Ruben Aguirre x Victor Lopez – “Paintings” @ Matthew Rachman Gallery

Matthew Rachman Gallery is pleased to announce the first full-length exhibition of their 2016 season, “Paintings by Ruben Aguirre + Victor Lopez.” The show features abstract works by Chicago artists Aguirre and Lopez. The gallery will host an opening reception Friday, March 25 from 6 – 9 pm, at which both artists will be in attendance. More information and images after the jump!


Drawing from their common roots in graffiti and hand stylings, the works of both Aguirre and Lopez consist of abstractions that explore varying techniques in layering, tonality and the common ground in “language” between the raw, urgency of urban street writing and the fluidity and intention behind their current, refined painting styles.

Ruben Aguirre’s current work consists of flat compositions with continued use of organic forms, playing with negative and positive space through the use color and texture. While not depicting specific letter characters, the accumulation of segments come together in the same way that the arrangement of words do. As a believer that words cannot always articulate the range of emotion and feeling that we encounter as humans, Aguirre sees his fragmented pieces capturing these raw, in between moments in it’s own dissected typographical language.

In Victor Lopez’ current series of paintings he uses abstraction as a visual language to represent himself in time and space. One painting picks up where the other left off in an ongoing investigation concerned more with color and process than with portraying a specific image. Lopez’ works develop by using intuitive marks as the starting point then applying several layers of color and drawing. He is constantly interested in the relationship between the intuitive and the structural elements in the paintings and the surreal possibilities they present.

The exhibition will run March 25 – May 15, 2016.



About Ruben Aguirre: Ruben Aguirre (b. 1979, Chicago, IL) is a Chicago-based painter who has transitioned from graffiti writing to an abstract painter/contemporary muralist. He has produced a number of murals in the Chicagoland area, across the U.S., Mexico, and recently Brazil. Aguirre’s work is an intersection of abstract graffiti, design, and contemporary Latino muralism. His work is informed by architecture and plays with re-imagining public space, while investigating pattern, texture, and color field through the use of the spray can. This carries over into his studio work while further exploring materials i.e., latex, wood, paper. He has exhibited in The World Chess Hall of Fame, St. Louis, MO, the Chicago Cultural Center, and in The National Museum of Mexican Art. His public work has been commissioned for schools, residential spaces, private businesses, neighborhood development organizations, as well as various corporate clients. He received a B.A. from Columbia College Chicago with a concentration in painting in 2002.



About Victor Lopez: Victor Lopez (b. 1974, Chicago IL) is a Chicago based artist raised in the Logan Square neighborhood of the city. Primarily self-taught, he began making art – guided by graffiti, urban culture and modern art. Lopez’s non-representational paintings are largely improvised, and images are developed by pulling from gestural marks, flowing into a technique of layering opaque and transparent color. Being active in the city’s graffiti culture at an early age led him to paint murals citywide, including murals on the west side for the North Lawndale YMCA and the Parris Fleming Foundation in 2008. He later attended Columbia College (Chicago), where he became interested in the abstract, inspired by the eccentricities of the Chicago Imagists and abstract expressionist paintings. He recently completed the Visual Art Certificate program at the University of Chicago Graham School, and has been awarded grants from the Illinois Arts Council and the Chicago Department of Cultural affairs, and exhibited his works throughout Chicago, at venues such as the Union League Club and Hyde Park Art Centre.


About Matthew Rachman Gallery: Matthew Rachman Gallery features a carefully curated collection of Mid-Century Modern furniture and contemporary art. Exhibitions are held regularly and their collection of rare vintage finds and curiosities changes constantly. The gallery is also available for event rental for philanthropic and private functions. For more information please visit

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