La Bestia by Talavera- Ballón

Talavera- Ballón

San Francisco, CALIFORNIA - United States


Talavera-Ballón is a Peruvian-born painter based in San Francisco, CA. A disciple of acclaimed artist Luis Palao Berastain, he skillfully captures the essence of ordinary people’s lives and their surroundings across diverse regions and cultures of the Americas. He explores themes that highlight important social and cultural aspects of the people and places he has encountered. His work is also a tribute to immigrants like himself who left their home countries in search of new horizons.

Talavera-Ballon has exhibited in several art galleries, museums and universities across Perú, Chile, Argentina and the US including the U.S. Embassy, Lima, Peru; Museo Qoricancha, Cuzco; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Cuzco; the Peruvian Embassy, Washington, DC; the Latino Art Museum, Pomona, CA; the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, San Francisco, CA, UCSF and UC Berkeley. He has has been selected for the San Francisco Arts Commission 2015-2016 Pre-Qualified Artist Pool and as a finalist in ArtSpan’s 2015 San Francisco Open Studios Guide Cover Competition. He has also participated in several live painting events such as Friday Nights at the de Young Museum and Art Beats SF. He been featured in several publications and newspapers and appeared on television and radio in California and Peru.
He works as a freelance artist and makes a living off the art he creates. He's been making masterpieces for over eighteen years... and continuing...

Artist statement

Talavera-Ballón explores themes relevant to his experience living in several regions across Peru, highlighting important social and cultural aspects of people living in diverse landscapes of the Americas. Of particular interest are remote campesino villages, fertile landscapes of the campiña (countryside), and humble fishermen towns. His work is also a tribute to immigrants like himself who left their home countries in search of new horizons.

Local shows

Exhibitions and Projects
- Artspan Open Studios, Hunter's Point shipyard and home studio (October - November)
- De Young Museum, live painting demonstration (October)
- Payne Mansion, SF (September)
-City Art Gallery, San Francisco (September)
-ArtSpan mural painting, Journal Building, San Francisco (June)
-Live painting demonstration and exhibit, Bayview Opera House, San Francisco, CA (May)
-Radio Habana Social Club, SF, CA (May-June)
-Spring Open Studios, Mission Artists United, San Francisco, CA (April)
-Artspan Juried Art Auction, SomArts, San Francisco, CA (March)
-City Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA (May & March)
-Google Headquarters, Mountain View, CA (Jan-March)
-Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA), San Francisco, CA (Jan-March)
-Candle Light Fine Art Gallery, Fremont, CA (March)
-Code Canvas, (February)
-ArtSpan Open Studios, San Francisco, CA (November)
-ArtSpan Open Studios Hubs: Triton Hotel and Flax Art and Design (November & October)
-ArtSpan Open Studios Exhibition, SomArts, San Francisco (October)
-Live Painting Demonstration, Art Beats, Pier 70, San Francisco (October)
-Diversity Through the Arts, A Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration, LAM (September)
-Antología Gallery, North Beach First Fridays, San Francisco (August)
-Spring Open Studios, Mission Artists United, San Francisco, CA (April)
-Contemplation, Serenity Series, UCSF, San Francisco, CA (Jan-Apr)

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