Kevin Umaña Debuts New Artworks – Geometric Depictions of Nature, Place and Culture in First Solo in New York at David Richard Gallery

September 29 through October 22, 2021

Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 29 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM

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David Richard Gallery is pleased to present Wax and Wane by Kevin Umaña, his first solo exhibition in New York and with the Gallery. This exhibition of 17 new artworks created during 2021 is part of a larger body of work comprised of five different, but related and interdependent bodies of works that differ by size, supports and media. The various bodies of work include: 1) seven large canvases made of acrylic and oil media that also include a range of additions that model and provide tactile and highly textured surfaces to the individual geometric shapes; 2) four smaller paintings that experiment with different supports, media and additions to the media as well as specific geometric shapes and compositions that have a direct dialogue with the larger paintings; 3) two flat-ish glazed ceramic wall pieces; 4) two hybrid paintings with additions of flat glazed ceramic fragments adhered to the canvas and integrated within the compositions; and 5) one painted, wooden, free-standing sculpture on a pedestal. 

Wax and Wane is a seminal body of work for Umaña as it marks a significant transition in his studio practice at several levels: formally, conceptually, culturally and emotionally. All of the artworks are rooted purely in painting, the compositions are geometric and fill each support edge-to-edge. However, the exhibition focuses on three major changes in the artist’s approach and compositions. First is Umaña’s shift from a rigorous, precise execution of his compositions to a process-driven approach influenced by his experiences and experimentation with glazes and ceramics. This has affected his painting practice most notably in terms of color and surface. The second change is a move away from non-objective geometric abstractions derived from reductions, then amplifications and patterning of architectural details from location-specific buildings and bridges in cities meaningful to the artist to a practice now rooted largely in picture making. The new compositions are geometric representations of specific places and memories. The third notable change is bringing into his artwork the cultural influences from his family and youth while living in El Salvador. This includes strong influences of nature, beaches, plants, materials, food and religion.

Kevin Umaña’s exhibition, Wax and Wane will be on view from September 29 through October 22, 2021 on the Second Floor gallery at David Richard Gallery located at 211 East 121 Street, New York, NY 10035, Phone: 212-882-1705, email: and website: A digital exhibition catalog will be available along with images of the artworks, installation views and videos as they become available at the following link:

About Kevin Umaña:

Kevin Umaña was born in Los Angeles, grew up in El Salvador, and received his B.F.A. in 2014 from San Francisco State University with a degree in Printmaking. He was awarded an artist residency in 2019 at the Center for the Book Arts in New York, New York as well as residencies in 2018 at the Sîm, Reykjavik, Iceland and Plop Residency, London, UK. His artworks have been exhibited nationally and internationally in solo and group exhibitions in New York, NY, San Francisco, CA, Chicago, IL, Columbus, OH, Omaha, NE, Kansas City, KS, London, UK, Reykavik, Iceland and Tapei, Taiwan. Umaña’s artworks are in private and public collections including the United Nations Headquarters in New York, New York, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, CA, San Francisco Public Library, CA and Center for the Book Arts Library, NY., among others.

About David Richard Gallery:

Since its inception in 2010, David Richard Gallery has produced museum quality exhibitions that feature Post War abstraction in the US. The presentations have addressed specific decades and geographies as well as certain movements and tendencies. While the gallery has long been recognized as an important proponent of post-1960s abstraction—including both the influential pioneers as well as a younger generation of practitioners in this field—in keeping with this spirit of nurture and development the gallery also presents established artists who embrace more gestural and representational approaches to the making of art as well as young emerging artists.
In 2015 David Richard Gallery launched DR Art Projects to provide a platform for artists of all stripes—international, national, local, emerging and established—to present special solo projects or to participate in unique collaborations or thematic exhibitions. The goal is to offer a fresh look at contemporary art practice from a broad spectrum of artists and presentations. The Gallery opened its current location in New York in 2017.

Œuvre : Kevin Umaña
Multi Leveled Towers joined by Two Centeal Areas, 2021
Glaze on speckle stoneware
10 x 9″

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