COMO FREGAS | WHAT NOW
RECEPTION: Saturday, January 10, 2015 from 5-8 pm
EXHIBITION: January 10 - February 21, 2015
LOCATION: ROBERT BERMAN GALLERY
Bergamot Station Arts Center
2525 Michigan Ave. B7 Gallery
Santa Monica, CA 90404
GALLERY HOURS: 11 – 6, Tuesday – Saturday
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ROBERT BERMAN GALLERY is pleased to present Como Fregas | What Now, a survey of works by Los Angeles Artist John Valadez. 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 realism based on documentation and allegory from the intense urban landscape of Los Angeles rendering all that may be experienced from this region. 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.Valadez is also included in the exhibit Faces of America installation beginning on January 18th at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
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
JOHN VALADEZ, a realist painter and muralist who takes as his subject the urban landscape and people of Los Angeles, was born, raised, and continues to live in L.A. His style might be compared to that of photorealists, such as Richard Estes, who gained prominence in the 1970s. However, his work is not a purely documentary reflection of mainstream society.