Derek Chan is an artist based in Santa Fe. His work explores the interrelationship of symbols that are tied to cultural mythology, spiritual beliefs, and the power of supernatural phenomena. While working primarily in painting, his projects have also included elements of performance, installation, and animation. Derek employs these strategies as a means to share forgotten and under-told stories.
Derek was born in Berkeley, California. He received a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles and an MFA from the University of Illinois, Chicago. Participating as a Monastic-monk, Derek worked in collaboration with Chicago artist and urban planner Theaster Gates, for Gates’ contribution to the 2010 Whitney Biennial. His work has been exhibited at Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Carrie Secrist Gallery, the Roswell Museum and Art Center, and the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe among others. In 2013, Derek participated in the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program.