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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. 

José Lerma Featured Artworks

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Charles II by José Lerma contemporary artwork painting
José LermaCharles II, 2013Caulk on linen
61 x 45.7 cm
Kavi Gupta Contact Gallery
Mom by José Lerma contemporary artwork painting
José LermaMom, 2015Acrylic and pigment silicone on canvas
182.9 x 152.4 x 7.6 cm
Kavi Gupta Contact Gallery
Untitled by José Lerma contemporary artwork painting, mixed media
José LermaUntitled, 2018Acrylic, pigmented silicone, polypropylene sheets, on canvas
162.6 x 142.2 x 5.1 cm
Kavi Gupta Contact Gallery
Maria by José Lerma contemporary artwork painting
José LermaMaria, 2017Acrylic and pigmented silicone on polypropylene sheets on canvas
50 x 40 inches
Kavi Gupta Contact Gallery
Nunquam Prandium Liberum by José Lerma contemporary artwork painting
José LermaNunquam Prandium Liberum, 2017Acrylic on canvas
72 x 60 inches
Kavi Gupta Contact Gallery
Rigo as Julio Iglesias as Emmanuelle by José Lerma contemporary artwork painting
José LermaRigo as Julio Iglesias as Emmanuelle, 2017Acrylic on canvas
78 x 78 inches
Kavi Gupta Contact Gallery
The Last Restaurant (La Muralla) by José Lerma contemporary artwork painting
José LermaThe Last Restaurant (La Muralla), 2017Acrylic on canvas
108 x 144 inches
Kavi Gupta Contact Gallery
OLL KORRECT by José Lerma contemporary artwork painting
José LermaOLL KORRECT, 2010Acrylic on canvas, used parachute
49.5 x 43.5 x 1.5 inches
Kavi Gupta Contact Gallery

José Lerma Recent Exhibitions

José Lerma Represented By

Kavi Gupta contemporary art gallery in Washington Blvd, Chicago, USA Kavi Gupta Chicago
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