Saturday, May 4, 2013


reporter: Miguel Dominguez

Relatively newcomer to SoHo, Artspace Gallery at the Sohotel was the place on March 28th when John de la O had the very enjoyable exhibit of his paintings.

John De La O was born in 1982 in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. While attending Fort Hamilton High School, John pursued art by attending the Saturday program at the Cooper Union School of Art . During the summer time, he also attended life drawing and printmaking classes at the Art Students League. After John graduated from High School, he worked as an intern at the Marlborough Gallery in Manhattan. Later on, John decided to go back to school and pursued an Associates Degree in Fine Arts at Kingsborough Community College. In 2004 John attended the School of Visual Arts as an Illustration Major. John was awarded the Silias Rhodes Scholarship. During his time at SVA John had the opportunity to study under the Head Chair of Illustration Thomas Woodruf.

While attending SVA, John had a few exhibitions with the Bird Beak Collective at the Headquarters Studio in downtown Manhattan. At these exhibitions John debuted his larger and bolder Illustration Series which consists of imagery culled from cartoons, old children’s books and comic books. During this time John embarked on works such as his Film Noir Series, which consists of works on canvas with imagery from pulp movie posters and black and white movie stills. They deal with the subjects of consumption, sexuality, the media and pop culture in general. His first one man show was a private, invite only affair, where he sold several paintings. John continues to live in Brooklyn where he teaches Art to Elementary School kids in a Public School for an After School program.

Artspace Gallery Director Elisabeth Rosso, Artist Esther Rosa, John de la O,
Artspace Gallery Director Catherine Testorf and Artist/Designer Philippe Valy

Philippe, Catherine, Broadway Preformer Tsidii and Elizabeth

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