ROBERT BERMAN GALLERY is pleased to present “Como Fregas | What Now,” a survey of works by East Los Angeles Artist John Valadez.
See image: Drowning the Firebird, 2014, Acrylic on canvas 47 x 78 inches
Valadez is a working muralist who helped bring works documenting the Chicano experience in Los Angeles since the 1970’s. Working in large scale, small scale, in pastels and acrylics, Valadez creates vibrant documentary works compiled from numerous photographs he captured on the streets of East L.A. Illustrating all that may be experienced, whether a brash argument or a hauntingly illuminated storefront, Valadez’s works do anything but shy away from the veracity of life. Como Fregas will exhibit a survey of works from the 1970’s to present, in all mediums, including his documentary photographs from which his inspiration evolves from.
John Valadez returned this fall to Los Angeles from an artist residency at the Museé d’Aquitaine (Bordeaux, France) for the exhibition Chicano Dream – The Collection of Cheech Marin.
See image: Lover’s Creek, 2012, Pastel on paper 38 x 25 inches
Recent Museum Exhibitions:
2012 – 2014
35 Year Retrospective: Santa Ana Condition: John Valadez 1976-2011
MCASD La Jolla, San Diego, CA
Vincent Price Art Museum, East Los Angeles, CA
National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL
June 2014 – October 2014
CHICANO DREAM – The Collection of Cheech Marin
*Artist in residence for the Museé d’Aquitaine, Bordeaux, France
March 2014 – July 2014
ASCO and Friends: Exiled Portraits, Marseille, France
On view: January 10 – February 21, 2015
What: Opening reception
Where: THE ROBERT BERMAN GALLERY, Bergamot Station, (B-7) 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica, 90404