Before becoming an artist, Denver Garza (1987) pursued Clinical Psychology. He previously worked as a mental health worker at a private psychiatric facility, received his undergraduate degree at Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Manila (University of Manila) in 2008, and has entered post-graduate studies for an MA in Clinical Psychology.
His interest in art came from his brother, who introduced him to the art-making process and various exhibitions around Metro Manila. His volition to further his artistic practice grew alongside his clinical practice; in 2015, he decided to focus on art as a career.
With his clinical experience as his anchor, Denver's process of mapping and constructing concepts of identity, coping mechanisms, and belief systems translates into the physicality and structural complexity of his art. On finding meaning and comfort amid uncertainty, for example, Denver deploys the theme of 'play' in his works as a means of being cognizant of the transformative process.
Denver presented solo exhibitions that tackled various topics as well, such as societal expectations on developmental stages (Birthday Beliefs, 2017); awareness as the catalyst to change (Keys to Eclipse, 2019); familial dynamics (Default Paradise, 2019); and exploration of defenses and vulnerability through personal encounters (Arena, 2019; Ghost and Host, AFP 2020). Aside from exhibitions, Denver also creates zines that serve as micro exhibitions, mostly collections of drawings, paintings, photos, and poetry. He currently resides in Bacoor, Cavite.
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