Jacques Menache

Jacques Menache was born in Paris, France in 1948.  He moved to Mexico City in 1955 with his family and attended the University of Mexico’s Academia San Carlos where he studied under Siqueiros and other Mexican muralists.  In Mexico, he met Amy Abernethy, a native Chapel-Hillian, and moved here in 1969.

Jacques first attended NC Central University, then UNC, where he obtained a Masters in Fine Arts, graduating in 1973. In search of a job, Jacques founded the ArtsCenter in Carrboro in 1974.  During his 15 years at the ArtsCenter he caused havoc in the community and resigned in the midst of controversy. He became an electrician to make a living outside the arts field.

Looking for more trouble, in September 1999 Jacques Menache opened a Mexican restaurant/Latin-American Cultural Center: ” El Chilango”.  He had his first artist retrospective there among the enchiladas, tacos, and salsas.  The restaurant closed in September 2002 after three years of drunken fights, excellent dance parties, and old-time music jam sessions.
In search of a different type of trouble in 2004, Jacques and Ruffin Slater ( Legendary Weaver Street Market General Manager) founded WCOM, 103.5 FM, a low-power, all volunteer community radio station. (http://wcomfm.org/) The station recently moved its studios to The ArtsCenter where a collaboration of teaching and programming is flourishing for both organizations.

With very little time to keep out of trouble Jacques manages to create some 20 new pieces of art each year.  His favorite format is large abstract paintings with complex landscapes of amoebe, protozoan, paramecia and other microorganisms. He generally exhibits every year in Carrboro. He is currently working on a site specific installation in his own backyard on Main Street in Carrboro called “Canto Amoebico”

For inquiries on art work commissions, sales, consulting with non-profit organizations, or electrical work call:


(919) 306 2749

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