John Valadez, one of the city's most important voices in Chicano art. Valadez's work both defines and transcends the genre it embodies, as the artist lavishes his finesse in color, landscape, anatomy and symbolism on narrative scenes of everyday life. His work seems to operate along a classical art historical continuum with the grace and gravitas of mythological frieze and Renaissance drama — yet his muses are the regular folk who make life in L.A. so vibrant and exuberant. His career has been defined by awards and accolades but as this lively show (curated by art historian Isabel Rojas-Williams) proves, he's still very much our hometown hero.
Magical realism is the order of the day at Castelli Art Space with "No One More Magical," an exhibition of paintings by