Nery Gabriel Lemus

Nery Gabriel LemusArtist’s Statement

My work explores issues around race and family- not in the narrow sense, but in a broader sense that is ultimately about society’s role (or even responsibility) to advance human dignity. My art frequently attempts to identify parallels within cultures and question the division’s people have. I’m interested in creating art that not only functions within the context of the white box but involves society or functions in a public context. I believe this to be essential to an artist working with social issues.

Perhaps my biggest contention lies in the rationale that identity is fixed- that somehow we can fall into a category that is not susceptible to change as we encounter various cultures. That being said, I have allowed my art to become a vehicle for the documentation of a different model- a model that includes the hybrid and the initial point of conversation. I’m also interested in mining cultural signifiers that produce familiar narrative spaces as apposed to being characterized by a particular formal style.



Select Solo Exhibitions

Biola University, La Mirada, CA

A Hero Ain’t Nothin’ but a Sandwich , Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Until the Day Breaks and Shadows Flee , Project Row Houses, Houston, TX
Black is Brown and Brown is Beautiful , Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions

Fútbol: The Beautiful Game , Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles, CA

dia a dia / day by day, The 9.99 / Gallery, Guatemala City, Guatemala

Made in L.A., UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA


Border Art Biennial 2010 , El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, TX

Select Community-based Projects

Rise: Love. Revolution. The Black Panther Party, Art Share LA, Los Angeles, CA

“The Landscape is Changing”, Mural commissioned by the Armory Center for the Arts at John Muir High School in collaboration with Mustangs on the Move students.

The Seventh House (Round 33) , Project Row Houses, Houston, TX

Select Fellowships and Awards

Amory Teaching Fellowship
The Rema Hort Mann Foundation Award 2013

C.O.L.A. Individual Artist Fellowship, 2012-2013


MFA, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California

BFA, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA