René Treviño: Stelae
September 12 - October 11, 2019
Ballplayers in Love, 2018, acrylic on paper, 42 x 77 inches
Reception and Artist Talk: Thursday September 19, 2019 6-8pm
From September 12 - October 11, 2019, Baltimore artist René Treviño presents Stelae, a solo exhibition at the Julio Fine Arts Gallery at Loyola University Maryland. In this exhibition Treviño complicates historical representation in an attempt to place his own identity within it. Through meticulous detail, bright colors, and incredible artistry Treviño's work questions and layers onto the visual imagery left behind pointing to the incredible importance of being able to find oneself within the annals of history. In the artist's own words:
“For the exhibit at Loyola University, I am combining imagery from ancient Mexican codices with popular culture references such as Wonder Woman, Oreo cookies, and Lisa Frank to create a new, queer world that speaks to the future as well as our past. The original depictions of Mayan rituals can be dark...communicating with the dead, blood-letting, sacrifice, etc. I include some of that content, but I inject rainbow color and a sense of humor. One of the goals for this multi-disciplinary exhibition is to create interplay between the ancient imagery and my colorful, queer, sparkly contemporary forms.
Throughout my work are themes of identity; I am interested in challenging traditional ideas of race and sexual orientation. I feel compelled to make thoughtful and beautiful work that confronts societal assumptions, gives new insight into our human experience, and gives voice to historically under-represented queer Latinos.”
René Treviño is a gay Mexican-American artist born in Kingsville, Texas. He received his BFA in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in 2003 and his MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 2005. He has shown at the Wadsworth Athenaeum in Hartford, CT; the Baltimore Museum of Art, Goliath Visual Space in Brooklyn, NY; White Box in New York, NY; the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art in Wilmington, DE; the Arlington Arts Center in Arlington, VA; and Pentimenti Gallery in Philadelphia, PA. He was also included in the 2007 WPA/Corcoran OPTIONS Biennial in Washington DC and was awarded a 2009 Baltimore Creative Fund Individual Artist Grant and won the 2009 Trawick Prize and a 2016 Rubys Artists Project Grant. Additionally he has been an Artist in Residence at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA; AIR Serenbe in Chattahoochee Hills, GA; Creative Alliance in Baltimore, MD; and The Studios of Key West in Key West, FL. Recent projects include solo exhibitions at the Kentucky College of Art and Design in Louisville, KY and at the Old Jail Art Center in Albany, TX.
His work has been featured in Art Papers, New American Painters, Baltimore Sun, Baltimore City Paper, Philadelphia Enquirer, Washington Blade, Washington Post, Dallas Observer, D Magazine, Art F City, as well as several online publications. Trevino currently resides in Baltimore, MD and teaches at Towson University and MICA, and is represented by the Erin Cluley Gallery in Dallas, TX.
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