José Lerma

Born in 1971 at Seville, Spain

Lives and works in Chicago








“Rey de Rayas”, Galería Leyendecker, Isla Canarias      

Green Gallery , Milwaukee




José Lerma – Io e Io, Diablo Rosso, Panama City




“The Last Upper”, Brand New Gallery, Milan

Nunquam Prandium Liberum, Kavi Gupta | Elizabeth St., Chicago, IL
“José Lerma”, Roberto Paradise, San Juan




Museo de Arte Contemporaneo San Juan, Puerto Rico (forthcoming)
Kemper Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO

“La Venida Cansa Sin Ti,” August         

19 – June 25, 2017 Luis de Jesus Los Angeles, CA,

“José Lerma and Josh   Reames,” January 30 – March 5 




David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL, “Guaynabichean Odyssey,” December 1 –         January 31, 2015 Van Horn Gallery, Düsseldorf, Germany, “The      Unitedstatian,” September 6 – October 30 Museum of Contemporary Art,   Detroit, MI, “La Bella Crisis,” May 16 – July 27

Andrea Rosen Gallery 2, New York, NY, “European Mixed Masters,” May 6 –  June 14 

Oliver Francis Gallery, Dallas, TX, “Josh Smith and José Lerma,” April 11 – May 3
Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago, IL, “Gloriosa Superba,” February 22 – May 17
Roberto Paradise Gallery, San Juan, Puerto Rico, “Robusto Parasite,” February 15 – April 5 




 Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL, “BMO Harris Bank Chicago        Works: José Lerma,” July 2 – December 3 (catalogue) 

ARCO Madrid, Spain, “Solo projects (with Hector Madera),” February 13 – 17



Halsey McKay Gallery, East Hampton, NY, “Eddie Martinez and José Lerma,”         August 11 – 29 

Contemporary Art Museum, Raleigh, NC, “The Credentialist,” May 19 –       September 2



Roberto Paradise Gallery, San Juan, Puerto Rico, “José Lerma: Jibaro Jizz,”         December 7 – 

January 28, 2012
Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL, “The Lightweight,” April 8 – May 14 




Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY, “I am sorry I am Perry,” December 10         – January 22 Galeria Marta Cervera, Madrid, Spain, “Spanish Revival,”         September 9 – October 29 




Galerie Loock/Wohnmaschine, Berlin, Germany, “El Pendejo,” September 12        – October 24 Green Gallery East, Milwaukee, WI, March 14 – April 11 

2007 ARARIO Gallery, Seoul, Korea, “José Lerma: Paintings,” May 25 – June 17 (catalogue) Marty Walker Gallery, Dallas, TX, “New Prints by José Lerma,”    March 30 – May 5 




Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY, “The Golden Sea,” April 1 – April 29 




Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium, April 28 – May 28 

Galleria Il Capricorno, Venice, Italy, March 4 – April 5



Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY, “Folklore of Our Times,” April 8 – May         15




Southfirst Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, “Two Beats Off,” September 19 –     November 2 

Galeriá Comercial, San Juan, Puerto Rico, “As if Accepting Defeat”
1R Gallery, Chicago, IL, “Anne Schaacte and José Lerma”
7/3 Split Gallery, Chicago, IL, “Please, Don’t Distort What We Had” (with    Scott Roberts) 




Art Institutions Project Room, M&M Proyectos, Art Basel Miami Beach, FL
Southfirst Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, “Lives of the Obscure” (with Ellen Takata), curated by Amalia 

Culp, March 8 – April 20 








Your Favorite Artist’s Favorite Artist II, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York
“Repatriacon”, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico

“Happier Hours”, Elmhurst Museum of Art

“Idea Sale”, Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago




Keep The Lights On, Diablo Rosso, Panama City

Likeness, Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco

In Paper We Trust, The Dot Project, London




Brand New Gallery, Milan, Italy, “Imagine,” March 2 – April 2



Lisa Cooley Gallery, New York, NY, “Eric’s Trip,” curated by Cynthia Daignault and Mark Saatchi Gallery, London, United Kingdom, “Pangea,” April 2 – August 31 (catalogue)
Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico, “Renuncias y Adopciones,” February 
Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL, “Head,” January 31 – March 




McClain Gallery, Houston, TX, “More Than a Likeness,” September 7 – 28
Saatchi Gallery, London, United Kingdom, “Paper,” June 18 – September 29 (catalogue) Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece, “The System of Objects,” curated by 

Andreas Angelidakis, May 15 – November 30
Van Horn Gallery, Dusseldorf, Germany, “Cabinet of Threads,” April 12 – June 1
Misako & Rosen, Tokyo, Japan, “19516 kilometers from Milwaukee or 12126 miles,” March 14 
Dean Jensen Gallery, Milwaukee, WI, “Pushing It: Innovative Approaches in Printmaking,” 
On Painting, Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain,  

Museo Segovia Lobillo, Malaga, Spain (catalogue)
Museo de Arte Dr. Pío López Martínez, University of Puerto Rico, Cayey, Puerto Rico, 

“Impresiones, relieves y resonancias,” February 1 – February 1,

2014 La Productora, Santurce, Puerto Rico, “O te Peinas o te Haces Rolos” 




Edgar Alan Poe Park Center, Bronx, NY, “Swamp,” curated by Kari Adelaide, December 19 – January 18, 2013 

Chazen Museum of Art, Madison, WI, “Tandem Press: 25 Years,” December 8 – February 3, 2013 (catalogue) 

Art Amalgamated, New York, NY, “Material Breach,” November 14 – December 15
Ille Arts, Amagansett, NY, “RAW,” September 15 – October 10
Museo de Arte de Ponce, Ponce, Puerto Rico, “Pasiones contemporáneas,” curated by Maria de la 

Santa, August 11 – January 21, 2013
INOVA, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, “Michelle Grabner: The Inova 

Survey,” July 27 – September 23 (catalogue)
Ryan Travis Christian, Double Break, San Diego, CA, “Where My Cones At?,” July 27 – August 
Josh Lilley Gallery, London, United Kingdom, “Roberto Paradise Gallery, an exhibition from San 

Juan, Puerto Rico,” July 13 – August 11
Popular Center, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico, “The Way In,” curated by Io Carrion, April 25 – June Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL, “Someone Else’s Dream,” January 29 – May 6
Oakland University Art Gallery, Rochester, MI, “Idealizing the Imaginary: Invention and Illusion in Contemporary Painting,” January 14 – April 1, 2012 (catalogue) La Quince, San Juan, Puerto Rico, “Chiquitolina,” curated by Jorge Roman 




Abierto, 1ra Bienal Tropical, Loiza, Puerto Rico, “Tropico,” 
Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL, “Handler: a series of collaborative sculptures presented by John Riepenhoff,” 
Kart Wash, Puerto Rico, “De Bayamon a la 15”
Espacio 1414, Santurce, Puerto Rico, “Painting...Expanded,” curated by Marysol Nieves 

Dodge Gallery, New York, NY, “Go Figure,” curated by Eddie Martinez, October 6 – November 13 

47 Canal, New York, NY, “The Green Gallery at 47 Canal,” 
Espacio Entre Medio, “Chemi’s Room,” San Juan, Puerto Rico
Monya Rowe Gallery, New York, NY, “To Tell the Truth,” curated by Joe Pflieger, June 17 – July Jolie Laide, Philadelphia, PA, “Dirt Don’t Hurt,” curated by Bill Saylor, June 4 – July 23
Julius Caesar, Chicago, IL, “Irritable Abstraction,” curated by Susanne Doremus, April 3 – 24 The Green Gallery, Milwaukee, WI, “A Person of Color/A Mostly Orange Exhibition,” curated José Lerma, January 22 – February 27



The Hogar Collection, Brooklyn, NY, “Go Figure,” December 

Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL, “The Power of Selection Part 3,” curated by Travis Christian, November 19 – December 31 

Middlesex College, Edison, NJ, “1o,” curated by Joe Pfleiger and Phillip Vanderhayden, November 18 – December 22 

Lehmann Maupin, New York, NY, “Lush Life,” curated by Franklin Evans and Omar Lopez- Chahoud, July 8 – August 13 

Sloane NYC, New York, NY, “The Mobile Uploads Project,” 
Can Xalant, Barcelona, Spain, “Museos Portátiles. Parking 101,” May 15 – June 15 Apex Art, New York, NY, “Don’t Piss on Me and Tell Me It’s Raining,” curated by Bad At 

Sports, April 7 – May 22
Don’t Projects, Paris, France, “From NY With Love,” curated by Glorimarta Linares
Trinity University, San Antonio, TX, “One For All,” 




Angstrom Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, “The Green Gallery’s Wallgasm,” curated by John Riepenhoff, September 26 – 

Spoke, Chicago, IL, “Objet Petit A” (with Cristina Tufino)
Porter Butts Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, “Good News,” curated by Amanda 

Schmitt, June 5 – July 21
Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany, “Dark Fair,” curated by Scott Reeder and Tyson Reeder
Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, IL, “Rattled by the Rush,” 
Golden Age, Chicago, IL, “Cadaver Corpse,” curated by Tessa Perutz, 

Travels to: Space 1028, Chicago, IL, July 3 – July 31
Galeria Candela, San Juan, Puerto Rico, “From NY With Love,” curated by Glorimarta Linares




Institute of Puerto Rican Culture, Puerto Rico, “En sus marcas,” curated by Rebeca Noriega 
Instituto Cervantes, New York, NY, “NY Motion 1.0,” curated by Paco Cano
Galleri Loyal, Stockholm, Sweden, “The Ice Cream Show,”
Southfirst Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, “Selected Works,” 
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, “Learning by Doing: 25 Years of the Core Program,” curated by Alison de Lima Greene
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, MN, “Selections of the Permanent Collection,”
Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, San Juan, Puerto Rico, “En Sus Marcas,” curated by Rebeca Noriega (catalogue)
Alogon Gallery, Chicago, IL, “Alogon,”
Samson Projects, Boston, MA, “It’s Not What You Know, It’s Who You Know” (with Neutral Capital Collection)



El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY, “5th Bienal, The (S) Files / The Selected Files," curated by Elvis Fuentes 
Andrea Rosen Gallery, Amagansett, NY, “Dining Room Show,” 
Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, MI, “Stuff: International Contemporary Art from the Collection of Burt Aaron,” 
Ziehersmith, New York, NY, “Someday Never Comes,” curated by Eddie Martinez
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA, “Cerca Series (With Neutral Capital Collection)” Travels to: Lui Velazquez Gallery, Tijuana, Mexico
Leroy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, New York, NY, "New Labor (with Neutral Capital Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Los Angeles, CA, “Unfinished Paintings,” 

curated by Joshua Aster and Kristin Calabrese, June 16 – August 28The Xchange, New York, NY, “Passport to the Arts,” sponsored by The New Yorker



Institut Valencia d’Art Modern, Valencia, Spain, “VAC colección Valencia arte contemporáneo,” 

December 21 – February 11, 2007 (catalogue)
Anna Helwing Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, “Farewell to Icon,” curated by Karl Haendel and Maya 

Schindler, November 4 – December 22
Deste Foundation Center for Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece, “Panic Room: Works from the 

Dakis Joannou Collection,” curated by Jeffrey Deitch and Kathy Grayson
Centro Cultural Español, Miami, FL, “Constant Disturbance,” curated by Jean Moreno Espacio 1414, Santurce, Puerto Rico, "Berezdivin Collection," curated by Julieta Gonzalez 




Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY, “Looking at Words: Formal Use of Text in Modern and Contemporary Works on Paper,” November 2 – January 4, 2006 

Espacio 1414, Santurce, Puerto Rico, “1993-2005: Art of Puerto Rico in the Berezdivin Collection,” curated by Julieta Gonzalez, September 1 – May 1, 2006 

Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL
McClain Gallery, Houston, TX, “Monster Painting,”
The Glassell School of Art of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, “2005 Core Artists in Residence,"
Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY, “Curvaceous,”




Mixture Gallery, Houston, TX, “Summer Drawings and Some Are Not,” curated by Lisa Cooley The Glassell School of Art of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, “2004 Core Artists in 

Glandier & Byrne, Paris, France, “American Violence: Peter Saul, José Lerma & Charles Andriessen”
Southfirst Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, “Sadie Hawkins Dance,” 




EX Teresa Arte Actual, Mexico City, Mexico, “No Pasa Un Dia...,” curated by Guillermo Santamarina (catalogue) 

Los Medanos College, San Francisco, CA, “Dinosaurs; Artists Look Back Into the Future” Galeriá Comercial, San Juan, Puerto Rico, “Ensayo”
7/3 Split and M&M Proyectos, Chicago, IL, “Stray Show” 




M&M Proyectos, San Juan, Puerto Rico, “PR02 [En Ruta],” curated by Michelle Marxuach, October 6 – October 13 

Fortaleza 302, San Juan, Puerto Rico, “Primeras Obra”



HUB Gallery, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, “Teeter-Totter” 

Whatcom Museum of History and Art, Bellingham, WA, “Catapult,” March – June



Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL, “Artists of the New Millennium,” August 18 – October 29 
NFA/Sportsman Bodybuilder, Chicago, IL, “Multiples 4” University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, “Peaceable Kingdom” Wendy Cooper Gallery, Madison, WI 

1999 Madison Art Center, Madison, WI, “Wisconsin Triennial”
Commonwealth Gallery, Madison, WI, “Secrets about Goo,”