Downtown…Luis De Jesus Los Angeles hosts an artist talk in conjunction with one of its current exhibitions. Enjoy an art conversation with Aaron Maier-Carretero, and Alma Ruiz on April 2, at 2pm. This is an in-person event. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Call 213-395-0762, or email: gallery@luisdejesus.comRemember to confirm with gallery for up-to-date covid protocols and guidelines – (proof of vaccination and masks MAY be required).


Aaron Maier-Carretero down, 2021, Oil on canvas 55 x 72 x 1.5 in.

Aaron Maier-Carretero, the artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery features narrative oil paintings which dance between realism and caricature in their representation of the human form and condition as a way to understand and reconcile his relationship to latinidad, whiteness, Jewishness, and maleness. He delves into his own family as a source of inspiration, interrogating the occurrences of his upbringing, tapping into personal memories, journals, and photographs to critically examine the way in which his family has bought into a belief that to be white (or close to it) is to be more important, more beautiful, and worthy of love.

Alma Ruiz is Senior Fellow at the Center of the Business and Management of the arts, Claremont Graduate University, where she teaches Curatorial Practices. A former senior curator at The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles, Ruiz curated numerous exhibitions focusing on emerging artists and the postwar period in the United States, Italy, and Latin America. 

On view: February 26 – April 9, 2022; Appointments are optional and may be made at

What: Opening Reception, New Exhibitions
Where: Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, 1110 Mateo Street, Los Angeles (in the Arts District)
When: April 2, 2022, 2:00pm