Cymon Padilla fuses disparate elements of contemporary visual culture in his paintings and drawings. Using traditional oil painting techniques, Padilla combines, collapses, and remixes “the imitated world” onto the flat surface of the picture plane. Recent bodies of work mash-up classical European figurative work with the golden age of Disney, Saturday morning cartoons, pop art, and vintage advertisement.
Cymon Padilla has exhibited his work throughout Colorado in numerous solo and group exhibitions. He received his Associate of Arts degree in 2012 from Pikes Peak Community College. Padilla was born and raised in Colorado Springs, where he lives and works today.
Curatorial Statement by Daisy McGowan, Director of the Galleries of Contemporary Art
Great Expectations is the fourth in a series of biannual survey exhibitions featuring emergent career artists living and working in a specific geographic area of Colorado. Over a two year period, I was privileged to conduct numerous studio visits connecting with artists working up and down the I-25 Front Range corridor in Colorado. The eleven invited artists are exploring and innovating through their respective practices, pushing the contemporary art field as a result. While by no means exhaustive, Great Expectations highlights artists working and living in the most populated areas of the state which have undergone dramatic growth and change in the past two years.
The 2020 edition of Great Expectations features new work in a range of media, including painting, sculptural installation, monumental fiber art, video and new media including Virtual Reality technologies at our downtown Colorado Springs gallery site.
This exhibition aims to introduce our audiences to some of the brightest artists working along the Front Range corridor today, from whom we can surely expect great things.
Cymon Padilla, map confusion , oil on canvas, 2019. 45 x 65"