Bio & CV:
Elmer Guevara is a Los Angeles native who currently lives and work in New York City. A few years prior to his birth in 1990, his parents fled a war-torn El Salvador. With memories of fleeing the crossfire of the civil war in the mid-1980s, they immigrated to the United States and found their new home in the City of Angels.
From a young age, growing up in South Central along with the culture his parents brought from El Salvador, he found artistic inspiration in the city streets.
Throughout his teenage years, he commuted on public transportation and by bicycle, out with friends and noticing social issues that took maturity to understand. Early on, urban art became an obsession being his earliest experience with painting. In 2017, he receives a BFA in Drawing and Painting from California State University Long Beach.
Elmer’s work attempts to create an open dialogue about identity using the portraiture of close family. The portraits utilize symbolism from both cultures hybridizing an example of the acculturation process for his Latin-American family immigrating to the United States.
Furthermore, Elmer also examines the social issue of homelessness in Los Angeles as he takes to the streets and the city’s crevices to meet and with permission photo document and interview street dwellers.
Elmer Guevara’s only exhibition was A Very Anxious Feeling: Voices of Unrest in the American Experience at Center in the Square in Roanoke, WV in 2020. Elmer Guevara is exclusively exhibited in United States.
Guevara has no solo shows but one group show (for more information, see biography). Elmer Guevara has been exhibited with Sayre Gomez and Corey Escoto.