diana Mendez
Dulce Maria Diaz
President / Founder / Artist
Artist Name: dulce37 and/or d37
First name/initial followed by the 3 and 7 numbers she repeatedly saw growing up. Learning of their meanings, she added them as part of her name to symbolize "Living through the trinity seven days a week".
Born in Tumbiscatio de Ruiz, Michoacan, MX.
Raised in Chicago, IL. since the age of 5.
Dulce studied business for the arts through The University of Chicago Continuing Education Graham program in partnership with The Hyde Park Art Center. She is a certified producer and editor through CAN TV and an intuitive self-taught artist since as early as she can remember. As an artist, she works with various mediums. Dulce is mostly influenced by her faith, her dreams, intuition, sociology, philosophy, mythology and the hip hop culture she grew up with and mostly her older brother, NAGS of WAR CREW. Her roots have led her to a passion of cultivating all culture, capturing history and especially that of innovating local graffiti artists that have helped paved the way to the popular street art.
Artist / Illustrator
Artist name: Chunchunart
Born in Hong Kong, China.
Raised in Chicago, IL. since the age of 5.
My goal with my paintings is to recapture the viewers of the feelings as a child exploring new places and objects. As we grow older we become busier with our lives and not spending the time for ourselves. So I make my pieces with the intention of having the viewers to react and respond in a way a child would do. Size is very important, as a kid everything that is unfamiliar seems large but it shouldn’t feel scary but more of excitement and happiness. So on each piece there are little details that have the viewers would come closer to take a look, as a representation of the feeling of curiosity and excitement as a child. I create my pieces with watercolor with soft blending to create a whimsical and cute feeling to my painting. I am highly influenced by the film My Neighbor Totoro, by Hayao Miyazaki, as that film always reminds me to enjoy life and keep being curious and creative.
Born in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, MX.
Raised in Chicago, IL. since the age of 15.
Gabriel is a self-taught artist. He bloomed into his practice approximately seven years ago, working with 2D and 3D sculpture-metal/welding, plastic up-cycle recycle. He specialized in finding old, forgotten or obsolete materials and giving them a new purpose or a higher environmental value - transforming by-products into creative reuse. Gabriel's biggest influences are his children and in many ways is also shaped by our city.
"When my son Marco was 10yrs old, he was really into Legos and Bionicles. I was spending sometimes up to $100 in Lego Kits - we decided to start making our own from recycled materials and that's how I got started. Thank you, Marco.
Art is a way of life in Chicago neighborhoods that you can't get away from. We live in a country where consumption and waste are greater than what this earth can support. There are no limits - technology, new electronics or how much we can produce. Why not take some of that and give it a creative use." - Gabriel Galvan
Nicolas Diaz Jr.
Graphic Designer / Artist
Born in Apatzingan, Michoacan, MX.
Raised in Chicago, IL. since the age of 8.
Nick studied at The Illinois Institute of Art, Chicago and earned his Bachelor of Applied Science in Visual Communications through Westwood College.
He works with graffiti art, spray can art, digital art and some acrylic painting with focus on digital art. Nick began drawing cartoons at the early age of 5 or 6 years old until he got into the graffiti art form at the age of 13 years old. The Chicago graffiti culture has been huge influence in his life as an artist as well as a designer.
"Influenced at a young age by the art of graffiti. I have learned that composition is key to design. The amount of work I put into each letter shows, and every letter is a new new problem to solve. When I design, I say less is more because I love white space and I strive for simplicity and function. I look at design as a tool that can be changed, formed and discovered as many times as it needs to come up with the right solution." - Nicky Nags
Artist Name: Trixter One
Born and raised in Chicago, IL.
"Trixter" hailing from the City of Firsts" in the Midwest's world class city Chicago. Trixter is a pioneering originator in the development of Chicago Graffiti Trends and Style, and the growing national and International Street and Urban Arts movement.
Recognized across international barriers, and awards from practicing professionals, patrons, and practitioners of growing and dynamic world of graffiti, and the modern arts mainstream.
Currently "Trixter" is nearing completion on a new work of authorship, due to be available for review, and pre-order in late 2019, and developing a formal preservation organization for the art, craft, and science of graffiti, and the
emerging science of "Grafology".
His interests are focused in creating an empowering and accessible venue for practicing and emerging artists interested in being a part of a unique project establishing a movement and an organization for the advancement of the GRAFOLOGICAL SCINCES.