José Lerma

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b. 1971 Seville, Spain Lives and works in Chicago

José Lerma’s practice investigates painting, and attempts to collapse the historical with the autobiographical. His final works are part art history, part personal mythology, and several recurring themes deal with the tension between the heroic and the pathetic as well as the rise and fall of great figures. While his work is rooted in painting, the final product usually results in elaborate installations that are often created with office materials, musical instruments, and home furnishings.

Solo Exhibitions

José Lerma, Galería Leyendecker, Islas Canarias, Spain

2018 José Lerma – lo e lo, Diablo Rosso, Panama City

La Venida Cansa Sin Ti, Kemper Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO
Museo de Arte Contemporaneo San Juan, Puerto Rico
JOSH REAMES & JOSE LERMA, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Huevolution, Halsey McKay Gallery, East Hampton, NY

La Bella Crisis, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, MI
Gloriosa Superba, Kavi Gupta CHICAGO Washington Blvd, Chicago, IL
Guaynabichean Odyssey, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL
The Unitedstatian, Van Horn Gallery, Düsseldorf, Germany
Los Turistas, Diablo Rosso, Panama, Republic of Panama
European Mixed Masters, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY
Jose Lerma and Josh Smith, Oliver Francis Gallery, Dallas, TX
Robusto Parasite, Roberto Paradise, San Juan, PR

Jose Lerma, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
ARCO Solo projects (with Hector Madera), Madrid, Spain

The Credentialist, Museum of Contemporary Art, Raleigh, NC
Eddie Martinez and Jose Lerma, Halsey McKay Gallery, East Hampton, NY
Jibaro Jizz, Roberto Paradise Gallery, San Juan, PR

The Lightweight, Western Exhibtions, Chicago, IL

I am Sorry I am Perry, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY
Spanish Revival, Galeria Marta Cervera, Madrid, Spain

El Pendejo, Galerie Loock, Berlin, Germany
José Lerma, Green Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

José Lerma: Paintings, Arario Gallery, Seoul, South Korea (catalogue)
José Lerma: New Prints, Marty Walker Gallery, Dallas, TX

The Golden Sea, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY

José Lerma, Xavier Hufkens Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
José Lerma, Galeria Il Capricorno, Venice, Italy

Folklore of Our Times, Andrea Rosen Gallery, Gallery Two, New York, NY

Two Beats Off, Southfirst Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
As if Accepting Defeat, Galería Comercial, Santurce, PR
Anne Schaacte and José Lerma, 1R Gallery, Chicago, IL
Please, Don’t Distort What We Had (with Scott Roberts), 7/3 Split Gallery, Chicago, IL

Art Basel Miami Beach, Art Institutions Project Room, M&M Proyectos, Miami, FL
Lives of the Obscure, Southfirst Gallery, Brooklyn NY
MFA Thesis Show, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

Group Exhibitions

2020 The Figure in Solitude, online exhibition, Kavi Gupta

2019 With a Capital P: Selections by Six Painters, Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL
Your Favorite Artist’s Favorite Artist II, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY

Keep The Lights OnDiablo Rosso, Panama City, PA

Likeness, Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco

In Paper We Trust, The Dot Project, London

American Genre: Contemporary Painting, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
Fake News, River, Los Angeles, CA

Imagine, Brand New Gallery, Milan, IT
The Aging Coconut, Roberto Paradise, San Juan, PR
Terricolas, Art Lab, Santruce, PR
McArthur Binion, Jose Lerma, Angel Otero, Jessica Stockholder, and Tony Tasset, Kavi Gupta, Chicago, IL
Objects In The Rearview Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear, Diablo Rosso Gallery, Panama City, PA

Condensed Matter Community, Synchrotron Radiation Center, Stoughton, WI
Winter Solstice / Little Sun, James Barron Art, Kent, CT

Eric’s Trip, Lisa Cooley Gallery, New York, NY, curated by Cynthia Daignault and Mark Loiacono
Pangaea, Saatchi Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Dallas Biennial, Dallas, TX, curated by Cynthia Daignault and Mark Loiacono
Head, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL
Renuncias y Adopciones, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriquena, San Juan, PR
More Than a Likeness, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX

Paper, Saatchi Gallery, London, United Kingdom (catalogue)
The System of Objects, Curated by Andreas Angelidakis, Deste Foundation, Athens, Greece (catalogue)
19516 Kilometers from Milwaukee, Misako & Rosen, Tokyo, Japan
On Painting Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno, Gran Palma, Canarias, Spain (catalogue)
Cabinet of Threads, Galerie Van Horn, Dusseldorf, Germany
Tandem Press: 25 Years Chazen Museum of Art, Madison, WI (catalogue)
Museo Segovia Lobillo, Malaga, Spain (catalogue)
Impresiones Relieves y Resonacias, University of Puerto Rico, Cayey, PR
Swamp Edgar Allan Poe, Park Center, Bronx, NY, Curated by Kari Adelaide
O te Peinas o te Haces Rolos, La Productora Santurce, PR
Pushing It; Innovative Approaches in Printmaking, Dean Jensen Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

Roberto Paradise Josh Lilley Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Pasiones Contemporaneas, Museo de Arte de Ponce, Ponce, Puerto Rico, curated by Maria de la Serna
The Way In Popular Center, San Juan, Puerto Rico Curated by Io Carrion
Someone Else’s Dream, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL, Curated by John Mckinnon
Idealizing the Imaginary, Oakland U. Art Museum, MI (catalogue)
Chiquitolina La Quince, San Juan Puerto Rico , Curated by Jorge Roman
Michelle Grabner: The Inova Survey Inova, UW-Milwaukee, WI, Curated by John Rippenhoff
Where My Cones At?, Double Break, San Diego, CA, Curated by Ryan Travis Christian
Raw Ille, Fine Arts Amagansett, NY, Curated by Liz Markus
Material Breach, Art Amalgamated New York, NY

Unfinished Paintings, Los Angeles Contemporay Exhibitions (LACE), CA, Curated by Kristin Calabrese
Go Figure, Dodge Gallery, New York, NY, Curated by Eddie Martinez
Green Gallery at 47 Canal, 47 Canal, New York, NY
Handler, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL, Curated by John Rippenhoff
Irritable Abstraction, Julius Caesar, Chicago, IL, Curated by Suzane Doremus
Painting…Expanded, Espacio 1414 Santurce, PR, Curated by Marisol Nieves
Dirt Don’t Hurt, Jolie Laide, Philadelphia, PA Curated by Bill Saylor
Espacio Entre Medio, Chemi’s Room, San Juan, PR
1ra Bienal Tropical, Loiza, Puerto Rico, Curated by Pablo Leon De la Barra
To tell the Truth, Monya Rowe Gallery, Curated by Joe Pfleiger, New York, NY
De Bayamon a La 15, Cart Wash, Santurce, Puerto Rico

Lush Life, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York, NY, Curated by Franklin Evans, Omar Lopez Chahoud
Don’t Piss on my Leg and Tell me it’s Raining, Apex Art, New York, NY
Museos Portatiles, Parking 01 Can Xalant, Contemporary Center, Barcelona, Spain
One for all, Trinity University, Curated by Jessica Halonen, San Antonio, TX
From NY with Love, Don’t Projects, Curated by Glorimarta Linares, Paris, France
Mobile Updates, Sloane, New York, NY, Curated by Amanda Schmittt
Go Figure, The Hogar Collection, Brooklyn, NY
The Power of Selection III, Western Exhibitions, Curated by Travis Chrisitan, Chicago IL
One Degree, Middlesex College, Edison, NJ Curated by Joe Pfleiger and Phillip Vanderhayden

Submerging Artists, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Curated by General Store, Cologne, Germany
Wallgasm, Angstrom Gallery, Curated by John Riepenhoff, Los Angeles, CA
From New York with Love, curated by Glori Linares, Candela Gallery, San Juan, PR
Rattled by the Rush, Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, IL
Objet Petit A, Spoke (With Crisitina Tufino), Curated by Matthew Dupont, Chicago, IL
Good News, Curated by Amanda Schmitt, Porter Butts Gallery University of Wisconsin-Madison
Cadaver Corpse, Space 1028, Curated by Tessa Perutz, Chicago IL

Learning by Doing, curated by Alison de Lima Greene, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, TX (catalogue)
Works from the Permanent Collection, Milwaukee Art Museum, WI
En Sus Marcas, curated by Rebeca Noriega, Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, PR (catalogue)
NY Motion 1.0, curated by Elvis Fuentes and Paco Cano, Instituto Cervantes, New York, NY (catalogue)
Alogon, Alogon Gallery, curated by Gaylen Gerber, Chicago, IL
Ice Cream Show, Loyal Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
Selected Works, Southfirst Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
It’s Not What You Know, It’s Who You Know, (Neutral Capital Collection) Samson Projects, Boston, MA

The S Files, curated by Elvis Fuentes, Museo del Barrio, New York, NY (catalogue)
STUFF, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Collection of Burt Aron, Detroit, MI
VAC Colección Valencia Arte Contemporaneo, Institute Valencia d’art Modern, Spain (catalogue)
Cerca Series (with Neutral Capital Collection), Lui Velazquez Gallery, Tijuana, Mexico
Someday Never Comes, curated by Eddie Martinez, Ziehersmith Gallery, New York, NY
New Labor (as part of Neutral Capital Collection), Leroi Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, NY
Cerca Series (with Neutral Capital Collection), Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA
Second Annual Dining Room Show, sponsored by Andrea Rosen Gallery, Amaganssett, NY
Passport to the Arts, Sponsored by The New Yorker, the Xchange, New York , NY

Farewell to Icon, curated by Maya Schindler and Karl Haendel, Anna Helwing Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Panic Room, curated by Jeffrey Deitch & Kathy Grayson, Deste Foundation, Athens, Greece (catalogue)
Constant Disturbance, curated by Jean Moreno, Centro Cultural Español, Miami, FL
Exposición de Apertura, curated by Julieta Gonzales, Espacio 1414, Santurce, PR
Fresh (auction), Renaissance Society, Chicago, IL
The Lovers (in collaboration with Jesus Bubu Negron), Canada Gallery, New York, NY
2×2, (auction) Dallas Museum of Art, TX

Curvaceous, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY
Alice Neel Project, Robert Miller Gallery, New York, NY
Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL
Monster Painting, Mclain Gallery, Houston, TX (catalogue)
CORE, Glassell School of Arts, Houston, TX (catalogue)

American Violence: Peter Saul and José Lerma, Glandier & Byrne, Paris, France
Sadie Hawkins Dance, Southfirst Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Summer Drawings Some Are Not, curated by Lisa Cooley, Mixture Contemporary Art, Houston, TX
CORE, Glassell School of Arts, Houston, TX (catalogue)

Dinosaurs, Los Medanos College, Oakland, CA
Ensayo, Galeria Comercial, San Juan, PR
Lives of the Obscure, curated by Amalia Culp, Southfirst Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
No Pasa Un Dia…, curated by G. Santamarina, EX-Teresa Arte Actual, Mexico City, Mexico (catalogue)

PR02 [En Ruta], curated by Michelle Marxuach, M&M Proyectos, San Juan, PR (catalogue)

Teeter-Totter, HUB Gallery, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
Catapult, Whatcom Museum of Art, Bellingham, WA
Artists of the New Millennium, juried by James Yood, Rockford Museum of Art, Rockford, IL (catalogue)

Triennial, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, WI (catalogue)
Secrets about Goo, curated by Scott Roberts, Commonwealth Gallery, Madison, WI




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