Born in Lima, Peru, Juan William Chávez is an artist and cultural activist who explores the potential of space through creative initiatives that address community and cultural issues. His studio practice incorporates drawings, films, photographs, architectural interventions, unconventional forms of beekeeping and agriculture that utilize art as a way of researching, developing and implementing creative placemaking and socially-engaged projects. In 2010, Chavez started to collaborate with his partner Kiersten Torrez. He has received awards and grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Creative Capital, Kindle Project, Ovation Network, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Art Matters, the Gateway Foundation, Regional Arts Commission and the Missouri Arts Council. Chávez holds a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.