October 12, 2019 – January 5, 2020

Opening Reception Saturday, October 12, 2019
6:00 – 9:00 PM
Artist talks at 6:30 PM

1878 & Brown Foundation Galleries

Gerardo Rosales

Gerardo Rosales explores issues of class, race, gender, and immigration to expose social inequalities experienced by immigrants coming from Latin America to the United States. Rosales appropriates ornamental aspects of folk art and geometric abstraction, infiltrated with elements that evoke adversity faced by these individuals looking for a better life, only to find themselves facing similar conditions of social and economic exclusion. His paintings include rich colors and patterns that juxtapose the harshness of the wilderness of the tropics with domestic imagery. His works mix conflict with playfulness as a means to exaggerate reality with irony.

Gerardo Rosales was born in Venezuela and is a multidisciplinary artist and educator who has lived and worked in Houston, TX since 2000. Rosales first started producing art as a self-taught artist before attending the Armando Reverón Art Institute in Caracas, Venezuela, where he earned a BA in Painting. After graduating, he moved to London to study at Chelsea College of Art and Design where he received an MA in Painting. Rosales has received recognition at leading art venues in Latin America and Europe, including exhibitions in Venezuela, Argentina, the United Kingdom, and France. His work was most recently featured at the TransArt Foundation for Art and Anthropology, Houston, where he was also a 2018-2019 artist-in-residence.


This exhibition is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.