José Lerma Spanish, b. 1971

José Lerma’s (b. 1971, Spain) practice investigates painting, and attempts to collapse the historical with the autobiographical. His final works are part art history, part personal mythology, and several recurring themes deal with the tension between the heroic and the pathetic as well as the rise and fall of great figures. While his work is rooted in painting, the final product usually results in elaborate installations that are often created with office materials, musical instruments, and home furnishings.