Allegorical Portraiture: New Paintings by Ronald Dzerigian

1821 Gallery & Studios is pleased to present Allegorical Portraiture, a new series of paintings by Fresno artist Ronald Dzerigian, March 19 – May 2, 2015. These paintings were made solely for this exhibition.

This series of (primarily) oil paintings portray fictional characters that represent the elements of human experience within a loosely biographical framework. Family, loss, love, judgment, evaluation, intimacy, aloneness, history, etc. are all part of each individual’s personal map and these elements are generously woven throughout the installation. Dzerigian finds his work akin to crudely painted-over walls in alleys, roughly filled-in images from coloring books, and the neo-expressionists.

Mr. Dzerigian received his Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art from California State University, Fresno, in 2002. After living for a short period of time in Brooklyn, NY, and then—for a much longer stint—in Los Angeles, he has relocated to Fresno to pursue an MFA in poetry. His artwork has been exhibited in several galleries, museums, and venues in New York and California. He received the C.G. Hanzlicek Fellowship and the Academy of American Poets’ Ernesto Trejo Memorial Prize in 2014 for his written work. A limited run of his chapbook, The Winning Hand Never Loses, was made available in 2012 from Hide and Seek Gallery.

This will be the first exhibition of Mr. Dzerigian’s artworks in Fresno since 2010.

The artist’s reception will be on Saturday March 28th from 3 – 7 pm and an ArtHop opening will be on Thursday April 2 from 5 – 8 pm.

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