José Lerma

Spanish, b. 1971

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José Lerma

Spanish, b. 1971

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Claiming that “all art is about other art and about your parents,” José Lerma produces layered, exuberant mixed-media paintings, combining art-historical and biographical references into compositions at once abstract and figurative, humorous and dark, chaotic and controlled. In 2002, Lerma abandoned installation, video, and photography to focus on painting, a medium he has been exploring conceptually and materially ever since. As he explains: “I make paintings and works about painting.” Lerma’s influences—including R. Crumb, Pablo Picasso, Piero della Francesca, and Bruce Nauman—are as wide-ranging as his work. In addition to using paper and canvas, he has drawn and painted on office carpeting and towels and incorporated a metal cabinet and synthesizers into his compositions. Portraits of male figures recur in his works—simultaneously recognizable and obscured, they reveal both the process and the illusion of painting.

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Biography

Claiming that “all art is about other art and about your parents,” José Lerma produces layered, exuberant mixed-media paintings, combining art-historical and biographical references into compositions at once abstract and figurative, humorous and dark, chaotic and controlled. In 2002, Lerma abandoned installation, video, and photography to focus on painting, a medium he has been exploring conceptually and materially ever since. As he explains: “I make paintings and works about painting.” Lerma’s influences—including R. Crumb, Pablo Picasso, Piero della Francesca, and Bruce Nauman—are as wide-ranging as his work. In addition to using paper and canvas, he has drawn and painted on office carpeting and towels and incorporated a metal cabinet and synthesizers into his compositions. Portraits of male figures recur in his works—simultaneously recognizable and obscured, they reveal both the process and the illusion of painting.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
MCA Chicago
Group
Group show at a major institution
MCA Chicago
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Art in America
Articles Featuring José Lerma
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Meta Warhol: In Conversation with the Curators of “Eric’s Trip” at Lisa Cooley Gallery
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