Gustavo Rimada, “El Jardin”
Opening Reception: October 5th, 6-8 pm
October 5th – November 3rd, 2019
Haven Gallery is pleased to introduce “El Jardin”, a solo show of acrylic paintings by California based Gustavo Rimada. El Jardin is Rimada’s second solo show at the gallery and will feature fourteen vividly colored and highly detailed artworks. Characterized by graphic aesthetics, Rimada often works with bold color palettes and stylized subjects. His paintings intermingle Mexican visuals, art history and contemporary tattoo culture. Mexican born, but California based, this coupling melds the bridge between his ancestral heritage and his current life in the United States. Oftentimes, Rimada can be found portraying his subjects as both historic and cultural icons laced with symbolic and organic elements such as flowers, skeletons and butterflies. A dynamic dance of history, color and representation that beautifully represents the blending and celebration of two cultures becoming one.
About Gustavo Rimada:
“I was born in Torreon, Mexico, I am the youngest of four. By the age of seven my parents decided to move to California. My memories of Mexico are few, but of those I do remember I was constantly drawing. Whenever, wherever. My mother reminded me of my gift all the time as I grew up. Always encouraging me. She knew before I did what my true passion would become.
I was raised in Indio, California. Growing up I took art classes in school and after graduating from high school, I decided (with the encouragement of family) to move to Santa Monica and attend The Art Institute where I chose to study Computer Animation. While in school 9/11 happened and after that it left me feeling inadequate in my life. I needed something more, my heart wasn’t into art nor school anymore. While walking past an Army Recruitment Office and without any hesitation I went in and sat down. A few hours later I was signed up and to be leaving for boot camp within weeks. I spent three years in the US Army.
It has now been 9 years in this profession. Art has given me so much knowledge of maturity and growth, and I will continue to pursue it with my whole being. It is my air and my life. I would say that in every piece I create I learn something new in what ever the context of the painting brings. Each detail, each decision of color, it has become an education all in its own. Through the years I have had the greatest pleasure working with several galleries all over the country. Another highlight of my career was creating a piece for the San Diego Museum of Art that hung along with some of the finest artists. That was a dream come true.
I am definitely passionate with my painting, and honestly, I love what I do. Wouldn’t trade it for anything. I truly eat, breath and sleep art. ” – Gustavo Rimada