About the Exhibit - Still Life
Pedro Pedro’s exhibit, Still Life, is his debut show at The Hole, on view July 9 – August 23, 2020.
“This show, Still Life, includes a variety of the artist’s signature imagery from bowls of lumpy lemons to a disheveled chest of drawers. No humans are present in the exhibition as each work is a new take on the still life genre, but also perhaps because these works were all made during COVID quarantine where the artist was alone. We are all starting to emerge from our isolation: is this still life?” (source)
“I just started drawing fruit. They’re around—from cooking or whatever’s in the house. I just took ‘em and bugged out on them. Just warping them in strange ways and giving a more figurative dynamic to these objects.” - Pedro Pedro (source)
“I think you can tell a lot about a person by looking at their possessions. Examining my own helps me understand a little more about myself.” - Pedro Pedro (source)
“I'm really only trying to paint the work as I see it in my head, which tends to put a more exaggerated filter on the subjects” - Pedro Pedro (source)
“While many viewers tell me they feel Peter Saul vibes from the funky shapes and colors, I personally see some Eddie Martinez in the flipped up tables covered with crap; certainly these works are vibrant and exciting and simultaneously humble and human, bringing inventiveness to the quotidian still life.” (source)
About the Artist - Pedro Pedro
Pedro Pedro's super colorful works are created by painting on unprimed linen.
“I feel the textile paint makes an extremely vibrant color on raw linen. It also soaks into the fabric more than a traditional acrylic and has less of a plastic feel.” - Pedro Pedro (source)
He wasn't always a painter...
“Pedro Pedro first found his artistic voice when he lost his left testicle. While recovering from an inguinal orchiectomy (med-speak for the removal of the offending ball), Pedro passed the sterile hours of convalescence painting and drawing on the sheets of his hospital bed. His affinity for painting on fabric followed him out of the hospital and into his then-New York studio. There he began repeatedly creating, warping, and grappling with the human form in dazzling works of numinous depravity.” (source)
Pedro Pedro now lives and works in LA, a simpler life that’s influenced his more recent works.