Born in Lima, Peru, Juan William Chávez is an artist, educator and cultural activist that uses art as a ways of researching, developing and implementing creative place making projects and educational art programing that address community and cultural issues
Chávez founded Boots Contemporary Art Space (2006-2010), a non-profit organization that offered support to emerging artists and curators.
Since 2010, Chávez has focused on socially-engaged projects and collaborations in North Saint Louis. Projects include Urban Expression for the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, Pruitt-Igoe Bee Sanctuary and Northside Workshop.
He has received awards and grants from Creative Capital, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Art Matters and the Gateway Foundation.
Chávez holds a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.