Arthur Peña: Attempts at Spring/Break Art Show 2019, booth W12
Art saved Arthur Peña’s life. The Dallas native grew up in Oak Cliff, a brutal neighborhood subject to crime, gang violence, and the untimely death of many of his peers. His gratitude at being alive is deeply imbued in the work. Peña’s paintings take time, and their intense, neon vibrancy emanates a kind of joy that celebrates life itself. The process is intuitive: elements and compositions are culled from personal images and scenes or ideas that have become burned into his mind and can’t seem to escape. Each painting is a kind of dramatic unfolding and revealing, injected with a dynamic gestural energy that is echoed by the saturated hues of paint. Wildly human, both personal and universal; his 'Attempts' capture moments and feelings that he is both witness to and storyteller of: some directly tied to his life and some with an empathetic projection of experiences not just his own.