Saturday, July 20, 2024

rafa esparza

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rafa esparza (b. 1981, Los Angeles; lives and works in Los Angeles) received a BA from University of California, Los Angeles in 2011. Solo exhibitions have been held at Artists Space, New York (2023); Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles (2021); MASS MoCA, North Adams (2019); ArtPace, San Antonio (2018); and Ballroom Marfa (2017). Selected group exhibitions have been held at Commonwealth and Council, Mexico City (2022); Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson (2022); Moody Center for the Arts, Rice University, Houston (2020); San Diego Art Institute (2019); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2017); and Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2016). esparza is a recipient of a Pérez Prize (2022), Latinx Artist Fellowship (2021), Lucas Artist Fellowship (2020), Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award (2017), Art Matters Foundation Grant (2014), and California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists (2014). He has participated in residencies at Artpace San Antonio (2018) and Wanlass Artist in Residence, OXY ARTS, Los Angeles (2016).

esparza’s work is in the collections of Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Dallas Museum of Art; San Jose Museum of Art; Minneapolis Institute of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Kadist Art Foundation; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; and Vincent Price Art Museum, Los Angeles.

110 Northbound, photo by Yomahra Gonzalez
Camino Exhibition, photo by: Yomahra Gonzalez
Hermila, photo by Yomahra Gonzalez
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  1. […] rafa esparza has an exhibition titled Camino on view through August 19 at Artist Space in NYC. The immersive installation ruminates on humans and cyborgs, mobility, access, the freeways of L.A. and more. The title has two meanings in Spanish, “road” and “I walk.” The work itself is a deconstructed section of freeway and reflects on how the construction of this system has divided the city of Los Angeles and affected lives in vastly different ways. To learn more, listen to the complete interview. […]


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