Wexler Gallery

Roberto Lugo

  • Texture Vessel, 2019
    ceramic
    18 x 8 x 5.25 in
  • Texture Vessel, 2019
    ceramic
    18 x 8 x 5.25 in
  • Texture Box, 2019
    ceramic
    6 x 10 x 9 in
  • Texture Box, 2019
    ceramic
    6 x 10 x 9 in
  • Deconstructed Jordan Bowl, 2019
    ceramic
    6 x 21.5 x 8 in
  • Deconstructed Jordan Bowl, 2019
    ceramic
    6 x 21.5 x 8 in
  • Deconstructed Jordan Bowl, 2019
    ceramic
    6 x 9.5 x 7.75 in
  • Deconstructed Jordan Bowl, 2019
    ceramic
    6 x 9.5 x 7.75 in
  • Deconstructed Jordan Bowl, 2019
    ceramic
    4.5 x 9 x 7.75 in
  • Deconstructed Jordan Bowl, 2019
    ceramic
    4.5 x 9 x 7.75 in
  • Texture Bowl, 2019
    ceramic
    6 x 10 x 10 in
  • Texture Bowl, 2019
    ceramic
    6 x 10 x 10 in
  • Afro-Puertoricans: Slaves, 2019
    Acrylic and resin on canvas
    36 x 48 in
  • Juano Hernandez, 2019
    Acrylic and resin on canvas
    36 x 48 in
  • Pitbull Composition, 2019
    Acrylic and resin on canvas
    48 x 48 in
  • Afro-Puetroricans: Family, 2019
    Acrylic and resin on canvas
    48 x 48 in
  • Same Sorrow: Difference Breakfasts, 2019
    Acrylic and resin on canvas
    48 x 60 in
  • Self Portrait: Without Wax, 2019
    Acrylic and resin on canvas
    48 x 60 in
  • Philly Shrine (1), 2019
    Acrylic and resin on canvas
    48 x 36 in
  • Column Composition 1-3, 2019
    Earthenware, paint, and plastic
    Dimensions variable
  • Stuntin' Bowl 13, 2019
    Earthenware and acrylic paint
    14 x 25 x 25 in
  • Stuntin' Bowl 13, 2019
    Earthenware and acrylic paint
    14 x 25 x 25 in
  • Stuntin' Bowl 14, 2019
    Earthenware and acrylic paint
    16 x 11 x 11 in
  • Stuntin' Bowl 14, 2019
    Earthenware and acrylic paint
    16 x 11 x 11 in
  • Melting Pot (II), 2018
    Melting Pot (II), 2018
    Porcelain, china paint, luster
    23 x 11 x 11 in
  • Melting Pot (II), 2018
    Melting Pot (II), 2018
    Porcelain, china paint, luster
    23 x 11 x 11 in
  • Pulitzer: Kendrick and Gwendolyn, 2018
    Pulitzer: Kendrick and Gwendolyn, 2018
    Earthenware and china paint
    14 x 14 x 25 in
  • Pulitzer: Kendrick and Gwendolyn, 2018
    Pulitzer: Kendrick and Gwendolyn, 2018
    Earthenware and china paint
    14 x 14 x 25 in
  • Stunting: Clean Joint, 2018
    Stunting: Clean Joint, 2018
    Porcelain, china paint, luster
    8 x 10.5 x 10.5 in
  • Stunting: Clean Joint, 2018
    Stunting: Clean Joint, 2018
    Porcelain, china paint, luster
    8 x 10.5 x 10.5 in
  • Stunting: Pump II, 2018
    Stunting: Pump II, 2018
    Porcelain, china paint, luster
    8 x 11 x 11 in
  • Stunting: Pump II, 2018
    Stunting: Pump II, 2018
    Porcelain, china paint, luster
    8 x 11 x 11 in
  • Stunting: Dikembe Mutombo , 2018
    Stunting: Dikembe Mutombo , 2018
    Porcelain, china paint, luster
    7.5 x 11 x 11 in
  • Stunting: Dikembe Mutombo , 2018
    Stunting: Dikembe Mutombo , 2018
    Porcelain, china paint, luster
    7.5 x 11 x 11 in
  • Stunting: 3's (I), 2018
    Stunting: 3's (I), 2018
    Porcelain, china paint, luster
    6.5 x 11 x 11 in
  • Stunting: 3's (I), 2018
    Stunting: 3's (I), 2018
    Porcelain, china paint, luster
    6.5 x 11 x 11 in
  • Double Dribble Dragon, 2018
    Double Dribble Dragon, 2018
    White earthenware and china paint
    19 x 19 x 2.5 in
  • Double Dribble Dragon, 2018
    Double Dribble Dragon, 2018
    White earthenware and china paint
    19 x 19 x 2.5 in
  • Angry Mob of Peaceful Protestors: Roberto Lugo, 2019
    Acrylic and resin on canvas
    60 x 48 in
  • Colin and a Queen, 2018
    Colin and a Queen, 2018
    Terra cotta, china paint, luster
    11 x 6.5 x 17 in
  • Colin and a Queen, 2018
    Colin and a Queen, 2018
    Terra cotta, china paint, luster
    11 x 6.5 x 17 in
  • Sleeping With The Fishes, 2018
    Sleeping With The Fishes, 2018
    Porcelain, china paint, luster
    10 x 10 x 12 in
  • Sleeping With The Fishes, 2018
    Sleeping With The Fishes, 2018
    Porcelain, china paint, luster
    10 x 10 x 12 in
  • Sibby Sevres, 2018
    Sibby Sevres, 2018
    Porcelain, china paint, luster
    8.5 x 6.5 x 15 in
  • Right On, 2018
    Right On, 2018
    Terra cotta, china paint
    10.5 x 7 x 6 in
  • Blood and Crip Salt and Pepper Shakers (Snap), 2017
    Porcelain, slip
    Heads: 3.5 x 5 x 5.5 in (each)
    Shipping container stand: 4 x 11 x 4 in
  • Fred Sanford (Redd Foxx) / Freddie Gray Urn, 2017
    Porcelain, china paint, gold luster
    9 x 9 x 16.5 in
  • Fred Sanford (Redd Foxx) / Freddie Gray Urn, 2017
    Porcelain, china paint, gold luster
    9 x 9 x 16.5 in
  • Do You Know How Hard It Is To Get A Black Man Through High School?, 2019
    Earthenware and acrylic paint
    66 x 32 x 32 in
  • Do You Know How Hard It Is To Get A Black Man Through High School?, 2019
    Earthenware and acrylic paint
    66 x 32 x 32 in
  • Kendrick Lamar, 2019
    Earthenware, hydrographic paint, and epoxy
    14 x 14 in
  • Self Portrait II, 2019
    Earthenware, hydrographic paint, and epoxy
    14 x 14 in
  • New Slaves: The Cycle Continues (Della Robske series), 2017
    White earthenware, slip, china paint, luster
    35 x 35 x 5 in
  • Jose and Child (Della Robske series), 2017
    White earthenware, slip, china paint, luster
    26.5 x 18.5 x 3 i
  • New Slaves, 2017
    Digital print on paper
    Paper Dimensions: 66.25 x 44 in
    Framed Size: 70.75 x 46.75 x 2 in
  • Panda: Eats Shoots And Leaves, 2017
    Digital print on paper
    Dimensions: 41.5 x 55.25 in
    Framed Size: 44.5 x 58.25 x 2 in
  • Portrait Bust: Roberto Lugo, 2017 (Collaboration with Yelizaveta Massalimova Cunningham)
    Porcelain, luster, underglaze, china paint
    14.5 x 10 x 24 in

Artist Statement

I am a potter, social activist, spoken word poet, and educator. All of these roles are rooted in my childhood. Having had no formal music or art training, I often practiced table drumming and writing hip-hop lyrics as it was customary to “battle rap” during lunch Instead of art class, I drew in my composition book, and marked every wall that I could. “Graffiti” was a way to get my name into the community, to attain a local fame.

Today my graffiti is defacing social inequality I teach communities to make mosaic murals to honor victims of gun violence. I see my pottery as a process of transforming the ground we walk on into something we eat from;  we search all day for the perfect spot to put it on display. In many ways this transformation of tragedy into triumph is a metaphor for my life’s story.

My experiences as an indigent minority inform my version of Puerto Rican American history. With my education in critical theory, art education, art history, and studio art I have developed a studio practice that fluidly communicates with diverse audiences. I bring art to those that do not believe they need to see it and engage in deeper ways of knowing, learning and thinking.

 

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