Paintings by Cymon Padilla
Opening Reception: December 1st, 2018 7pm-11pm
Exhibition: December 1st, 2018 – January 26th, 2019
Leon is excited to present the first solo exhibition of Cymon Padilla’s paintings in Denver, CO. Cymon’s work exudes an irreverent and giddy wit, through the sampling of iconic images that span multiple centuries, while also invoking modern day pop culture. Diverse and dissonant elements are distilled into lean, impactful compositions, which themselves reference various artistic movements such as Dada collage, AbEx formalism, Surrealism, or Pop Art illustration, then morphed by the technological tools of computerized manipulation.
My current body of work aims to fuse disparate elements of our shared visual culture, whether seen through screens connected to vacuum tubes, the pixels on a phone, or the pages of an art history book. Using traditional oil painting techniques to represent collage, digital manipulation, and trompe l’oeil, I combine, collapse, and remix the imitated world onto the flat surface of the picture plane, mashing classical European figurative work with the golden age of Disney, Saturday morning cartoons, pop art, and vintage advertisement.
Cymon Padilla was born in Colorado Springs in 1983. He received his Associate of Arts from Pikes Peak Community College in 2012, and has shown his work regionally ever since. When not at his day job or in the studio, Cymon spends much of his time wondering what his dog is thinking.