Tierra del Sol Gallery presents Street Views featuring the work of Tierra Artist, Joe Zaldivar

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Tierra del Sol Gallery presents Street Views of Los Angeles, the first solo exhibition in Los Angeles of Joe Zaldivar. This exhibition shares Zaldivar’s unique universe of Los Angeles cityscapes, giving viewers sophisticated yet playful architectural and cultural perspectives on life in LA.

Zaldivar has been an artist with the Tierra Art Studios since 2011. Like his aesthetic vision, his practice inside the studio is unique. He works with an iPad to find images that excite his imagination, then uses architectural pencils and pens to bring that location to the page, without projection and rarely a ruler. Before he used digital technology to cultivate his creativity, he used Thomas Guide maps to capture space and place.

Zaldivar begins each work in the middle of the paper and works his way to the edges maintaining scale and perspective while adding a stylistically bold and vivid color palette. Reminiscent of David Hockney’s land and cityscapes, and like the works of Manuel Lopez, Zaldivar’s Los Angeles is precise and expansive, colorful and inviting. He documents and extends the architectural wonder of the historic and the mundane. His work puts the viewer in relationship to stories these buildings make and remember, transforming the landscape into a language rather than a rendering.

Joe Zaldivar titled this exhibition at Tierra del Sol and made work specifically about our Chinatown neighborhood. These works depict the creative vitality and cultural richness of our community, built from geometry, artisanship and diversity.

Street Views of Los Angeles opens March 19 and runs through May 7, 2022. Join us for an in-person celebration of Joe and his work on Saturday, March 19, 6-9 pm at our Chinatown gallery location.

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