Bernardo Cantu
Juan Bernardo Cantu III, who goes by Bernardo Cantu, a recent MFA-Drawing & Painting graduate from UNT, is featured in edition #90 of New American Paintings, and an artist in the 2011 Texas Biennial. He currently is an adjunct art instructor at University of North Texas in Denton.
Bernardo was born seven miles from the Tex-Mex border in Weslaco,TX. He grow up mainly in South Texas and also lived partially in Washington D.C during the early-mid 80's. His body of work delivers a socially significant message as it explores questions of cultural identity, tears through barriers, stretches limits and creates vast new possibilities. His worked can be viewed as product of a larger decolonizing enterprise, that functions from a mentality of what Walter Mignolo calls border gnosis; knowledge developed at the borderland, that takes form at the margins of the modern Western world. He lives in Denton, Texas.

“Art at its most significant is a Distant Early Warning System that can always be relied on to tell the old culture what is beginning to happen to it.” -Marshall Mcluhan

I mine the dual tensions and harmonies of brute and elegant, baroque and minimal, high and low art. The use of both traditional and non-traditional art materials with a focus on second hand materials is explored. I handle non-traditional materials such as fabric, like paint, creating wall mountable pieces that I view as a form of sculptural-paintings. My work relies on process and I will have a few ideas in mind before beginning a new piece, however I want the finished piece to be surprising and bizarre to me. The more bizarre, the better. My work also investigates possibilities, so rather than just illustrating something that currently exists it is an abstraction of content from an imagined space. The mix of 2d and 3d in my pieces is a reflection of growing up in a middle space, a "Nepantla" space. Stylistic interests generate a dialogue between the "Rascuachismo" aesthetic and Kitsch. Inspiration comes from various areas: metaphysical literature, cosmology, b-movies, analog machines, 80s music, and Texas-Mexico border culture. I see my art as a product of a larger decolonizing enterprise, that functions from a mentality of what Walter Mignolo calls border gnosis; knowledge developed at the borderland, that takes form at the margins of the modern Western world

Modern Dallas
Bernardo Cantu received a stellar writeup on

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Originally posted on Friday, August 31st, 2012

Bernardo is a Member at 500X gallery. 500X Gallery is Texas’ oldest, artist run, cooperative gallery.
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Co-Curator for the Dia De Los Muertos Exhibition
Bernardo has been selected to be a Co-Curator for the Dia De Los Muertos Exhibition @ the Cliff Gallery, Mountain View Community College in Dallas Texas

October 25 - November 4, Cliff Gallery
Reception: November 1 at 7:00 pm.

Artists featured and selected by Bernardo for this show:

Leticia Gomez
Jake Hamill
Fields Harrington
Diana Kohne
Dan Lam
Diego Olveda
Serg Saenz
Erik Salazar

Bernardo Cantu Interview on ARTHASH
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Bernardo Cantu Interview on ARTHASH

YLA 16
Bernardo Cantu will be featured in the 16th Young Latino Artist's Exhibition - "Thought Cloud".
The show opens on June 17 and runs through September 25 at Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin Texas.

Texas Biennial
One of Bernardo Cantu's totemic, mixed-media creations titled "Barrio Blaster" is included in the 2011 Texas Biennial (“an independent survey of contemporary Texas art”). This piece is on view at the 816 congress office building on the 5th floor in Austin, Texas from April 9th - May 15th.

2011 Texas Biennial

Three to Watch
Bernardo Cantu will be included in an exhibition curated by Cris Worley, director of Cris Worley Fine Arts Gallery.

"Three to Watch - Bernardo Cantu, Yelizaveta Nersesova, Carlo Zinzi" .

Exhibition Dates:
March 25 - May 1

Opening reception:
Friday, March 25th from 6:30 - 8:30

Haggerty Gallery University of Dallas.


Dec. 18, 2010
Bernardo Cantu is a featured artist in the edition #90 of New American Paintings. Pick up your copy on magazines stands at Barnes and Nobles, or by ordering it at the NAP's website: New American Paintings

Bernardo Cantu has been selected to be in the 2011 Texas Biennial. The Texas Biennial is an annual group exhibition that provides “an independent survey of contemporary Texas art”, held primarily in Austin, TX. The Texas Biennial is an opportunity to investigate current art-making in Texas and promote the incredible innovation happening within the state of Texas. New York based art historian Virginia Rutledge is this year's curator. This Biennial held in Austin Texas from April 9 through May 14, 2011 with opening events in Austin from the 15 through the 16th of April. For more information visit the website: 2011 Texas Biennial

As well Bernardo will also be included in an as of yet unannounced up and coming artists group exhibition curated by Cris Worley. More details on this soon. He will also have a solo show in Dallas, Tx at 500x. This exhibition runs January 15-30. The opening Reception is 7-10pm January 15.

*Faculty, staff share their creations with students*


"Today, students of the College of Visual Arts and Design will be able to know what their professors do outside of school.

The Annual Faculty and Staff Exhibition will showcase art work created by the faculty and staff of the CVAD.

“The exhibition features a variety of art media and subjects, and includes both abstract and representative imagery,” said Tracee Robertson, director of exhibitions for UNT’s art program.

The exhibition opened Tuesday and will be open today from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.

Admission is free to the general public.

The gallery also displays art from UNT alumni who are currently working as adjunct professors in the CVAD.

“The Ark of the Naguals,” a mixed-media piece by UNT alumnus Bernardo Cantu, features colorful beads, tangled wires and a L.E.D. marquee with a cycling message.

Other points of interest include portions of an installation piece called the “McMuseum of Anthropological Archaeology,” created by James Thurman of the art studio faculty."


The MAC @ the Mercantile Coffee House

Mercantile Coffee House Exhibition: Bernardo Cantu
on view through October 9
Mercantile Coffee House
1800 Main Street
Dallas, TX

"Our first exhibition with Mercantile Coffee House will feature local UNT artist Bernardo Cantu. Cantu is joining the MAC in celebrating the bicentennial of Mexico's independence from Spain. Cantu's work focuses on Mexican/American cultures and how they influence on another especially in border towns. The opening reception will take place on September 11th at the coffee house at 5:00. Make sure to come out and support the MAC in it's newest initiative!"

Texican Neo-Tribalismo - Solo Show in Jerryland (Arlington, TX) 1.7 miles from the deathstar (cowboys stadium)
August 7 thru Sept. 4,
opening reception aug. 7, 5-9pm

New American Paintings
I've been chosen to be included in New American Paintings #90 oct/nov edition.

Look out for Issue No. 90 coming out second week of October in a Barnes and Nobles or a Boarders near you. You can also pre-order through the website.

(also featured from UNT will be Erick Maybury and Bethany Gouldin and professor Matthew Bourbon)

Coast to Coast AM photo of the day
A photo of an installation and wall mountable piece from my exhibition received "photo of the day" at coast to coast am:

Weshotjr Interview
Follow the link to view the interview I did for
Scroll down till you see "art list".

Dallas Arts Revue write up
My piece at the Latino Cultural Center's Hecho in Dallas Exhibition received a surprisingly nice write up and photo shot by J R Compton in the Dallas Arts Revue:

scroll down for my piece titled "The Zapotlicos Machine."

MFA Thesis Exhibition
"Inter-dimensional Relics from the Barrio"
4/5/10 - 4/9/10
Cora Stafford Gallery, Denton TX
Closing Reception - April 9th, 5-9pm

UNT-COVAD Lightwell Gallery auction write up
I was involved in a community project coordinated by the American Humanics student organization in Denton and Elaine Pawlowicz (Drawing 2 Coordinator/Assistant Professor at UNT-COVAD). The following is a writeup on NTDaily about the event:

Lightwell Gallery’s silent auction benefits local charities

Two of my pieces (Zapotlicos Machine and Cactus Pudding) will be included in the 7th Annual Hecho en Dallas exhibition at the Latino Cultural Center of Dallas. The exhibition runs from March 11 - April 24 with an opening reception on thurs. March 11, 7-9pm.

Artists Track 001 Exhibition, Mod Shop Gallery, Dallas TX
Artist Reception:
Saturday, AUGUST 1, 6-9pm
Exhibition Dates:
August 1st - August 14th, 2009 gallery presents a Master of Fine Art Graduate and Candidate exhibition featuring drawings from University of North Texas graduate students and one free agent. The exhibition is a combination of the best efforts graduate students put forth during last year’s school semesters," and includes work by artists Jennifer Jones, Todd Camplin, Bernardo Cantu (shown), Adrián Aguirre, Bryce Lafferty, Mariko Frost, and also "free agent" Zoe Zander Spiliotis.

mod shop gallery events
art track 001 on glasstire

Membership Exhibition 2009
McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC)
August 1 - August 29, 2009

The MAC is celebrating its 15th anniversary with their annual MAC membership show, and a Quinceañera-themed reception! That means that fifteen is the magic number, and artists' are being encouraged to submit work with fifteen anything, be it "inches, square inches, lengths, pounds, colors, icons, brush strokes, circumference, images, frames, fps, seconds, minutes, words," etc. This will be a festive event, so don't be surprised to see some of the staff dressed in their Quinceañera best!

the Mac
Jul 14, 2009 through Aug 15, 2009
Reception date: Jul 18, 2009
Reception Time: 4:30 - 6 pm

The curatorial focus of the 2009 graduate student exhibition is based on the notions of recovery and reinvention. These two words have been popular with political pundits of late as global markets fail and recover and as far-sighted leaders encourage a paradigm shift toward the reinvention of attitudes, and in turn, in modes of production.

While the stimulus which informs and drives these artists varies from person to person, each artist traverses the highs and lows inherent in their individual systems of production and therefore they may falter, recover, discover and reinvent as they develop and progress.
The term "recovery" refers to the discovery and reclamation of personal symbolism, of cultural heritage, of artistic identity and of familial memory. The notion of "reinvention" refers to the reevaluation of artistic source and the influence of that source on the artist’s productive trajectory.

The elements of recovery and reinvention as described above appear in the works selected for exhibition this summer. This year’s show includes works by Julie Barnofski, Bernardo Cantu, Mariko Frost, Bethany Gouldin, Karen Hamilton, Tom Leininger, Murielle White and Sarah Williams.
This annual exhibition features recent works in various media by artists enrolled in the graduate studio art and design programs at the College of Visual Arts and Design. The exhibition is curated by UNT Art Gallery staff.

Summer Gallery hours:
Tues - Sat, 12 - 5 pm.
The UNT Art Gallery will be closed on Saturday, August 15th.

Aritsts: Julie Barnofski, Bernardo Cantu, Mariko Frost, Bethany Gouldin, Karen Hamilton, Tom Leininger, Murielle White, Sarah Williams
Exhibit Medium: None Specified or Mixed Media