State of the Art: Your Weekly Guide to LA’s Latino Art Openings

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Oscar Murillo in front of one of his pieces. Photo Credit: Michael Landsberg

State of The Art is Remezcla’s weekly guide to Latin art openings in your city each week. Mingle with art admirers, collectors and casual passersby to check out these new works. And don’t forget to grab a free glass of wine…or three.


Héctor Zamora: Panglossian Paradigm – REDCAT

Looking for something conceptual to blow your mind this weekend? We’ve got just the thing. Behold the art of Brazilian-based, Mexican-born artist Héctor Zamora who on Saturday, July 20th will hold his first show in Los Angeles. Don’t expect your average artwork hanging on a wall – Zamora creates large-scale works and complicated performances, using both public places and interior spaces as his stage. Take for instance the greenhouse frames shaped like boxes which he placed in a botanical garden in New Zealand. Or the performance he organized that involved 1,600 bricks inside a gallery in Brazil. For this show, Zamora will tackle the objects that represent a cliched view of Californias so you can head to REDCAT from 6 to 9 p.m. to witness something out of the ordinary.

631 West 2nd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Conversations with Artists: Oscar Murillo – LACMA

When growing up in Colombia, artist Oscar Murillo didn’t play video games like your average little kid. That perhaps fueled the artist’s imagination even though he shared with Art Newspaper that he was “never really an artist as a child.” Something in his youth led to the full-fledge artist of today that Murillo embodies, an artist that just last month sold an untitled work for a six-figure price. Basquiat fans might see a resemblance except for the pink letters spelling out ‘pasteles.’ The London-based artist will visit the Los Angeles County Museum of Art this Tuesday, July 16 at 7 p.m. for a discussion with Cesar Garcia, the Director and Chief Curator of Mistake Room in Hollywood. They will speak with LACMA curator Franklin Sirmans about Murillo’s art and something special happening soon in LA. Head to the museum to learn more about Murillo’s practice or discover him for the first time.

LACMA Brown Auditorium
5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 857-6000

Vibrations in Color – Tonalli Studio

Los Angeles births many an artist but it’s not just the museum-famous ones that make great work. This is a great city to meet plenty of local artists with talent and you never quite know what styles you’ll encounter. On Sunday, July 14 you can meet a few Los Angeles artist that might just become your new favorites during a meet and greet hosted by Tonalli Studio. Ofelia Esparza, Robert Quijada and more will happily chill with you – and your drink – from 5 to 7 p.m. as you explore the current show entitled “Vibrations in Color.” The works all share a palette exploding with color, whether through a watercolor or tribal pattern. If you miss the opening, you can visit the space Wednesday through Sunday and also check out their website for weekly classes. It’s time to support the creative forces in the city, Angelenos.

Tonalli Studio
4539 E. Cesar E. Chavez Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90022
(323) 793-7609