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b. 1971, Sri Lanka

José Lerma Biography

José Lerma’s practice investigates painting, and attempts to collapse the historical with the autobiographical. His final works are part art history, part personal mythology and several recurring themes deal with the tension between the heroic and the pathetic, and the rise and fall of great figures. While his work is rooted in painting, the final product usually results in elaborate installations that are often created with office materials, musical instruments and home furnishings.

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José Lerma (b. 1971 in Spain) lives and works in Chicago, IL. He has an upcoming solo exhibition at the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo San Juan, Puerto Rico, and recent solo exhibitions include La Bella Crisis (2014), Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, MI; Gloriosa Superba (2014), Kavi Gupta Chicago | Washington Blvd, Chicago, IL; Guaynabichean Odyssey (2014), David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL; The Unitedstatian (2014), Van Horn Gallery, Düsseldorf, Germany; Los Turistas (2014), Diablo Rosso, Panama, Republic of Panama; European Mixed Masters (2014), Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY; Robusto Parasite, (2014), Roberto Paradise, San Juan, PR; BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works: José Lerma (2013), Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL and The Credentialist (2012), Museum of Contemporary Art Raleigh, Raleigh, NC.

Recent group exhibitions include Eric’s Trip (2014), curated by Cynthia Daignault and Mark Loiacono, Lisa Cooley Gallery, New York, NY; Pangaea (2014), Saatchi Gallery, London, UK;  Paper (2013), Saatchi Gallery, London, United Kingdom (catalogue); The System of Objects (2013), curated by Andreas Angelidakis, Deste Foundation, Athens, Greece (catalogue); On Painting (2013), Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno, Gran Palma, Canarias, Spain (catalogue). Select public and institutional collections include Milwaukee Art Museum, WI; Saatchi Collection, London; Museum of Fine Arts Houston Houston, TX; Chazen Museum of Art, WI; A. De La Cruz Collection, Puerto Rico; Colección Berezdivin, Sancturce, Puerto Rico; Dakkis Joannou Collection, Athens, Greece. 

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Maria Inés 2 by José Lerma contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
José Lerma Maria Inés 2, 2022 Acrylic on burlap
243.8 x 182.9 cm
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Carla Rosa by José Lerma contemporary artwork painting
José Lerma Carla Rosa, 2022 Acrylic on burlap
182.9 x 121.9 cm
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Carlota Beatriz by José Lerma contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
José Lerma Carlota Beatriz, 2022 Acrylic on burlap
182.9 x 121.9 cm
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Charles II by José Lerma contemporary artwork painting
José Lerma Charles II, 2013 Caulk on linen
61 x 45.7 cm
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Mom by José Lerma contemporary artwork painting
José Lerma Mom, 2015 Acrylic and pigment silicone on canvas
182.9 x 152.4 x 7.6 cm
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Untitled by José Lerma contemporary artwork painting, mixed media
José Lerma Untitled, 2018 Acrylic, pigmented silicone, polypropylene sheets, on canvas
162.6 x 142.2 x 5.1 cm
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Maria by José Lerma contemporary artwork painting
José Lerma Maria, 2017 Acrylic and pigmented silicone on polypropylene sheets on canvas
50 x 40 inches
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Nunquam Prandium Liberum by José Lerma contemporary artwork painting
José Lerma Nunquam Prandium Liberum, 2017 Acrylic on canvas
72 x 60 inches
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