Luis Estrada

Luis Estrada’s practice is rooted in painting, drawing and sculpture. Estrada likes to draw  straight from his head and often explores his experiences living in Richmond, California,  sharing “I’ve been in Richmond a long time, 17 year olds, 16, 15, 14, 13, 12 years old. Long  time. A lot of numbers in my head. Richmond has a lot of noise, too many cars, the noise is  every day, every morning, every afternoon, every night. Richmond has a lot of people.” 

A self described weather man, Estrada is interested in natural disasters and powerful climate  phenomenons like tornadoes and hurricanes. He often speaks poetically of the weather, saying  “Number one tornado eating the mud. Tornadoes suck up the air and blow the mud into the  sky and toys fly everywhere. Tornadoes eat the houses.”  

Estrada is an enthusiastic wrestling fan, frequently drawing and sculpting his favorite wrestlers  John Cena and Nicky Bella. He likes to first draw men, then the divas from both American and  Mexican wrestling.  

A strong fixture in the NIAD studio, Estrada enjoys making jokes and working alongside his  best friend, Julio Del Rio, and Studio Facilitator Andres Cisneros Galindo, who is a long term  anchor for Estrada’s work. Estrada has a strong dedication to his work at NIAD. Sharing about  his time at NIAD he says, “I’ve been working at NIAD a long time, working a lot, painting at the  art center with a lot of paint, a lot of watercolors. I’ve been coming 15 years. 15 years I’ve been  working real hard.” 

(Traducción al Español)  

La práctica de Luis Estrada está enraizada en la pintura, el dibujo, y la escultura. A Estrada le  gusta dibujar inspirándose directamente de su cabeza. A menudo, explora sus experiencias de  vivir en Richmond, California. Estrada comparte: “He estado en Richmond por mucho tiempo,  17 años, 16, 15, 14, 13, 12 años. Un largo tiempo. Muchos números en mi cabeza. Richmond  tiene mucho ruido, demasiados autos, el ruido es todos los días, todas las mañanas, todas las  tardes, y todas las noches. Richmond tiene mucha gente”. 

Estrada, que se describe a sí mismo como hombre del tiempo, está interesado en desastres  naturales y fenómenos climáticos poderosos como tornados y huracanes. A menudo habla  poéticamente del clima, diciendo: “El tornado número uno se come el barro. Los tornados  absorben el aire y lanzan el barro al cielo y los juguetes vuelan por todas partes. Los tornados  se comen las casas”. 

Estrada es un entusiasta fanático de la lucha libre, y con frecuencia dibuja y esculpe a sus  luchadores favoritos, John Cena y Nicky Bella. Le gusta dibujar primero a los hombres y luego  a las divas de la lucha libre, tanto estadounidenses, como mexicanos. 

Estrada, un integrante sólido en el estudio de NIAD, disfruta haciendo bromas y trabajar junto  a su mejor amigo, Julio Del Rio, y al facilitador de estudio, Andrés Cisneros Galindo, quien es  un ancla a largo plazo del trabajo de Estrada. Estrada tiene una gran dedicación a su trabajo  en NIAD. Compartiendo sobre su tiempo en NIAD, menciona: “He estado trabajando en NIAD  

durante mucho tiempo, trabajando mucho, pintando en el estudio usando mucha pintura, y  mucha pintura de acuarela. Ya llevo 15 años viniendo. 15 años he estado trabajando muy  duro”.

 

  // Luis’ available work //


recent exhibition history

Murmuration, organized by Alisa Golden // NIAD Online Exhibition // January 2022

Through My Eyes// organized By Scott Hewicker and Cliff Hengst NIAD Art Center 2020

Championship Belt // organized by Deatra Colbert and Ann Meade Mule Gallery San Francisco 2019

Turn To Stone // organized by Em Kettner NIAD Art Center 2019

Hailing From Parts Unknown // organized By Curtis Turner May 2019

Books, Man // organized by Mike Monteiro NIAD Art Center 2019

Redefining Contemporary Art // organized by Courtney Eldridge Depot Steamboat Springs 2019

¡Trio! // Roll Up Project Oakland 2019

Together // organized by Laurie Reid NIAD Art Center 2018

It’s Complicated // organized by Kathleen King NIAD Art Center 2018

The Genre Leaps // organized by Margaret Tedesco NIAD Art Center 2018

Give A Little Take A Little: Real Time & Space at NIAD // organized By Lexa Walsh NIAD Art Center 2018

Reinventing History // NIAD Art Center 2018

Cyrano // organized By Em Kettner NIAD Art Center 2018

Weather Reports // NIAD Art Center 2018

All Of The Light // organized by Gina Borg NIAD Art Center 2017

The Language of Line // organized by Susan Alexander NIAD Art Center 2017

The Fourth Dimension, organized by Marja Galpin van der Loo // NIAD Art Center 2017

We Can Do It! 2 // Hurwich Library, Alliant University San Francisco 2017

Igneous Intrusions // organized by Jon Shibata NIAD Art Center 2017

Curious Weave // organized by Ramekon O’Arwisters NIAD Art Center 2016

Adventure! // organized by Scott MacLeod NIAD Art Center 2015

Absence of Deliberate Silence // organized by Lacey Haslam NIAD Art Center 2015

Wrapped Up In You: NIAD’s Quilts // NIAD Art Center 2015

Making Friends // organized by John Casey NIAD Art Center 2015

City In Motion // NIAD Art Center 2014

Avatar // organized by Justine Frischmann NIAD Art Center 2014

Mud, Honey // NIAD Art Center 2013

You Are Here // organized by Robert Wuilfe NIAD Art Center 2013

Outsider Art // organized by Phil Linhares and OMCA Oakland Airport 2103

recent press

East Bay Express: Art, BART, and the WWE (2019 September)

San Francisco Chronicle: Avatar’: Exhibition At NIAD Art Center(2014 January)

 

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