Featuring: Robert Pokorny, Curated by Sasha Bogojev

July 13-17, 2022

Robert Pokorny paints raw and energetic portraits that range from highly stylized, abstract to peculiar renditions of the individual reality of each figure. He seamlessly connects the figures through color, shape, technique, and the cathartic joint that each figure consumes. Pokorny’s portraits explore an amalgam of human experiences using humor and cynicism culturally tinted by California’s counterculture movements and weird fiction.

“I use portraiture as a device through which a dialogue is opened between the artist and viewer, the artist and the outside world. Portrait as an expression of myself, the practice of the studio, the intentional dialogue between my own vision and great painters from the past. These portraits do not convey one person in particular but pictures of us all—the rich diversity of human dialogue, the moments of deep conflict, the pleasure of pure harmony and the journey of aging. These portraits are a personal marker of this time period, capturing moments that are seemingly absurd, sometimes humorous, but completely sincere.” – Robert Pokorny

Robert Pokorny (b. 1969, Merced, CA) is an American contemporary visual artist living and working in Los Angeles, California. Pokorny’s recent solo exhibitions include ‘Thinking, Staring & Smoking’ at Johansson Projects (Oakland) in 2021, ‘Modern Guilt &Blue Skies’ in 2020 and ‘Dialogue’ in 2019 at Ampersand Gallery (Portland). His work has been included in national exhibitions at Safe and Sound Gallery (VT), Ringling College of Art + Design (FL), and Hey There Projects (Joshua Tree, CA), and internationally in Denmark, Germany, Belgium and Switzerland. Pokorny’s most recent series, ‘Thinking,Staring & Smoking’ tackles the emotional spectrum contained in the confines of the pandemic lock down in his studio and home shared with his beloved wife and dog. Pokorny has been featured in Art Maze Magazine, Amadeus Magazine, Arte Al’ Limite, CoolHunting, Juxtapoz, Maps, Sound & Vision Podcast and Voyage LA. In 2019, his book‘Drawings’ was published by Ampersand Editions and debuted at the LA Art Book Fair. Pokorny received his BA and MFA from California State University Long Beach.