Wiley Wallace’s new body of work, more when then happened is the fragmented narrative of memory. Cartoon figures, medical references, family snapshots, and loaded symbols of fortune and mortality populate his compositions. In his paintings, figures emerge from abstract fluid grounds, while other forms seemingly melt away into rainbow-hued puddles. With a kind of sinister ambiguity, Wallace's brightly toned canvases present open-ended visions: like the shuddering images of a Crackerjack toy, Wallace's transformations move between a before and after possibility.

Wiley Wallace graduated with a BFA from ASU in 2004 and recently earned his MFA from UCSB.  Recognized for his distinct style and exceptional talent, he has been awarded with numerous Grants and Fellowships including the Levitan Fellowship and the Santa Barbara Art Association Award. Having only recently entered into the commercial art world, Wallace has already gained recognition and respect from established galleries and museums, with invitations from the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and the LA Center for Digital Arts.  We are thrilled to have Wallace join us at Cella Gallery.


Wiley Wallace

more when then happened

OPENING RECEPTION:  Saturday, February 14th, 2009, 7 – 11 pm

Exhibition on View:  February 14th - March 14th

           Adiós... adiós, adiós
Borinquen querida
Tierra de mi amor
Adiós... adiós, adiós
Mi diosa del mar...
Mi reina del palmar.
Me voy pero un día volveré
A buscar mi querer
A soñar otra vez
En mi viejo San Juan. 

		-Noel Estrada (1918-1979)

Blurring the lines between representation and abstraction, Miguel Osuna’s landscapes are momentary glimpses or suggestions of familiar vistas, as though they are photographs taken from a moving vehicle. The curvilinear lines and shapes, which appear to abruptly disappear at the canvas’ edge, give the effect that they might extend and spiral around the canvas- projecting a sense of continuous movement

Osuna’s new body of work titled Mi Reina del Palmar or “My Queen of the Palmgrove” has been inspired by lyrics from the song “En mi Viejo San Juan” written by Noel Estrada around 1945.  The song is an anthem of sadness and nostalgia, a pained farewell to Estrada’s native Puerto Rico.  The song gains new poignancy here in Los Angeles, a city filled with transplanted peoples, many Latin American immigrants.  Curiously, the iconic and majestic palm trees that Estrada sings about, and that are now so widely associated with Los Angeles, are themselves transplants. While many immigrants have left their “beautiful island” for good, looking for a better life, the palms are always there to remind them of what they have left behind.  Osuna’s work is a tribute to the longing for places gone and for the love of the city that many now call home.

Born and raised in Mazatlán, Mexico, Osuna received a degree in Architecture from U.A.G. in Guadalajara. He has exhibited throughout North America and Europe. He is widely recognized as one of the preeminent Latin artists working today.  The American University in Washington and the Instituto Cultural de Mexico has acknowledged his work and his paintings hang in the Consulate General of Mexico in San Francisco. He has exhibited in the Museum of Latin American Art here in Los Angeles along with a number of museums throughout Mexico including a solo show at the Museum of Art of Mazatlan.  This is Osuna’s second exhibit with Cella Gallery.
Miguel Osuna
Mi Reina del Palmar

Cella Gallery presents a two-artist show

featuring Miguel Osuna and introducing Wiley Wallace

Miguel Osuna, Ruta Diaria, oil on canvas, 48” x 48”                       Wiley Wallace, cupcakes, acrylic on canvas, 15” x 30”