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Peter Cordova

Drawing on images from his birthplace in the Philippines or his abiding interest in Native American culture, Peter Cordova (b. 1966) uses ink and watercolor to create detailed glimpses into various aspects of these ways of life. Everything is included, from carefully delineated tools and instruments to accurate yet stylized depictions of topography, so that the completed piece emulates an eyewitness account.

"I want to speak for myself through my art. I try to share my heritage with other people." The weight of his line varies to emphasize the important aspects of his complex compositions, but Cordova states "Your art doesn’t have to be perfect all the time. I like the hard ones, the difficult lines."

Cordova is also an accomplished ceramicist. The carefully incised marks that adorn his clay forms–often elaborately worked masks or vessels–echo the precise qualities found in his drawings, while the forms themselves add an element of abstraction to his otherwise representational art practice. 

He has been working at Creativity Explored since 1996. Cordova explains his enthusiasm for greeting and interacting with gallery patrons as such: "If people are not willing to see what you express, how do they know, if you are not telling them?"

Cordova’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. In addition to numerous exhibitions at Creativity Explored, Cordova was featured in Radiant Spaces: Private Domain, Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA in 2004 and Dialogue Project at Funabashi Cure Gallery, Funabashi Cure Gallery, Funabashi, Japan in 2003.

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Selected Exhibitions

2015
Tree of Life, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2014
West Coasts, Museum of La Creation Franche, Begles, France
INK, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Elemental Renditions, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
A Curious Menagerie, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2013
Outsider Artists, Oakland International Airport, Oakland, CA
SIDESHOW, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Breaking Barriers: Bay Area Artists with Disabilities, Marin Community Foundation Offices, Novato, CA
For the Birds, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Peaceable Kingdom: Animals, Real and Imagined , Bedford Gallery, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, CA 94596

2012
Creativity Explored at Ambach & Rice, Ambach & Rice, Los Angeles, CA
Fabulous, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Are We There Yet?, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2011
Hands on Clay, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
SMALL, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Faces, Jack Fischer Gallery, San Francisco, CA
The Masters, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
4 Real 4 Faux Animating the Vernacular, Truman State University Art Gallery, Kirksville, MO
Black and White and Read All Over, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2010
Ritual/Habitual, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Spectrum, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Santos y Otros Creatures, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2009
"Science" Fiction, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
TV and Me, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Legend: Myth and Memory, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2008
Tasty, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2007
Shadowshine, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Naked, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

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

2005
Revenge of Monster, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
The Pink Show, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2004
Spirits and Saints, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Radiant Spaces: Private Domain, Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
You Are Here, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Functionable, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Critters, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Heads n' Tails, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2003
Dialogue Project at Funabashi Cure Gallery, Funabashi Cure Gallery, Funabashi, Japan
Monster, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Fired and Wired, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Japanese Rock n' California Roll, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Lit, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2001
Wonder Woman and Other Miracles, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
New Works on Wood, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

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