Linda Arreola

Linda ArreolaArtist’s Statement

Influenced by the ancient architecture of Mesoamerica and the sleek lines of modernist design, I create geometric abstract paintings that explore spatial arrangements using an elemental and minimalist sensibility. They are a combination of scared geometry and minimalism where the beauty of the mathematical meshes with the poetics of space.

With a background in sculpture and architecture, I think of my paintings as constructions. Color, line and other elements are layered and arranged rather than rendered. The use of a grid as a foundation creates structure, allows for chaos and suggests a three dimensionality. I believe when things are at their most elemental, they reveal to us their essence.

My latest work has brought me closer to exploring structure and spirituality. The work more directly references architecture through the use of horizontal and vertical bands of elemental color. These vertical and horizontal forms refer to the foundational elements: the post and beam. Through their intersections they create portals or gateways into the mystery of unknown dimensions and are inspired by personal and socially engaging events.



Select Solo Exhibitions from 2008 – 2016

Architect of the Abstract, Vincent Price Art Museum, Monterey Park, California

Linda Arreola, Walter Stafford Library, Pasadena College, Pasadena, California

Vaguely Chicana, Tropico De Nopal Art Space, Los Angeles, California

Select Group Exhibitions 2010 – 2016

Transitional Realities, Fullerton College Art Gallery, Fullerton, California
Remembrance Past & Future, Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard, California

Aqui Estamos/We Are Here, California Chicano Art, Cabrillo College Art Gallery, Aptos California

Notes from the Chicano Sublime, Avenue 50 Studio, Los Angeles, California
Imaginary Sounds, Eagle Rock Hub Gallery, Eagle Rock, California

Small Works, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Bergamont Station, Los Angeles, California
Chicanos Y Que, Plaza De La Raza Gallery, Los Angeles, California
Seven Beauties, Avenue 50 Studio, Los Angeles, California

Rock Paper Scissors, Coagula Curatorial, Los Angeles, California
Local Color, LAC+USC Medical Village, Los Angeles, California

Abstraction, Seaver Gallery, Marlborough School, Los Angeles, California
“4”, Tropico De Nopal Art Space, Los Angeles, California

COLA, L.A. Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, California
archiTECHtonica, University of Colorado at Boulder Art Museum, Boulder, Colorado
The Power of Then, Museo De Las Americas, Denver, Colorado

Fellowships and Awards

California Community Foundation, Artist Fellowship Award, Los Angeles, California

COLA, City of Los Angeles Individual Artist Fellowship Award, Los Angeles, CA

Durfee Foundation ARC Grant, Artists’ Resource for Completion Grantee

Public Artwork

Public Altar, White Memorial Hospital – Pennsylvania Ave, Eastside Access Project, Metro Los Angeles

East Los Angeles Civic Center Main Plaza, Sculptural Seats, Los Angeles County of Public Works


Master of Architecture 1991
UCLA, Los Angeles, California

Master of Arts 1985
California State University, Los Angeles

Bachelor of Arts 1980
California State University, Los Angeles