Internationally acclaimed, Los Angeles-based painter, Salomon Huerta will discuss how the creative process is linked with one's identity and surroundings. Raised in East LA’s Ramona Gardens housing projects, Huerta received a full scholarship to attend the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, where he graduated with highest honors, and went on to receive an Masters in Fine Arts from UCLA. Previously best known for his series of paintings depicting anonymous subjects who sit or stand with their backs to the viewer, followed by paintings of the facades of unassuming color-saturated, suburban homes stripped of individuality, and then, larger than life-sized, masked, Lucha Libre wrestlers, Huerta now unveils his newest body of work: The Boxer Series. Huerta’s distorted and distraught faces of celebrity, and not-so-famous, boxers continue his examination of social identity, this time, by contrasting these powerful figures, with the reminder that they are in turn, intrinsically linked with violence. Huerta takes cues from his environment and its relationship to his identity as points of creative enterprise. He will discuss how his painting – primarily portraiture – distills elements of traditional portraiture with modern social and cultural scrutiny. While his distinct bodies of work can be linked through their shared investigations and considerations of identity and place, his work remains engaged in a delicate balance between color and brushwork, and an unassuming intimacy that provokes self-reflexivity in its viewers.
Co-Sponsored by: College of Environmental Design, Kellogg University Art Gallery, Department of Ethnic & Women’s Studies, GEMS Club, Mexican American Student Association, URBAN-Los Angeles / Inland Empire, Graduate Planning Student Association, and UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center (CSRC).