Alumni Art Exhibition 2021 - Galileo Gonzalez

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An abandoned building with overgrown grass

The Old Lord's Barber Shop, 2020
Acrylagouache on watercolor Paper
14 x 20 inches

A woman with her arms crossed

Rufina Amaya, 2019
Acrylagouache and Wax Pencil on Panel
24 x 18 inches

A hardcore punk band playing

The Fighting Pride of El Monte, 2020
Acrylagouache and Wax Pencil on Panel
10 x 14 inches

Since the pandemic, my art has been in a state of flux more than ever. However, one thing they all have in common are my surroundings from the past and present. I paint about the places that remind me of home, my Salvadoran heritage, familiar motifs from my upbringings, and my new life in San Antonio. These are things that give me comfort—something that we all have strived for during the 9 months of this hellish pandemic. Even though my subject matter and focus will change as this goes on, nostalgia and familiarity will always be what connects them.

Galileo Gonzalez is a visual artist born and raised in Southeast Los Angeles, and currently resides in San Antonio. He has earned his BFA in Drawing & Painting from California State University, Long Beach. Much of his work deals with his upbringing, the urban surroundings around him, and his Salvadoran heritage. His current work focuses on visually interpreting oral stories from the Salvadoran Civil War, as well as the diaspora that followed through generations. He has exhibited at the PÄS Gallery, AVD Gallery, Cerritos College Art Gallery, Fathom Space, Avenue 50 Studio, Dock Space Gallery, Presa House Gallery, and the Museum of Latin American Art. His work is featured in the Cerritos College permanent art collection, as well as the Enrique Serrato collection.