José Lerma

Last Supper, 2016

Halsey McKay Gallery, East Hampton, NY 2016

Turkish Roses, 2016

The Last Supper (black), 2015

Last Supper I, 2015

Alfonso XIII, 2015

Museum of Contemporary Art
Chicago BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works, 2013

Parterre, 2013

Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, 2014

Andrea Rosen Gallery 2, New York, 2014

Steffi as La Marquise II, 2014

Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago, 2014

Salomon, 2014

Amschel, 2014

Robert Paradise, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2014

CAM Raleigh, Raleigh, 2012

"Madre Perla V-11", 2011

"Fornarina", 2012

CAM Raleigh, Raleigh, 2012

Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, 2010


"Spanish Revival", 2010

Galería Marta Cervera, Madrid, 2010

"Untitled", 2008

Galerie Loock/Wohnmaschine, Berlin, 2009

"Untitled", 2009

"Untitled", 2009

"Untitled", 2009

Drawing inspiration from his personal history, as well as historical figures and events, José Lerma incorporates research and an inventive approach to the traditions of painting and portraiture. Using varying methods and alternative materials, Lerma’s gestures and depictions continue to unfold upon investigation––what appear to be bold, expressionist gestures slowly reveal themselves to be meticulous collages of silicone; or almost vibrating acrylic surfaces come into near focus as infinitely layered drawings. Finding ways within painting to collapse the historical and the personal, Lerma functionalizes our contemporary desire for beautifully rich painting as a way to encourage the possibility of a deeper engagement with the content and narrative embedded in the work.

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