José Lerma
1971
Seville, Spain
Chicago, USA
Education

2003
CORE Residency Program, Glassell School, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, ME
Fortaleza 302 Residency Program, San Juan, PR

2002 M.F.A., M.A., University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

1998 School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

1995 University of Wisconsin School of Law, Madison, WI

1994 B.A., Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

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SOLO and TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2016
Museo de Arte Contemporaneo San Juan, Puerto Rico (forthcoming)
Kemper Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO, “La Venida Cansa Sin Ti”
Luis de Jesus Los Angeles, CA, “José Lerma and Josh Reames”

2014
David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL, “Guaynabichean Odyssey”
Van Horn Gallery, Düsseldorf, Germany, “The Unitedstatian”
Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, MI, “La Bella Crisis”
Andrea Rosen Gallery 2, New York, NY, “European Mixed Masters”
Oliver Francis Gallery, Dallas, TX, “Josh Smith and José Lerma”
Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago, IL, “Gloriosa Superba”
Roberto Paradise Gallery, San Juan, Puerto Rico, “Robusto Parasite”

2013
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL, “BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works: José Lerma”
ARCO Madrid, Spain, “Solo projects (with Hector Madera)”

2012
Halsey McKay Gallery, East Hampton, NY, “Eddie Martinez and José Lerma”
Contemporary Art Museum, Raleigh, NC, “The Credentialist”

2011
Roberto Paradise Gallery, San Juan, Puerto Rico, “José Lerma: Jibaro Jizz”
Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL, “The Lightweight”

2010
Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY, “I am sorry I am Perry”
Galeria Marta Cervera, Madrid, Spain, “Spanish Revival,”

2009
Galerie Loock/Wohnmaschine, Berlin, Germany, “El Pendejo”
Green Gallery East, Milwaukee, WI

2007
ARARIO Gallery, Seoul, Korea, “José Lerma: Paintings”
Marty Walker Gallery, Dallas, TX, “New Prints by José Lerma”

2006
Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY, “The Golden Sea”

2005
Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium
Galleria Il Capricorno, Venice, Italy

2004
Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY, “Folklore of Our Times”

2003
Southfirst Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, “Two Beats Off”
Galeriá Comercial, San Juan, Puerto Rico, “As if Accepting Defeat”
1R Gallery, Chicago, IL, “Anne Schaacte and José Lerma”
7/3 Split Gallery, Chicago, IL, “Please, Don’t Distort What We Had” (with Scott Roberts)

2002
Art Institutions Project Room, M&M Proyectos, Art Basel Miami Beach, FL
Southfirst Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, “Lives of the Obscure” (with Ellen Takata), curated by Amalia Culp

Public Collections

Berezdivin Collection, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, MN

Galleries

Kavi Gupta Gallery,
Andrea Rosen Gallery,

BIOGRAPHY

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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1971
Seville, Spain
Chicago, USA
Education

2003
CORE Residency Program, Glassell School, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, ME
Fortaleza 302 Residency Program, San Juan, PR

2002 M.F.A., M.A., University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

1998 School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

1995 University of Wisconsin School of Law, Madison, WI

1994 B.A., Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

CV

SOLO and TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2016
Museo de Arte Contemporaneo San Juan, Puerto Rico (forthcoming)
Kemper Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO, “La Venida Cansa Sin Ti”
Luis de Jesus Los Angeles, CA, “José Lerma and Josh Reames”

2014
David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL, “Guaynabichean Odyssey”
Van Horn Gallery, Düsseldorf, Germany, “The Unitedstatian”
Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, MI, “La Bella Crisis”
Andrea Rosen Gallery 2, New York, NY, “European Mixed Masters”
Oliver Francis Gallery, Dallas, TX, “Josh Smith and José Lerma”
Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago, IL, “Gloriosa Superba”
Roberto Paradise Gallery, San Juan, Puerto Rico, “Robusto Parasite”

2013
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL, “BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works: José Lerma”
ARCO Madrid, Spain, “Solo projects (with Hector Madera)”

2012
Halsey McKay Gallery, East Hampton, NY, “Eddie Martinez and José Lerma”
Contemporary Art Museum, Raleigh, NC, “The Credentialist”

2011
Roberto Paradise Gallery, San Juan, Puerto Rico, “José Lerma: Jibaro Jizz”
Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL, “The Lightweight”

2010
Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY, “I am sorry I am Perry”
Galeria Marta Cervera, Madrid, Spain, “Spanish Revival,”

2009
Galerie Loock/Wohnmaschine, Berlin, Germany, “El Pendejo”
Green Gallery East, Milwaukee, WI

2007
ARARIO Gallery, Seoul, Korea, “José Lerma: Paintings”
Marty Walker Gallery, Dallas, TX, “New Prints by José Lerma”

2006
Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY, “The Golden Sea”

2005
Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium
Galleria Il Capricorno, Venice, Italy

2004
Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY, “Folklore of Our Times”

2003
Southfirst Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, “Two Beats Off”
Galeriá Comercial, San Juan, Puerto Rico, “As if Accepting Defeat”
1R Gallery, Chicago, IL, “Anne Schaacte and José Lerma”
7/3 Split Gallery, Chicago, IL, “Please, Don’t Distort What We Had” (with Scott Roberts)

2002
Art Institutions Project Room, M&M Proyectos, Art Basel Miami Beach, FL
Southfirst Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, “Lives of the Obscure” (with Ellen Takata), curated by Amalia Culp

Public Collections

Berezdivin Collection, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, MN

Galleries

Kavi Gupta Gallery,
Andrea Rosen Gallery,