Victor Estrada’s artistic practice spans thirty years and several mediums, among them sculpture, painting, and drawing. His works are an amalgamation of seemingly disparate creative traditions, including the Chicano movement, pop art, and California conceptualism. Shaped by Los Angeles–based artists such as Ed Kienholz and Mike Kelley, his work is itself an important continuation of a tradition with deep roots in the artistic experimentation of post–World War II L.A. Estrada’s practice is defined by an uncanny relationship with materials and a syncretic understanding of image making that merges cartoon aesthetics, punk influences, and figurative illustration. His works picture a vast universe of expressive and delirious forms, creatures, and abstractions that illustrate the artist’s deep commitment to subverting expectations that Black and Brown communities should represent themselves with strategies of realism. Nevertheless, Estrada remains in dialogue with Latinx and Chicano culture, and his works are intimately related to his life, his experiences as part of the vibrant academic community at ArtCenter College of Design, his work as an English teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District during the Reagan era, and his engagement with communities in East L.A. Estrada merges intense tonality, amorphous form, and community memorialization in a practice that manifests limitless imagination and social commitment.
Victor Estrada (b. 1956, Burbank, California) received a BFA in 1986 and an MFA in 1988 from ArtCenter College of Design. He has had solo exhibitions at Peter and Merle Mullin Gallery, ArtCenter College of Design, Pasadena (2022); Mitchell Algus Gallery, New York (2022); and Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles (2019, 2017). Group exhibitions include those at SITE Santa Fe (2018); Vincent Price Art Museum, Monterey Park, California (2011); El Museo del Barrio and Americas Society, New York (2010); Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2008, 2000); Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (1996); Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (1996, 1993); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (1995); Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami (1995); and Frankfurter Kunstverein, Germany (1993).