Having enjoyed over sixty exhibitions to date, Victor Hugo Zayas is best known for his paintings, vigorous depictions of landscapes and cityscapes, as well as still life and figural subjects that mediate between realism and expressionism. He frequently works on a very large scale, rendering otherwise modest subjects – views of industrial buildings, arrangements of flowers – dynamic and heroic. No matter what their size, Zayas’ canvases are rich with paint. Their subdued palette evokes the tonalism of Rembrandt, Velazquez, and Manet, but their expansive, forceful brushstrokes hark back to Titian and even van Gogh. Zayas’ canvases are distinctively modern in their cinematic bravado, but in their evocation of the old masters and their obvious indulgence in painterly physicality, they provide us a respite from the featureless anonymity of the computer screen.
Zayas is equally accomplished as a sculptor, and has realized numerous private and public commissions in the United States and Mexico. Zayas’ metal sculpture is entirely abstract, tending to geometric forms composed of intricately assembled linear elements. With his paintings, however, the sculptures share a structural exuberance and a compositional confidence grounded in the artist’s powerful sense of form.
January 2015 – Group Exhibition, Abmeyer + Wood Fine Art, Seattle WA August 2015- Solo Exhibition, Abmeyer + Wood Fine Art, Seattle WA October 2015 through January 2016, Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), Solo Exhibition, Long Beach, CA November 2015 – Solo Exhibition, saltfineart, Laguna Beach, CA
2014 CUEROS, saltfineart, Laguna Beach, California
2013 AIRE, saltfineart, Laguna Beach, California GRID, Abmeyer + Wood Fine Art, Seattle WA
2012 VHZ: Mi Obra. Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA. Solo Exhibit of paintings and sculpture featuring Violence Transformed into Art: Gun Series collaboration with the LAPD. February 26 – April 29, 2012.
2011 Kinetic, saltfineart, Laguna Beach, California
2010 Naples Fine Art Center, “The return of Mexican Masters”, October 22, 2010 MOLAA (Museum of Latin American Art), Permanent Collection Acquisition. Astrophysiological Structure #11, Self Portrait, Sculpture Unveiling. August 12, 2010. MOLAA (Museum of Latin American Art), Permanent Collection Acquisition. Astrophysiological Structure, Study #31, Original Concept Drawing 1995. MOLAA (Museum of Latin American Art), Permanent Collection Acquisition. Three-Line-Figure Sculpture. Ford Theatre, Hollywood, CA. J.A.M. session led master painter Victor Hugo Zayas, narrated by Gregorio Luke. June 7, 2010 Group Exhibit. SCAPE Southern California California Art Projects and Exhibitions, Corona Del Mar, CA. Common Ground. May 6, 2010, June 7, 2010
2009 Victor Hugo Zayas – Wall Sculptures – Constellations. Solo Exhibit. SCAPE Gallery, Corona Del Mar, CA. October 2009 – November 2009. MOLAA (Museum of Latin American Art), Live Auction, October 2009.
2008 Sculpture Project MTA, Wilshire. November 2007 – March 2008.
2007 Group Exhibit. Patricia Faure Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Avenue B7, Santa Monica, CA. Sculpture Exhibition, June 9 2007. Solo Exhibit. Latino Art Museum, Pomona, CA. Sculpture Exhibition “Figures-Figuras”, June-July, 2007. Lecture by Gregorio Luke, Director of Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA. June 30, 2007
2006 Group Exhibit. Laguna Art Museum. June 10, 2006
2005 Solo Exhibit. META Art Event. September 24, 2005. Solo Exhibit. Gallery C. “New Paintings”. June 2 – July 23, 2005. L.A. Weekly pick of the week A Private Evening with LACMA Curator, Noellie Roussel. July21, 2005. Solo Exhibit. Pacific Club. Hispanic Education Endowment Fund. April 30, 2005.
2004 Couturier Gallery. Group Exhibition. “Present Art XI”. December 3 – January 6 2005. Gallery C. Group Exhibition. “See California Now”. Special Curator: Peter Frank. September 16 – October 3. Chapman University. The Henley , Argyros Forum. February 27 – April 30.
2003 Solo Exhibit. Claremont Latino Art Museum, Claremont, CA. “Walking LA”, November 8. Group Exhibit. Claremont Latino Art Museum, Claremont, CA. 2003 Biennale. October 7 – November 1. Group Exhibit. Latino Art Museum, Pomona, CA. Press Awards 2003 Latino Art Biennale. September 9 – September 27. Pomona Solo Exhibit. Oaks/Blenheim Exhibitions. Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park, San Juan Capistrano, CA July 17 – July 20. Solo Exhibit. March 5. Mission San Luis Rey de Francia, Oceanside, CA Solo Exhibit. Kidspace Museum, Pasadena, CA
2001 Group Exhibition. Living with LA Art an Acquired Taste. Los Angeles, CA. June 15 – July 13. Solo Exhibit. Anastia, Laguna Beach, CA. “Passionate View of New York City”. October 20 – November 28.
2000 “MOLLA” in celebration to Buena Vista Social Club. Cuba “Serenata” Exhibit Mexicana. Gala Del Milenio Art. Los Angeles, CA. April 15.
1999 Solo Exhibit. 121 Space, Pasadena, CA. “Sculpture”
1998 Solo Exhibit. Peter Blake Gallery – Paintings Exhibition, Laguna Beach, CA. “Untitled” Solo Exhibit. Casa de la Cultura. Uruapan, Michuacan, Mexico. “Untitled”
1997 Solo Exhibit. Mendenhall Gallery, Pasadena, CA. “Nocturnal”
1996 Solo Exhibit. Museo de Arte, Queretaro, Mexico. “State of Form”. “Movimiento”, July 4. Solo Exhibit. The General Consulate of Mexico, Los Angeles. “Espacios”. September 13. The Gail Michael Gallery. “Erotic & the Sublime”. August 29. Group Exhibit. Tirage Art Gallery. Glendale, CA Solo Exhibit. SOMA Gallery, La Jolla, CA. October. Williamson Gallery. Drawn form Los Angeles. April 21 – June2 The General Consulate of Mexico, The Mexican Tourism Office, Garza Group Communications, Studio. “Espacios”. January 12 Auction. Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA
1995 Group Exhibit. Mexico City, Mexico. OMR – Ortiz Monasterio Solo Exhibit. Sun Valley, Idaho Solo Exhibit. Seattle, Washington
1994 Group Exhibit. Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA Group Exhibit. Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, CA 92651. “Untitled”.October 14-22 Group Exhibition. Millard Sheets Gallery, 1101 W. McKinley, Pomona, CA 91769. September 9 – October 2 Group Exhibition. Newport Harbor Art Museum, 850 San Clemente Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660. “Night of the Masque”. September 8 – October 1 Solo Exhibition. Valerie Miller Fine Art Building, Los Angeles, CA. “Paisajes ’94”. April 23-May 12 Solo Exhibition. The Works Gallery, Crystal Court, South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bear Street, 3 rd Floor, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. A portion of the proceeds to benefit the Laguna Artist Fire Relief Fund established by the Laguna Art Museum. “Fuego: New Works by Victor Hugo Zayas”. January 8 – February 26 Group Exhibition. Galleria Ortiz Monasterio, Plaza Rio de Janeiro 54, Col. Roma, Mexico City, Mexico, 06700. “Neo?” January 26 – February 26.
1993 Group Exhibition. Group Exhibition. The Works Gallery, 106 West Third Street, Long Beach, CA 90802. February 28 – March 11.
1992 Three Person Exhibition. Juried by Peter Frank. Angel’s Gate Cultural Center (AGCC). 3601 S. Gaffey St., Bldg. A, San Pedro, CA 90731. “Solo Series of Three” AGCC 1991 Members Exhibition Award Recipients. March 8 – May 3. Group Exhibition. La Banda Gallery. Loyola Marymount University, 7101 W. 80 th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90045. “Obliquities; Los Angeles”. Open Studio Tour. Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE). 804 Industrial Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021
1991 Group Exhibition. Barnsdall Art Park. Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA “Urban Landscapes I”. May 7 – June 23. Group Exhibition. Jan Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. “A Summer”. Solo Exhibition. Jan Turner Gallery, 8000 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046. “L.A. Transformations Recorded”. January 19 – February 9. Group Exhibition. “Members Exhibition”. Fellowship Award Recipient. Angel’s Gate Cultural Center (AGCC), 3601 S. Gaffey St., Bldg, A, San Pedro, CA 90731. May 19 – July 7. Open Studio Tour. Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), 804 Industrial St., Los Angeles, CA 90021
1989 Solo Exhibition. Iturralde Gallery, 7592 Fay Avenue, La Jolla, CA ART-LA ’89 Los Angeles International Art Fair. Diane Nelson Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA 926511988 Group Exhibition. Iturralde Gallery, 7592 Fay Avenue, La Jolla, CA. February 12 – March 22. Group Exhibition. Las Casa Del Arte, La Jolla, CA
1987 Solo Exhibition. Art Source LA, 671 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA Group Exhibition. Francine Elman Gallery Group Exhibition. Karl Bornstein Gallery, 1658 10 th Street, Santa Monica, CA Group Exhibition. Modern Objects, Los Angeles, CA
1986 Solo Exhibition. United States International School of Performing and Visual Arts, San Diego, CA