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Gallery 415 in San Francisco.
Solo exhibition:
Leonardo Pineda, "por fuera"
May 19 -- June 30, 2007

'3', Leonardo Pineda 2007, 39 x 39"
Mixed media on canvas

Caminando Sola (Walking Alone),
Leonardo Pineda 2006, 39 x 39"
Mixed media on canvas


Leonardo Pineda: "Por Fuera" at Gallery 415
May 19 -- June 30

San Francisco, CA: Gallery 415 is pleased to present the paintings of Leonardo Pineda, a young Colombian artist whose vibrant color and vigorous rendering attracted wide interest during the gallery's very successful inaugural show in March. "Por Fuera," from outside, or from abroad, aptly describes Pineda's painterly interpretation of contemporary life in Bogota as well as the gallery's mission of bringing exemplary new Latin American art to the attention of Bay Area collectors (see information about Rolando Castellon's June 6 lecture on contemporary Latin American art, below). This will be Pineda's American solo debut; he will attend the artist reception Thursday, June 7, 5:30-7:30pm, and will do a painting demonstration Saturday, June 9, 3:00-4:00pm.

Pineda's work exemplifies contemporary eclecticism, combining elements of styles not normally considered esthetic bedfellows: the casual doodling and skewed perspectives of the untrained child or outsider artist; the everyday subject matter of Ashcan realism, cubism and Pop Art; the vigorous brushwork and ambiguous 2D/3D space of Abstract Expressionism; the use of photographic projection and silkscreen from photorealism and Pop, respectively; and the use of painted words (trafico, martini, botella, zoom, Metro, caminando sola) and arrows to form concrete visual/verbal poems; line and color, word and image come together to create new poetic entities. These visually rich mixed-imedia (acrylic, paint marker, oil pastel, collage) pieces are thematically and stylistically charged as well, hinting at influences as disparate as Warhol, Johns, Dubuffet, Twombly, and Basquiat.

Pineda combines vivid color and painterly texture with images from contemporary urban life and handwritten inscriptions to create an ambivalent vision of modern life as exciting and tantalizing, yet overwhelming and even dangerous.

An associated lecture entitled "Contemporary Latin-American Art: An Insider's View" will be given on Wednesday, June 6, 6:00-7:30pm, by the eminent artist and curator Rolando Castellon, formerly of Galeria La Raza and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, now curator at the Galeria Nacional in San Jose, Costa Rica. More information at http://www.g415.com/openhouse/castellon_invitation.htm.)

Gallery 415
49 Geary Street, 4th floor, San Francisco CA 94108
Gallery 415 in San Francisco focuses on modern and contemporary art from Latin America. The gallery program challenges the traditional views of Latin American art and showcases the great range of styles, materials, themes and aesthetics in artistic production from this diverse region. The gallery is located in the Union Square area of downtown San Francisco and is open Tuesday-Saturday, 11:00am-5:30pm.

For more information, please visit www.g415.com or email info@g415.com.  

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