Gouache on watercolor paper
15 x 10 1/2 in.
38.1 x 26.7 cm
In 2010, Dan McCleary founded Art Division, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing youth aged 18–25 with accessible, affordable arts training and academic support from working artists, filmmakers, writers, educators, and other professionals. Located in the low-income, predominantly Hispanic neighborhoods surrounding historic MacArthur Park, Art Division is also committed to local engagement and building a thriving arts cooperative within the community, presenting exhibitions, public lectures, film screenings, and special events throughout Los Angeles. In 2014, the 5000-volume Art Division Library opened for students, artists, and the community at large.
Luis Serrano is an artist and educator who has worked with Art Division since 2014. Serrano earned a BFA and an MFA at Otis Parsons and has gone full circle to be exhibited alongside his mentor Charles White in 2019 at the LACMA auxiliary gallery. For the past twenty years he has focused on a daily practice of drawing and painting from direct observation as a way to portray his perspectives and lived experiences. His plein air work documents his investigation of nature and the subtle changes in light, movement, patterns and how they are realized into a pictorial form.