Estamos Bien? (Are We Ok?)
Los Angeles, California
Luis Flores (b. 1985, West Covina, CA) lives and works in Los Angeles. He received his MFA from California Institute of the Arts in 2014 and BA in Art from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2009. Flores's approach to art-making involves a deliberate combination of the mechanics of self-portraiture and fabric material. Flores tackles the subject of what it was like to grow up identifying as a man, and the boundaries therein. He has had solo exhibitions at Salon 94, New York; Matthew Brown, Los Angeles; and Galerie Hussenot, Paris. Select group exhibitions include Estamos Bien: La Trienal 20/21 at El Museo Del Barrio, New York (2021); Painting is Painting’s Favorite Food, South Etna, Montauk, NY (2020); New Images of Man, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles (2020); That Land That I Live In, Matthew Brown, Los Angeles (2019); and People, Jeffrey Deitch, Los Angeles (2019). Flores’ works are included in the collections of the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Joan Mitchell Fellowship, 2022
My work is largely autobiographical and functions as an account of my emotions and experiences, usually related to traumatic experiences within masculine culture. This often takes the form of life-size soft sculptures constructed with hand-crocheted yarn. Through my work, I excavate my past, working the ground beneath me, removing impurities and layers of hard rock, amending and caring for the soil, making room for new ideas that will one day sprout and blossom.”