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Pablo Calderon

Pablo Calderon (b. 1952, El Salvador) came to the US in his late thirties. Calderon joined the Creativity Explored studio in 2002. A profound studio presence—debating, laughing, whistling, or explaining his work to patrons—Calderon exemplifies the heroic artist’s attitude toward life and method. His work is equally bold, preferring painting grand scale and monumental subject matter. 

Masterfully combining saturated hues in broad strokes, Calderon’s process is based on color and its possibilities. In his paintings of wide-eyed, curly haired subjects (munecas, or dolls), his work is imbued with a kind of ambiguity that invites speculation. He has expanded his subject matter to include different forms of transportation. Elegant, vivid depictions of bicycles and large, bird’s­eye views of trucks flattened out into map­like abstractions dominate this current interest in vehicles. 

CB2 selected Calderon’s paintings of wide­eyed, curly haired subjects (munecas, or dolls) as the basis for a limited edition rug. 

Calderon’s artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally. In 2012, Calderon was the focus of a solo show at Creativity Explored titled Calderon: Nine Years in the Making. Calderon’s work was featured in several prominent exhibitions including Outsider Artists, Oakland International Airport, Oakland, CA, Outside In: The Art of Inclusion, a the Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, Ireland, in 2013, Mapping this Moment, at Cara y Cabezas Contemporary, Kansas City, MO, in 2012, 4 Real 4 Faux Animating the Vernacular, at Truman State University Art Gallery, Kirksville, MO, in 2011, and Radiant Spaces: Private Domain, at the Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, in 2004. 

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Selected Exhibitions

2014
They are full of holy..., Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2013
Outsider Artists, Oakland International Airport, Oakland, CA
Outside In: The Art of Inclusion, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, Ireland
Breaking Barriers: Bay Area Artists with Disabilities, Marin Community Foundation Offices, Novato, CA

2012
Fabulous, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Mapping this Moment, Cara y Cabezas Contemporary, Kansas City, MO
Parallel Visions, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Calderon: Nine Years in the Making, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2011
4 Real 4 Faux Animating the Vernacular, Truman State University Art Gallery, Kirksville, MO

2010
Where Are We?, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2008
INsects INsectos, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2006
Sacred Places, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Vessels, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Drawing the Line, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2005
Aliens: the Green Ones, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2004
Radiant Spaces: Private Domain, Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Functionable, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Critters, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Heads n' Tails, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

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