Jonathan Herrera Soto is a print-based studio artist originally from Chicago, IL. He graduated with a BFA from the Minneapolis College in Art and Design in 2017. Recent solo exhibitions of Herrera Soto’s work include In Between / Underneath at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Querida Presencia at the Duluth Art Institute, and Entre Rios y Montañas at Annex Gallery, Chicago. He has participated in numerous artist residencies and fellowships including Yaddo, NY; Byrdcliffe Guild Art Colony, NY; Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, NE; Hambidge Center for the Arts, GA; Azule, NC; Epicenter, UT; The Studios at MASS MoCA, MA; 33 Officia Creativia, Toffia, Italy; Spudnik Press Cooperative, Chicago; Grand Marais Art Colony, MN; Vermont Studio Center, VT; and High Point Center for Printmaking, MN. Herrera Soto is a 2018 recipient of the Santo Foundation Individual Artist Award, the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, a 2019 recipient of the Metro Regional Arts Council Next Step Grant, and is a current 2019-2021 Jerome Hill Artist Grant fellow.
Herrera Soto explores various relationships between collective memory and historical instances of state-sponsored violence and trauma inflicted on politicized bodies. He constructs print-based objects, installations, and environments that echo lived experiences of those who are no longer with us. Print-based processes translate the content through symbolically revealing the act of remembering in producing tracings and impressions. Slicing open wounds into wood, burning the surface of lithostone with acid, and the crushing of ink on paper under immense pressure, re-animates acts of violence that carries through an art-object’s final presentation.