UPCOMING SOLO EXHIBITIONS
All About That Werk is Raul’s first solo show in Houston since 2013. It features work that has been shown recently in San Antonio, Austin, Oklahoma, and Ohio as well as new work created for this space. Those who are familiar with Raul’s work will notice that while his materials and delivery may have changed, the themes present in his work—family, work, music, construction, abstraction—remain unchanged.
The exhibition reflects the artist’s identity as a stay-at-home parent to two young daughters and his effort to break down social and cultural stereotypes. Through the combination of mixed-media paintings, drawings and prints, Raul offers a personal look into his day-to-day life as a working artist and father. This series includes highly rendered drawing-painting combinations on concrete fragments and other work site materials where construction scene imagery is combined with color and abstraction.
Many of his drawings were create during a two-week studio residency at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts earlier this year.
In addition to his self-narrative work, Raul explores the same subjects through color, mark-making, and form in several abstract paintings included within the exhibition. Raul describes his abstract paintings as the “galaxies” where all his ideas and emotions can be expressed beyond the literal depiction in his other work.
For the opening reception, Raul will recreate his performance, “Self Portrait: Children’s Book Storyteller & Dancer,” which he recently performed at Dorf Gallery during the West Austin Studio Tour. He will alternate from reading two of his daughters’ favorite books to busting out some dance moves atop one of his iconic duct-tape paintings.
CURRENT AND UPCOMING
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
June 15 – August 26, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, June 15, 6-9pm
419 Congress Ave | Austin, TX 78701
|artwork showing at Mexic-Arte Museum - Austin, TX|
Young Latino Artists 23: Beyond Walls, Between Gates, Under Bridges marks the 23rd year for this annual exhibition dedicated to the professional development of emerging Latinx artists and curators. YLA 23 is inspired by the significant social changes that have taken place along the U.S.–Mexico border over the last 20 years.
Featured artists will explore varied themes including issues of restriction, censorship, revolt, and hope as a catalyst for change.
Embedded into our beings, are the dreams of our parents and abuelitos. We are their living aspirations, their yearning hours of devotion for a creative opportunity. Molded with stories of hardship and struggle, religious upbringing, the smell of tortillas and sound of cumbias, young Latin artists today understand how crucial their creative role is in maintaining traditions and forging new ones. Beyond Walls, Between Gates, Under Bridges is a visual demonstration of who we are and the numerous obstacles of adversity we Latinxs, have endured and will continue to overcome.
YLA 23 Featured Artists Lisette Chavez (San Benito, TX), Evelyn Contreras (Santa Barbara, CA), Adrian Delgado (San Francisco, CA), Raul Gonzalez (Houston, TX), Alejandro Macias (Brownsville, TX), Juan Mora (Jalisco, MX), Andrew Ordonez (Fort Worth, TX), Natalia Rocafuerte (Campeche, MX), Abel Saucedo (El Paso, TX), Ana Treviño (Galveston, TX), and Jose Villanueva (San Luis Potosi, MX).