Meet the Artist - Heriberto Luna

 Photography by  Abel Gutierrez

Photography by Abel Gutierrez

LORE Media is proud to present collaborating artist for the Scottsdale Dia de los Muertos at the Old Adobe Mission, Heriberto Luna. Born in Mexico City in 1976, Heriberto Luna immigrated to the United States a year after. Of 6 children, he is the second to the youngest. Heriberto Luna comes from a colorful background. His grandfather was one of Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata’s soldiers, and his father was in the Mexican army. His grandmother was a Mayan shaman, fluent in two indigenous languages.


 

LORE MEDIA - Shared Video

LORE Productions shares the LA-Artist.com film, produced by Oliver L. Shipley, about artist Heriberto Luna. Mr. Luna is a contributing artist of the Scottsdale Dia de los Muertos at the Old Adobe Mission with LORE Productions.

 

Graduating from Franklin High School, in Los Angeles, Luna was surrounded by gangs but found his salvation at age 16 in the arts. At La Tierra de la Culebra, an urban art park in North East LA, he developed his skills as an earth sculptor and painter. Combined with his passion for performing Aztec dancing as both a dancer and a drummer, the artistic exposure gave him focus and strengthened his resolve to rise above the bad circumstances around him.

During 2002 and 2005 Luna apprentice on major mural projects with L. A’s most influential muralist team the East Los Streetscapers, and artist Paul Botello. Luna met Los Angeles artist Margaret Garcia and in 2002 he apprenticed with her and with New Mexico Master artist Pola Lopez. The result of all that hard work is clear, as Luna has exhibited in over 35 major Museums thus far, among them such prestigious locations as: The Santa Monica Museum of Art, The National Mexican Fine art Museum in Illinois and The Museum of History and Art in Ontario, California. Beyond that, Luna’s works have become part of major art collections at Arizona State University and in 2006 Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa presented him with an award of recognition for his accomplishments in the arts; Luna has also been awarded two artist-in-residence grants from the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs department. As his art career continues to bloom, Luna remains dedicated to under privilege youths, he is currently teaching arts classes for Theatre of Hearts and serves as a mentor.

Heriberto Luna’s success is measurable on many different levels yet what makes him most proud is seeing the young people that he has worked with turn to the community and become mentors themselves. Some have gone on to achieve gallery and museum showings as well. Withal, Luna’s bold colors juxtaposed with ancient inspiration and strong commitment to the future of his community bring a powerful and profound statement to the art world and beyond. Scottsdale Dia de los Muertos at the Old Adobe Mission is truly excited to have Mr. Luna involved with our celebration.

Selected Group Exhibitions

2014 Santa Monica Museum of , 10th Annual Incognito Auction, Santa Monica, CA 2013 The Autry National Center Museum, Day of The Dead, Skulls Exhibit , Los Angeles, CA 2013 The DA Gallery center for the arts, Aztlan The Next Decade Con Safos, Pomona, CA 2013 Museum of History and Art, Ontario Jury Art Exhibition, Ontario, CA 2013 Santa Monica Museum of Art, 9th Annual Incognito, Santa Monica, CA 2012 Ave 50 studio gallery ,The 8th annual holiday sale, CA 2012 La Galeria Gitana, Equinox Solstice, San Fernando,CA 2012 The Autry National Center Museum, Day of The Dead, installation , Los Angeles, CA 2012 The Museum of History and Art of Ontario, El Dia De La Muertos, Ontario, CA 2012 Museum of Contemporary Art, FRESH Art Auction, Los Angeles, CA 2011 Forest Lawn Museum, Adelante! Mexican American Artists: 1960s and Beyond',Glendale, CA 2011 Fremont Gallery, PASTELS, Pasadena, CA 2011 SPARC Gallery , IGNITE, Los Angeles, CA 2011 Santa Monica Museum of Art, 7th Annual Incognito, Santa Monica, CA 2010 The Autry National Center Museum, Day of The Dead, Los Angeles, CA 2010 The Museum of History and Art of Ontario, El Dia De La Muertos, Ontario, CA 2010 Santa Monica Museum of Art, 6th Annual Incognito, Santa Monica, CA 2010 Xico Inc. Gallery, El Arte De L.A , Chandler, Arizona, CA 2009 Overtones Gallery, 'PANDEMIC SHOW', Los Angeles, CA 2009 The Natural History Museum, CRLA Tardeada Traveling Exhibit , San Diego, CA 2009 Ave 50 studio, Testimonies Two  Contemporary Ex Votos, Los Angeles, CA 2009 Museum of Contemporary Art, FRESH Silent Art Auction, Los Angeles, CA 2009 Santa Monica Museum of Art, 5th Incognito, Santa Monica, CA 2008 Museum of Anthropology, Arizona State University, Ancient Ofrenda: Elementan Altar,Tempe,AZ 2008 Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Silent Auction and Exhibition, Los Angeles, CA 2008 The Museum of History and Art, El Dia De Los Muertos, Ontario, CA 2008 The Southwest Museum of the American Indian,Mayan-Inspired works solo exhibit Los Angeles,CA 2008 Santa Monica Museum of Art, 4th annual Incognito, Santa Monica, CA 2007 Blue Bird Art House Gallery, Solo Exhibit, Whittier, CA 2007 Bowers Museum, A Celebration of Life, Installation, Santa Ana, CA 2007 The DA Gallery, Blurring the Line, Pomona, CA 2007 Museum of History and Art, Ofrendas, Ontario, CA 2007 Millicent Rogers Museum, Turquoise Jubilee Action, Taos, NM 2007 Santa Monica Museum of Art,3th Incognito, Santa Monica, CA 2007 Museum of History and Art, Ontario Jury Art Exhibition, Ontario, CA 2006 Museum of Latin American Art, Dancing with the Dead, Long Beach, CA 2006 Museum of History and Art, Dia de los Muertos, Ontario, CA 2006 The DA Center for the Arts, Into the Future, Pomona, CA 2006 Latino Art Museum, Chicano Now, Pomona, CA 2006 El Museo Instituto Cultural De Baja California, Velvet, Tijuana, Mexico 2006 Millicent Rogers Museum, Turquoise Jubilee Auction, Taos, NM 2005 Millard Sheets Gallery, Latino Artists of L.A, Pomona, 2005 Santa Monica Museum of Art,2th Incognito, Santa Monica, CA 2005 National Museum of Mexican Fine Art, The Journey Home, Chicago, IL 2005 The DA Center for the Arts, Emerging from Aztlan, Pomona, CA 2005 National Hispanic Cultural Center, Tesoros, Albuquerque, NM 2005 Museum of History and Art, Ontario, Juried Art Exhibition, Ontario,CA 2005 Harwood Museum, La Madre Poderosa, Taos, NM 2004 Museum of History and Art, Dia De Los Muertos Art Exhibition, Ontario, CA 2004 Latino Art Museum, Biennale, Pomona, CA 2004 Sub Gallery, University of New Mexico, Colores, Albuquerque, NM 2004 Latino Art Museum, Strangers In Our Own Land, Pomona, CA 2003 Museum of Anthropology, Arizona State University, Latino/a Art Auction and Symposia,Tempe, A 2003 Angels Gate Cultural Center, Seeing Red, San Pedro, CA 2003 DA Center for the Arts, Returning to Aztlan, Pomona, CA 2003 Galleria Mundo, Los Angeles, When the Stream Spirit Rises, CA 2002 Galeria Mundo, Mujer como un rio-Woman like a river, Los Angeles, CA 2001 Galeria Mundo, Day of the Dead, Los Angeles, CA

~ Biography written by Fine Art America

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