ARTIST: RUBEN ESPARZA

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Artist Bio

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Ruben Esparza is an artist and independent curator based in Los Angeles. Esparza’s practice spans painting, drawings, and digital work, mixing it with elements of Conceptualism, ethnicity and Queer Culture. His curatorial work focuses on under-represented artists primarily in the queer and ethnic communities.

His work is included as part of the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the Santa Barbara Museum, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, Illinois, among others. He has created events and curated exhibitions across the United States, Latin America, and Europe.

Ruben is the founder and Lead Curator of the Queer Biennial anchored in West Hollywood, New York, Mexico, Miami, Paris, and Zürich.

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Digital Flux Mostly Cocks (LOADS from LALA) ), 2016. Color digital graphic. Dimensions variable.

 

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Digital Flux Mostly Cocks (haAte IntO Ca$h! ©)), 2016. Color digital graphic. Dimensions variable.
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Digital Flux Mostly Cocks (Pepsi on Sunset Strip), 2016. Color digital graphic. Dimensions variable.
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Digital Flux Mostly Cocks (Felix & Flora), 2016. Color digital graphic. Dimensions variable
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Digital Flux Mostly Cocks (Domestic Jon Vaz Gar), 2016. Color digital graphic. Dimensions variable.
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Digital Flux Mostly Cocks (Viva Mecos) ), 2016. Color digital graphic. Dimensions variable.
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Digital Flux (Octo-Warhola), 2016. Archival ink on 100% rag paper. 6 x 31 in (154.94 x 78.74cm). Signed, dated and numbered 1/10.
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Digital Flux (ASCO$ INFINITOS), 2017.   Archival ink on 100% rag paper. 6 x 31 in (154.94 x 78.74cm). Signed, dated and numbered 1/10.

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When asked “What does Balaclava.Q mean to you?”

Esparza responds “BALACLAVA is a state-of-mind, a messy, sticky, sweaty, salivating, pulsating virtual PLEASURE DOME — Pinpointing on the LAVENDER map a QUEER UTOPIA, where Queer Artistry flourishes in VERTIGINOUS ABANDON.”

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Self Portrait (2015)

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You can explore more of Esparza’s projects and work on the following platforms.

www.queerbiennial.com /www.rubenesparza.com

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Press & Promo

http://www.advocate.com/art/2017/3/23/here-there-everywhere-latinx-lgbtq-art-los-angeles

https://www.facebook.com/events/704596939711339/

http://www.artnews.com/2016/08/15/eros-and-elegy-on-l-a-s-queer-moment/

http://artillerymag.com/queer-biennial-ii/

http://www.advocate.com/art/2016/12/12/queer-queer-year-la-art-world

http://www.advocate.com/art/2016/4/29/queer-biennial-ii-art-and-action-through-generations

http://www.laweekly.com/arts/an-art-show-marks-the-end-of-an-iconic-gay-bookstores-decades-long-run-6991347

http://issuu.com/redstudios/docs/–queerbiennialfnl

http://www.laweekly.com/event/queer-biennial-i-4787011

http://fabrik.la/art-in-queer-la/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zStp7PMtAE

http://www.advocate.com/arts-entertainment/art/2014/11/27/art-edge-warm-climate

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/gay-south-florida/article4243802.html

http://www.advocate.com/arts-entertainment/art/2014/11/30/photos-behind-scenes-queer-biennial-i

https://www.pinterest.com/ruben_esparza/queer-biennial-ii/

gayletter.com/queer-biennial-i-at-miami-art-basel/

http://wouf.it/fr/Tom-of-Finland-Presents-Slava-Mogutin-Brian-Kenny-71331

http://ec2-50-19-113-57.compute-1.amazonaws.com/mia/articles/show/41475http://www.hotspotsmagazine.com/2014/11/25/13th-annual-art-basel-miami-beach/

http://www.advocate.com/arts-entertainment/art/2015/06/01/galleries-femo

www.advocate.com/arts-entertainment/art/…/galleries-femo

 

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