Robert Nava

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What is my work about?

I have been playing with forms heavily influenced from the backs of trucks. I cannot remember if the inspiration came from sitting in traffic or not, but seeing the backs open originally gave off this feeling of a portal. From there, other things became more visually apparent like faces, masks, words and signage, graffiti, colors, dirt, rust. The trucks are often abstracted, or personified until they become something else. They are more like trucks as gods.


Artist Statement

Art is more of a place to me than anything else. I’m interested in elements of composition and line, and I’ve been fascinated with line quality that posses less motor skill or a brokenness to its rhythm. Many small, quirky, everyday situations become fuel. The little minor incidents, the overlooked, and overheard happenings and sayings are what make my mind go to work. Living in a world of technology, and information, life feels much more sped up. Drawing and painting are places where I can still go slow in the face of speed.



B. 1985 East Chicago, IN

Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

2011 M.F.A. in Painting, Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT
2008 B.A. in Fine Art, Indiana University Northwest, Gary, IN

Selected Group Exhibitions
Instant Vacation, Trestle Projects, Brooklyn, NY
Mixtape 2, M. David Studio, 56 Bogart St. Brooklyn, NY
Art Shop 2, 99 Cent Plus Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Dead Ends, Heliopolis, Brooklyn, NY
Broke Baroque, Sanctuary Projects, Pittsburgh, PA
Spring Auction Benefit, Novella Gallery, New York, NY
IUN Alumni Exhibition, Miller Beach Arts District, Gary, IN
Flesh and Bone, Brooklyn Fire Proof East, Brooklyn, NY
Navigations and Destinations, Brooklyn Fire Proof East, Brooklyn, NY

Transitions Vol. 1 (Like an Indefinite State), Associated Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Ex-ile, El Rincon Social, Houston, TX
Bushwick Open Studios, Studio #404, Brooklyn, NY

Pushing Painting Paradigms, Mason Gross Galleries, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
PDF Release & Party, CAGE, curated by AGWF, New York, NY
12 X 12 Alumni Exhibition, IU Northwest Gallery for Contemporary Art, Gary, IN
Harderer. Betterer. Fasterer. Strongerer., Brucennial, New York, NY

M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition, Yale University, New Haven, CT

Art for Haiti Benefit Auction, Yale University, New Haven, CT

A Proposito: Pan Latino Dialogues, John Slade Ely House, New Haven, CT

Senior Thesis Exhibition, IU Northwest Gallery for Contemporary Art, Gary, IN