Human figure in gold hue

Luis González Palma, Möbius – Virginal, 2018; photograph on canvas, acrylic paint; 20 x 20 inches; courtesy the artist and Lisa Sette Gallery

Constructed Mythologies: Luis González Palma


October 17, 2019 – January 26, 2020

Thursday through Monday 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
(closed Tuesday and Wednesday)

Holiday Closures –
November 11, 28, 29
December 23 – 27
January 20
Free admission

Constructed Mythologies: Luis González Palma celebrates this prolific and influential Latin American artist, who is well known for an expansive practice investigating the cultural identity of his native Guatemala, sociopolitical constructs, and spirituality to convey complex emotions that define the human condition. His approach is layered with religious iconography, poetry, magical realism, and physical interventions, as well as bold colors and shapes referencing art historical movements. Presenting a selection of artworks spanning two decades, the exhibition captures the evolution of González Palma’s work from formal portraiture and tableaux to his most recent explorations in abstraction, inviting viewers to experience a new way of seeing and feeling.

Constructed Mythologies: Luis González Palma is organized by the SDSU Downtown Gallery. The exhibition and events are sponsored by the School of Art + Design, the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts, and Arts Alive SDSU. Additional support is provided by the San Diego State University Art Council Ambassadors. Special thanks to our community partner, Medium Photo.

About the Artist

Luis González Palma (Guatemalan, b. 1957) studied architecture and cinematography at the Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala, and then later turned to photography. His work has been widely exhibited internationally, including the Municipal Museum of Fine Arts Tandil (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Art Museum of the Americas (Washington, D.C.), Art Institute of Boston, The Art Institute of Chicago, and the Gallery of Contemporary Art (Mexico City, Mexico). His work is included in numerous collections, such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museo de Belles Artes (Buenos Aires, Argentina), the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and Yale University, among others.

The important thing is establishing the relationship between the emotional, figurative portraiture and the abstracted, geometric imagery. These two systems represent our craving to understand the mystery of life from different perspectives.
– Luis González Palma


Thursday, October 17
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Opening Reception with Luis González Palma and guests
SDSU Downtown Gallery

Thursday, November 21, December 19, and January 16
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Downtown at Sundown with the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
SDSU Downtown Gallery

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