THE SALON PROJECT
Raul Guerrero. San Diego, CA
Supported by: Patron Rebecca Tuggle
Right: “Portrait of Debra McGinty-Poteet with Tiki Sculpture” | 2012 | Oil on linen | 80×48″
The Salon Project is a patron supported exhibition that celebrates a select artist working in the classical tradition of fine art. This Inaugural Year exhibition features portraits of friends, artist and personalities living in Southern California. This on going portrait project is a component of a larger body of work entitled “Problemas y Secretos Maravillosos de Las Indias”, an historical study of the American continent, expressed in paintings, drawings, photographs and sculpture.
Born and raised in National City, California, Raul Guerrero possesses a distinctive and important perspective on the regions’s inherent hybridity, Guerrero states, “In California much of my early exposure to art and literature came from the cacophony of images encountered while crossing the border on weekly visits. For example velvet paintings depicting a crying Elvis Presley, a well armed Pancho Villa, and sculptures referencing literary figures like Don Quixote and Sancho Panza. My introduction to the artist Leonardo DaVinci was via a plaster of paris rendering of The Last Supper. All of this was commingled with Indigenous artifacts and artesanías brought up from the interior of Mexico. The border was in fact our Metropolitan Museum of Art.”
Full bio: RaulGuerrero.com/bio/