In one week's time the art fairs in Miami will be underway and I'll be celebrating the opening of Chévere at Sirona Fine Art. Chévere is a group show "inspired by the Romance Languages of Latin America... Some of the artists are from Latin America, others not. Therefore some of the artists draw on memory and experience of their own countries and peoples, and others on their encounters with cultures foreign to their own, and others still on imagination and images cobbled together from film and art and literature." Curated by Didi Melendez and Sergio Gomez, Chévere  features work by 40 national and international artists; displaying figurative, narrative, environmental, emotional, street, poetic, and historical-based works. The exhibition will be on view at Sirona Fine Art from December 3 through January 7, 2017 and be accompanied by a catalog and online exhibition. 

For more information on the show please take the time to read Daniel Maidman's insightful review of the show. You can find his article here: Didi Menendez’s ‘Chévere’

Sirona Fine Art
600 Silks Run
Hallandale Beach, FL 33009
Opening Reception: December 3rd 2016 6pm-9pm
Opening Reception begins with an Artist Panel presented by Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine


For more information please contact Tim and Suzanne at

AuthorReuben Negron

I am happy to announce that I am participating in this year's BAD DADS exhibit, Spoke Art's seventh annual art show tribute to the films of Wes Anderson. This show, which has become a highly anticipated Spoke Art tradition follows on the heels of the publication of the Bad Dads Art Book and the opening of their NYC Lower East Side gallery. Bad Dads VII will open Friday, October 28th and run through Saturday, November 19th. 

My contribution (above) is taken from Anderson's 2012 film, Moonrise Kingdom. It is watercolor on paper and measures 6.75" x 4.75" (12.25" x 10" framed). To inquire about my piece or to receive an advanced collectors preview, please email Spoke Art Gallery at

Opening night reception:
Friday, October 28th (6pm - 9pm) // possible extended hours on Sat. and Sun. TBD

Exhibition dates: 
Friday, October 28th - Saturday, November 19th 2016

Spoke Art
210 Rivington St,
New York, NY 10002

AuthorReuben Negron

Summer is here and with it comes Sidetracked Studio's second annual exhibition of fine-art erotica entitled For Your Eyes Only. Opening Saturday, July 9th, and running through Saturday, August 27th, For Your Eyes Only brings together artists who regularly deal with sexuality in work and those eager to tackle it for the first time. 

According to the New Oxford American Dictionary, the word erotic derives from Greek ertikos — sexual love: it arouses and excites sexual desire or excitement. 
This definition is still accepted today and while erotica is by definition different than pornography it can also include it. The aim of “For Your Eyes Only” is to embrace the myriad of differences in sex, sexuality, and gender by showing a diverse range of work celebrating the humor, desire, lust, pornography, body image, identity, and love that all fall under our definition of erotica.
- Lauren and Rory Coyne, taken from the press release. 

Participating artists include Chris Riccardo, Elizabeth Claire, Harry Sudman, Jason McPhillips, Josh Rogers, Kelis Houlihan, Lauren Levato Coyne, Melissa Lee, Menton3, Michael Popilek, Michele Doll, Nadine Robbins, Reuben Negron, Rory Coyne, Thomas Wharton, Tyler Krasowski, Vanessa Walsh, Vic Selbach, Whistlemag, and Zane York.

I will be including three of my newest drawings from Dirty Dirty Love, an ongoing series that explores sexuality and identity through the real-life experiences of the models depicted. Please click on the images below to views the drawings in detail. For more information about these pieces please feel free to contact Lauren or Rory at SideTracked Studio:

Chris and Mario: Embrace Color Study
Graphite and watercolor on Arches Cold Press paper. 30 x 22 inches. 2015-2016.

Chris and Mario: Embrace I
Graphite on Arches Cold Press paper. 30 x 22 inches. 2015-2016.

Chris and Mario: Embrace II
Graphite on Arches Cold Press paper. 30 x 22 inches. 2015-2016.

Sidetracked Studio
707 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL 60202

Opening Reception - Saturday, July 9, 6 – 9 p.m. 
Exhibition continues through July August 27, 2016

Beverages provided by New Holland Brewing Co.

AuthorReuben Negron

I grew up playing Dungeons & Dragons and filling my sketchbooks with rough imitations of Frank Frazetta and Boris Vallejo art. I lived on a healthy diet of fantasy novels and dreamed of becoming an illustrator worthy of my idols. Life took me down a different path but recently I was able to relive my childhood aspirations when I agreed to contribute two pieces to Spoke Art's upcoming Lord of the Thrones group show.

Lord of the Thrones is an art show tribute to the legendary works of George R.R. Martin and J.R.R. Tolkien. Featuring paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints by over 60 international artists, Spoke Art has organized a "dazzling display of character portraits, elaborate environments and iconic themes and motifs from both series." My contributions (seen above) depict two iconic "bad guys" from the film and television adaptations of both series. On the left is The Night's King (Game of Thrones), the leader of the White Walkers, created by the Children of the Forest to fight the First Men. On the right is Lurtz (Lord of the Rings), the leader of the fighting Uruk-hai scouts responsible for the death of Boromir and capture of Pippin and Merry. Both watercolors are small, measuring 6"x9" (15.25x23cm) each and matted and framed in dark gray and deep brown. 

Lord of the Thrones opens tonight, Thursday, June 2nd, in San Francisco. The opening reception is from 6-10pm and will remain on view through Saturday, June 25th. More information about these pieces or others from the show can be found HERE, or by contacting Spoke Art directly, HERE

Other participating artists include: Stuart Whitton, Bruce White, Justin VanGenderen, Geoff Trapp, Maria Suarez-Inclan, Deangus, Meghan Stratman, Nick Stokes, Paul Shipper, Fernando Reza, Allison Reimold, Rebecca Rose, Michael Ramstead, Rich Pellegrino, Ruel Pascual, Lily Padula, Johannah O’Donnel, Chelsea O’Bryne, Reuben Negron, Joseph Murdach, David Moscati, Guillame Morellec, Zach Meyer, Brighton Metz, PJ McQuade, Jeff McMillian, Kelly McKernan, Kemi Mai, Dave MacDowell, Adam Lister, Nan Lawson, Conor Langton, Caia Koopman, Alex Kirzhner, Tim Jordan, Sarah Joncas, Paige Jiyoung Moon, Jeremy Hush, Primary Hughes, Christine Aria, Justin Hager, Gene Guynn, Sam Gilbey, Monica Garwood, Alex Garant, James Eads, Matt Dye, Emily Dumas, Max Dalton, Rhys Cooper, Michelle Coffee, Tracie Ching, Keith Carter, Sandi Calistro, Adam Caldwell, Joshua Budich, Robert Bowen, Eric Bonhomme, Cory Benhatzel, Oliver Barrett, Derek Ballard, Mia Araujo, Brianna Angelakis, Paul Ainsworth, Bungaloo, Epyon5

I will have three new watercolors on display in Chicago starting next week on the 15th of April. These new pieces will be part of FREAK OUT!!, an art show tribute to the spirit of DISCO. FREAK OUT!!, curated by Didi Menendez of PoetsArtists Magazine and Sergio Gomez of the Zhou B Art Center, brings together work by 50+ artists and poets that express and examine the boldness, liberation, individuality, and decadence that defined the Disco era. The works will include visual arts in various mediums and styles including poetry, painting, drawing, video installation, sculpture, and performance. The exhibition will take place in the 13,000 sq.ft. second floor gallery of the Zhou B Art Center. 

FREAK OUT!! will be on view in Chicago from April 15th to May 14th, 2016. 

The opening reception is open to the public and will be held Friday, April 15th, from 7-10pm.

A catalog of the exhibition is available online HERE

Silvio Porzionato
Micahel Van Zeyl
Kip Omolade
Reuben Negron
Matthew Cherry
Nick Ward
Angela Hardy
Nadine Robbins
Jeff Bess
Cesar Conde
Jaime Valero
Victoria Selbach
Daniel Maidman
Daena Title
Pauline Aubey
Erica Elan Ciganek
Elizabeth Claire
Geraldine Rodriguez
Suzy Smith

Jan Brandt
Sharon Pomales
Natalie Roseman
Adam Holzrichter
Mike Selbach
Debra Balchen
Lacey Lewis
Melinda Whitmore
John Walker
Jeff Filipski
John Korn
Sonne Hernandez
Steven Da Luz
Patrick Earl Hammie
Debra Livingston
Francien Krieg
Adrian Cox
Dorielle Caimi
Bryce Ramming

Angela Swan
Shana Levenson
Daliah Ammar
Joyce Polance
Martin Easley
Tanja Gant
Mary Jones Easley
Katalin Studlik
Christopher Kienke
Nin Andrews
Grace Cavalieri
Ron Androla
Grady Harp
Joshua Gray
Matthew Hittinger
Sara Nordmark
Janice Bond


There is a rather frustrating sentiment in contemporary art that realism equates to "antiquated" or "conservative" or worst yet, "derivative." John Seed, writer, curator, and professor of art and art history at Mt. San Jacinto College in Southern California, tends to disagree. He recently penned an article in The Huffington Post entitled, Empathy, Humanism and Liberalism: Today's Realism is Anything But Conservative, that challenges those prejudiced notions and showcases a group of artists that use realism to push conceptual, thematic and social frontiers. I am honored to be one of those artists featured in the article. 

The social issues that are at the heart of today’s liberal politics — including women’s rights, LGBT issues, racial equality and secular identity — are animating a wide swath of representational paintings. Many are not overtly political, but instead they focus on human dynamics and situations with an emphasis on the power of empathy. Rather than focusing on life’s hardships, like the Social Realism of the early 20th century, today’s Progressive Realists are interest in human identity in the context of social and political constructs. To put it another way, realists have taken on many of the view and projects that have pre-occupied Postmodernists, but do so using time-honored methods and media.
— John Seed, Empathy, Humanism and Liberalism: Today’s Realism is Anything But Conservative

Other artists featured in this article include Brad Kunkle, Aleah Chapin, Erin AndersonMilan HrnjazovicSteve LinbergDiana CorvelleKyle HackettJean-Paul Mallozzi, and Matt Ballou.  

Click HERE to read the article in it's entirety.