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Aug. 30, 2012

A painting by Jose Lozano

"Girl Goes Walking" by CSUF graduate José Lozano

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Artist José Lozano, a three-time Cal State Fullerton graduate (B.A. art ’83, M.A. art-drawing and painting ’85, M.F.A art-drawing, painting, printmaking ’88) is coming off a busy summer of exhibitions and right into two more shows just now opening.
 
For the new exhibition “Open Your Eyes/ Abre Los Ojos,” opening tonight at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton, Lozano is guest curator, and a few pieces of his own artwork are also included in the show, which features paintings, drawings, sculpture and works of mixed media.

“To celebrate Fullerton’s Sister City of Morelia, Mexico, guest curator and celebrated artist José Lozano selects revered Mexican and Mexican–American art centered on the state of Michoacan from private collections in Southern California," announces the Muckenthaler on its website.

The opening reception begins at 6:30 p.m., and a special performance of Ballet Folklorico Monte Alban begins at 7 p.m. His "Curator's Walk Through” is scheduled for 6 p.m. Nov. 1.

"I hope this exibit engages the viewer to ponder, analyze, make connections, delight, dismiss, scrutinize and contemplate the diverse works made by Mexican and Chicano artists,” Lozano states in his greeting for patrons.

Next month, Lozano’s colorful works will be exhibited in the group show “NARCOLANDIA... ‘We give you guns, you give us drugs’ ” Sept. 5-22 at Coagula Curatorial, 977 Chung King Road in LA’s Chinatown. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

The show is billed as “a visual dialogue between San Francisco and Los Angeles Artists.” The opening reception is set for 8 p.m. to midnight Sept. 15.
 
Meanwhile, Lozano’s paintings are on exhibit through Sept. 1 at the Fremont Gallery in South Pasadena. Gallery hours for “LOZANO DE LA SOTA VALDES,” which opened Aug. 4, are Monday-Saturday 1-6 p.m. and by appointment Sunday.
 
“I would like people to look at my work as if being let in on a joke, with the punch line sometimes being sweet, sometimes unsettling, bitter, tender – like life,” Lozano said.
 
In June and July, Lozano’s pieces were on display in two group shows, “Local Color,” at Avenue 50 Studio in Highland Park and “NO JOKE, a Group Show” at Coagula Curatorial in Los Angeles.
 
“Legendary East Los Angeles artist Jose Lozano has always walked the line between art and cartooning,” noted the Huffington Post in a June 11 article about the exhibition.

Southland commuters on the Metro Expo Line who pass through the Expo/La Brea Station can see Lozano's “LA Metro Lotería” images any time. His portrayals of people traveling throughout the city can be seen in 44 images on the station art panels that were inspired by more than 200 of his own photographs of Metro riders and installed this spring.

“LA Metro Lotería depicts scenes, people, objects and situations having to do with the Metro riding experience,” Lozano said. “The color and style … are reminiscent of Mexican comic books from my youth and the Sunday comics. My intent is for riders to experience something visually interesting and poetic from what seems to be mundane and ordinary.”

Having his artwork installed on the Metro Expo line has given Lozano “a feeling of immortality.” When visiting the station, “I feel like I'm king of the world,” he said.

Lozano’s drawings and paintings have been exhibited at such venues as the UCLA Hammer Museum, Orange County Museum of Contemporary Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, as well as the CSUF Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana.
 
The Fullerton-based artist also has donated artwork for All the Arts for All the Kids Foundation’s annual art auction, which raises funds for arts programs in Fullerton schools, and is among the artists participating again this year.
 
Lozano is the author and illustrator of the children’s book “Once Around the Block/Una vuelta a la manzana” (Cinco Puntos Press, 2009). Kirkus Reviews noted: “With the skills of a master storyteller, Lozano creates in each page, in alphabetical order, a lively, one-paragraph portrait using words that start with the same initial letter of his characters’ names ...”
 
He is the recipient of a National Foundation for the Arts fellowship, a J. Paul Getty Mid-Career Grant and a California Arts Council grant.

By: Paula Selleck, 657-278-4856

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