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Salomón Huerta


Saloman HuertaArtist’s Statement

I’m a visual painter. Born in Tijuana, Mexico, I was raised in East Los Angeles’ notorious Ramona Gardens housing project. At a very young age, I witnessed violence, from brown on brown crime to police abuse on brown youth. Given all of the violence that I’ve experienced, for my new work, I’m interested in documenting police violence towards unarmed black males in Baltimore, New York, Los Angeles and Ferguson. I’m selecting black boxers to document my views towards the unaccepted level of violence towards unarmed black males. As a violent sport, boxing needs to be analyzed outside of the ring. In doing so, I’m currently collecting photograph stills from boxing fights, focusing on the physical damage on the bodies of these gifted athletes. By examining and painting the violent outcomes of boxing matches, I aim to document the blurred lines that black bodies experience when they face each other in the ring and when they confront the brutal force of the police. I believe that it’s important for me to paint this unjust subject matter, especially since Chicanos from my old neighborhood and beyond also experience violence at the hands of those paid by our taxes to protect us. Throughout my paintings, I aim to raise awareness from an artistic perspective of what we, as a society, currently experience and must change.

Biography

Born in 1965 in La Colonia Libertad, Tijuana
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA

Solo Exhibitions

2014
Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2008
Mask, Patrick Painter Inc., Santa Monica, CA

2005
Portrait of a Friend, Patricia Faure Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2003
Patricia Faure Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2002
Studio La Città, Verona, Italy

Selected Group Exhibitions

2010
A Group Painting Show, Patrick Painter, Inc., Santa Monica, CA

2009
Superficiality and Superexcrescence, Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA
Here’s Looking at You, Stephen Cohen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2008
My Generation, Spichernohe, Koln, Germany

2007
Strange New Worlds, Art and Design from Tijuana, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA
Exquisite Crisis and Encounters, Asian/Pacific/American Institute, New York University, New York, NY

2006
Strange New Worlds, Art and Design from Tijuana, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego, CA
Transactions: Contemporary Latin American and Latino Art, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego, CA
Retratos, San Antonio Museum, San Antonio, TX. Traveled to: National Portrait Gallery at the S. Dillion Ripley
Center, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

Selected Public Collections

CAA, Beverly Hills, CA
Colby College Museum, Waterville, ME
Fisher Gallery, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, San Diego, CA
Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, KS
Worcester Museum of Art, Worcester, MA

EDUCATION

1991
BFA, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA

1998
MFA, UCLA Graduate School, Los Angeles, CA

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