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Born in Seattle, Washington

Lives and works in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

                                                                                                                                                                                            Curriculum Vitae

In 1985, Birks attended the Universidad Autónoma, in Guadalajara, Mexico, through a study grant. The next year he returned to Guadalajara via Puerto Vallarta and became a early proponent of contemporary art in both communities.

The work of Davis Birks is defined by multiple investigations through diverse disciplines. Using sculpture, installation, painting—and more recently, photography and social practice, Birks explores a wide range of interests including social inter-relations, geo-politics, war, economy, the environment, and history.

His work has been exhibited internationally and can be found in the collections of The Museum of Latin American Art (MoLaa), Long Beach; The Museum of Fine Arts (MFAH), Houston, Texas; The Santa Barbara Museum (SBMA), California;  Museo de Las Artes (MUSA) and Instituto Cultural Cabañas, Guadalajara; among others.

In addition to his work as a visual artist, Birks has dedicated time to the development of contemporary art in Puerto Vallarta since 1987, assisting recently in the foundation and project development of the cultural institution Oficina de Proyectos Culturales (OPC). Davis Birks is also a member of the advisory committee for the Visual Arts Department of the Centro Universitario de la Costa, Universidad de Guadalajara, and the advisory committee for the Instituto Cultural Vallartense.

(photo: Susana Birks)



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