May 3 – July 27, 2012 at the Vincent Price Art Museum
I am a Los Angeles-based, painter whose body of work consists of subject matter blurring the lines between fantasy and reality. Growing up in LA, my color palette derives from the intense colors found in the traditional Mexican décor of folklorico, whose costumes are adorned by a pageantry of intense rich colors. Though similar in color and brushwork, each painting is independent of one another, similar to a storyteller. The paintings draw from influences based on pop culture, spiritual exploration and acute awareness of both my physical and mental surroundings. Surrealism plays a part in the manner more reminiscent of Mexico’s master muralists than the psychoanalytical workings of their European counterparts. Surrealism, to me, is defined as a way to reconfigure representational imagery throughout the composition, allowing the viewer their personal subjective view.