Souther Salazar

Souther Salazar

United States 1978

Sculpture, Pop Art, Painting, Drawing

Souther Salazar
Souther Salazar
United States
October 24, 2015
Ok, I know it's so damn corny to quote somebody just to describe yourself, let alone Confucius, but this quote says all about my relationship with Widewalls, so forgive me for doing this: Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Am I forgiven?

Souther Salazar is an American artist, known for his whimsical paintings of alternated universe, both abstract and real at the same time. Salazar was born in Hayward, California and as long as he can remember, he has been making art. As a teenager in rural Oakdale, Salazar used to create photocopied cut-and-paste mini-comics and zines. He received a BFA from the Art Center College of Art and Design in Pasadena, California, and right after graduation, in 2003, he moved to LA to live and work.

Souther Salazar - Wanderers, 2013
Souther Salazar – Wanderers, 2013

Salazar’s Oeuvre

Salazar’s artwork consists mostly of drawing, painting, sculpture and animation – depicting images of unusual characters and juxtapositions. For his creations, he uses a wide variety of freely mixed media, found objects and layers of assemblage. Many critics agree that Salazar’s aesthetics is some kind of pleasing hybrid between classic children’s book illustrations, Modernist abstraction and contemporary illustration. His work evokes the wonders and imagination in every viewer, and it encourages further and deeper both personal and universal exploration and discovery – by transporting audience into a vibrant and endless world of overlapping dreamscapes where each person’s imagination wanders freely.

His works depict images of unusual characters and juxtapositions

Souther Salazar - The Key to the City (Detail)
Souther Salazar – The Key to the City (Detail)

Salazar’s Parallel Universe

Salazar’s sincere intention and great talent can be seen in every lack of irony or any other type of dissociation he might create (unintentionally or deliberately) while depicting that other, parallel universe.

The artist is represented by Stephanie Chefas Projects from New York.

Souther Salazar is currently based in Portland, Oregon.Featured Image: Souther Salazar portrait
All images courtesy of the artist

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015Attic TransmissionsNarwhal Contemporary. Toronto, ONSolo
2014Platinum BlendModern Eden Gallery. San Francisco, CAGroup
2014BLABCopro Gallery. Los Angeles, CAGroup
2014Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello KittyJapanese American National Museum. Los Angeles, CAGroup
2014Reverse EngineeredHellion Gallery. Portland, ORGroup
2013SouvenirsJonathan Levine Gallery. New York, NYSolo
2012Art 43 BaselJonathan Levine Gallery. Basel, SwitzerlandGroup
2012You and Me (and the Mouse in the Moon)Narwhal Projects. Toronto, ON CanadaSolo
2012Juxtapoz turns 18Copro Gallery. Culver City, CAGroup
2011You Come TooJonathan Levine Gallery. New York, NYSolo
2010Scion Installation 7Video. Los Angeles, CAGroup
2010Pattern RecognitionSubliminal Projects. Los Angeles, CAGroup
2010Five Year Anniversary exhibitionJonathan Levine Gallery. New York, NYGroup
2010Schöne neue WeltFumetto Internationales Comix Festival. Lucerne, SwitzerlandGroup
2009Giant Robot Biennale 2Japanese American National Museum. Los Angeles, CAGroup
2009Scion Installation 5Self Portraits. Los Angeles, CAGroup
2009Strips, Scripts and Scapes: Contemporary Comix in Southern CaliforniaRiverside Art Museum. Riverside, CAGroup
2009Last Year’s ManJonathan Levine Gallery. New York, NYSolo
2008Cinders booth at Aqua Contemporary Art FairAqua Hotel. Miami, FLGroup
2008Made in AmericaChoque Cultural Gallery. Sao Paulo, BrazilGroup
2007Crooked Smiles, Steady Voices, and a Trunk Full of CashCinders Gallery. Brooklyn, NYGroup
2007Giant Robot Biennale: 50 IssuesJapanese American National Museum. Los Angeles, CAGroup
2007Make it RealGR2. Los Angeles, CASolo
2007Space CadetsJonathan Levine Gallery. New York, NYSolo
2006We Were Young and It was SummerGRNY. New York, NYSolo
2005Flood the GuttersNew Image Art. Los Angeles, CAGroup
2005Unnatural HistoryMetalstone Gallery. New York, NYGroup
2005PanelistsGRNY. New York, NYGroup
2005FlauntJunc Gallery. Los Angeles, CAGroup
2005I’m Glad We MetGRSF. San Francisco, CAGroup
2005I Find YouCinders Gallery. Brooklyn, NYGroup
2005AmorouslyMotel Gallery. Portland, ORGroup
2005Horses and Babies for SaleFifty24SF with New Image Art. San Francisco, CAGroup
2004Five Ways to SeeMinna Gallery. San Francisco, CAGroup
2004Nook and CrannyNew Image Art. Los Angeles, CAGroup
2004Giant Robot: 10 Year AnniversaryGR2. Los Angeles, CAGroup
2004SubUrban1300 Gallery. Cleveland, OHGroup
2004Three Minutes of HappinessRE:UP Selective Hearing Gallery. San Diego, CAGroup
2004MarginaliaThe Smell. Los Angeles, CAGroup
2004OneMotel Gallery. Portland, ORGroup
2004AffairMotel Gallery. Portland, ORGroup
2004The Skull ShowHaNNa Gallery. Tokyo, JapanGroup
2004Plushtastrophe: The Art of PlushPortland, Toronto, Los Angeles, San FranciscoGroup
2004The Stray ShowFair: New Image Art. Chicago, ILGroup
2004The NeighborhoodGR2. Los Angeles, CASolo
2003Glide, Skid, CollideGR2. Los Angeles, CASolo
2003Winter WonderlandMotel Gallery. Portland, ORGroup
2003Lead PoisoningNew Image Art. Los Angeles, CAGroup
2003Puddle JumpersNew Image Art. Los Angeles, CAGroup
2003Robots Have Feelings TooCulture Cache. San Francisco, CAGroup
2002MakingLos Angeles County Museum of Art, Mary Boone Gallery. Los Angeles, CAGroup