In this modern society, people are focusing on the material, not the spiritual… It's always this part of the human condition that is explored in porn and body modification that society is always trying to hide by things like plastic surgery and artificiality. It's part of being human. But society's always trying to bury humanity.
—Dr. Lakra

The Lapis Press invited Dr. Lakra to Los Angeles as an artist in residence in the summer of 2010. The idea for this edition came from an old book filled with objects that he saw in a natural history collection in Oaxaca. Hence, Doktor Lakra's Lexikon is an edition that presents a unique world within the work: a world merging the present, the recent past, and forgotten lands, exquisitely illustrated on each unique object inhabiting the hand made box.

Doktor Lakra's Lexikon is comprised of 4 objects: a carved skull cap, a scrimshaw sperm whale tooth, a tattooed cup, and a tattooed baby doll arm. The skull and scrimshaw pieces are facsimiles of original works created for this edition, while the cup and baby doll arm were each hand-tattooed by Dr. Lakra and vary in design. The four objects are housed in a leather hand made custom box, inspired by an antique leather bound colonial era bible found in a flea market.

The edition of 10 includes a colophon page hand numbered in Roman numerals. Each object is signed by the artist.


1972 Born Jerónimo López Ramírez in Mexico
Lives and works in Mexico City and Oaxaca, Mexico

Solo Exhibition:

Dr. Lakra, Kate MacGarry, London
Mexican Demons and Dancing Skeletons: Dr. Lakra in dialogue with Posada, Hostelbro Kunstmuseum, Hostelbro
D. Lakra, Nils Staerk Gallery, Copenhagen
The Small Collections Room, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham

Dr. Lakra, Museo de la ciudad de Mexico, Mexico City
Dr. Lakra, Marco Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey, Monterrey
Dr. Lakra, The Drawing Center, New York
Dr. Lakra, Museo Amparo, Puebla

Dr. Lakra, ICA Boston

Dr. Lakra, Kate MacGarry, London
Dr. Lakra, kurimanzutto, Mexico City

Dr. Lakra, Kate MacGarry
Dr Lakra, kurimanzutto            
Los Dos Amigos, Dr Lakra & Abraham Cruzvillegas, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca (MACO), Mexico
Los Dos Amigos, Dr. Lakra & Abraham Cruzvillegas, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca (MACO), Mexico

Dr. Lakra, Kate MacGarry, London

Dr. Lakra, Juárez 65, Mexico City

Dr. Lakra, Kunsthaus Tacheles, Berlin

Dr. Lakra, Café Primo, Berlin

Dr. Lakra, Galería Caracas, Berlin

Dr. Lakra, Galería El Juglar, Mexico City, Mexico

Selected Group Exhibition:

Ukiyo-e: Imagenes del mundo flotante, Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil (MACG), Mexico City
Futbol, Arte y Pasion, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey (MARCO), Monterrey

Poetry and Politics – Watercolours and Animations, The Nordic Watercolour Museum/nordiska akvarellmuseet, Skärhamn, Sweden

Viceversa, nuevos estados de animo, Museo de los pintores Oaxaqueños (MUPO), Oaxaca
MACO Oaxaca, Centro de la Artes San Agustin Etla, Oaxaca
Makeup, A Palazzo Gallery, Brescia
As Long As It Lasts…, Arratia Beer Gallery, Berlin

Corpus Aeternum, Centro Fotografico Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Oaxaca
La invenvion de lo cotidiano, Coleccion/Fundacion Jumex, Mexico City
Desenhos (drawings): a-z, Museau da cidade, Lisbon
2nd Trienal Poli/Grafica de San Juan, Puerto Rico
Modern Ruins, Kate MacGarry
Strike a pose, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London

Inaugural Exhibition, kurimanzutto, Mexico City
Martian Museum of Terrestrial Art, Barbican Art Gallery
Escultura Social: A New Generation of Art from Mexico City, The Alameda National Center, San Antonio, USA

Goth: Reality of The Departed World, Yokohama Museum of Art, Japan
Wunderkammer: A Century of Curiosities, Museum of Modern Art, New York
La Planta, Arte Contemporaneo Omnilife, Guadalajara, Mexico
Feral Kingdom, CCA Center for Contemporary Art Glasgow
Cuestión Xeracional/ Generational Issue, Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Mad Love, Museum of ModernArt, Copenhagen
Escultura Social: A New Generation of Art from Mexico City, Museum of Contemporary art, Chicago
Hammer Contemporary Collection, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles

Spank The Monkey, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead
I’m Sorry, Pilar Parra & Romero, Madrid
I Love My Country but I Think We Should Start Seeing Other People, Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco

Words: The formal Presence of Text in Modern and Contemporary Works on Paper, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York
Mexico 70, Casa del Lago, Mexico City
The Urban Edge Show, Milan
Girls on Film, Zwirner & Wirth, New York

Pin-Up: Contemporary Collage & Drawing (with Sebastian Bremer, Matt Bryans, Amie Dicke, Wangechi Mutu, Jochum Nordström, Steven Shearer, Godfried Donkor and Nicole Wermers), Tate Modern, London
Equation du Solelil Noir, Peinture Contemporaine du Mexique (curated by Guillermo Santamaria), Instituto de México à Paris, Paris
Deliver Us from Evil, (with Honore Daumier, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Robert Crumb, Keegan McHargue), Matthew Marks Gallery, New York

Elephant Juice, Kurimanzutto, Mexico

kurimanzutto @ Galerie Chantel Crousel, Paris
Stolen Bike, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York

Art and Idea, Mexico City
La Luz de Jesus, The Drawing Collective, Los Angeles

Camuñas Family, Purgatorio 2, Valencia, Spain
Festimad, Círculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid

La Feria del Rebelde, La Panadería, Mexico City
No Soy Fotógrafo, La Panadería, Mexico City

Pierced Hearts and True Love; a Century of Drawings for Tattoos, The Drawing Centre, New York

Mutant Messenger, Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago
Grap a Bag, Museum of Art Chicago

Auslanders in Berlin, Kunsthaus Tachesles, Berlin

Aire Fresco en el Verano del Amor, Divisiónarte, Mexico City

Ya, Juventud, Ya, La Quiñonera, Mexico City

Euritmia en el Tenderero, Puente de Piedra 19, Mexico City

Selected Bibliography:

Abaroa, Eduardo; Gabriel Orozco and Pedro Alonzo, Dr. Lakra, kurimanzutto + RM, Mexico

O’Reilly, Sally, Frieze Art Fair Yearbook 2009-10, Frieze, London
Cruzvillegas, Abraham, Dr. Lakra, Health and Efficiency, Editorial RM, Mexico City

Goth: Reality of the Departed World, Yokohama Museum of Art, Tokyo
Viva la Muerte, Kunsthalle Wien
Cuestión Xeracional/ Generational Issue, exhibition catalogue, Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, Xunta de Galicia
Escultura Social: A New Generation of Art from Mexico City, exhibition catalogue, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago/ Yale University Press, New Haven and London

Cruzvillegas, Abraham and Dr. Lakra, Abraham Cruzvillegas & Dr Lakra: Los Dos Amigos, kurimanzutto, A&R Press, Mexico

Dexter, Emma, Vitamin D: New Perspectives in Drawing, Phaidon Press

La Panaderia, edited by Yoshua Okon, essays by Carlo McCormick, Cuauhtémoc Medina, and Eduardo Abaroa, Guillermo Fandanelli; introduction by Miguel Calderón; TURNER

Santamarina, Guillermo, Equation Du Soleil Noir: Peinture Contemporaine Du Mexique, Instituto de Mexico a Paris

Street Murals:

Ciudad Neza, Estado de México, Mexico.
Berlin, Germany.
San Andrés Totoltepec, Mexico City.
Oakland, Californa, USA.

Tattoo Studios:

Mexico City, Cuernavaca, Guadalajara, Puerto Escondido, Puebla, Oaxaca, Tijuana, San Cristóbal de las Casas, Los Angeles, Lancaster, San Francisco, Sacramento, Berlin, Madrid, London, Valencia, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Manila, Bagio City, Bontok, Hong Kong, Bowkok, Chiang Mai, Chiam Rai Pai, Cagada.