February 21 - 24, 2018
Opening Reception February 23, 6-8pm
Portrait with my Father and Two Brothers
At Least there is a Roof Overhead
Titled Family Dollar, Family Liquor, the exhibition explores the axis between abstraction and representation through the human figure viewed in quotidian settings. The subjects depicted belong to and are, in part, shaped by a community: city, state, country or family. Family Dollar alludes to the collective purchasing power of individuals in a capitalist society. The terms Family and Liquor serve as a referent for the destabilization of the nuclear family. Family Dollar and Family Liquor are also stores located in my adopted American city of Elizabeth, New Jersey. In this gritty, vibrant urban environment, I identify as a painter that reflects on and embraces the inner turmoil being displaced.
Elmi L. Ventura Mata was born in Chilanga, El Salvador. At the age of 8, he immigrated to the United States. His love for painting blossomed while growing up in Elizabeth, New Jersey from 200\ to 2012. In 2016 he earned a double major in painting and drawing from the Cleveland Institute of Art. Upon completing his undergraduate studies, he enrolled at the Tyler School of Art, where he expects to graduate in 2018 with an MFA in painting.