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South Chicago Legacies
On view through January 8, 2023
Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art
Chicago, Illinois

“South Chicago Legacies” is the first major retrospective exhibition of the work of artist Roman Villarreal.

Throughout his artistic career, Villarreal has demonstrated mastery of materials: alabaster, marble, limestone, serpentine, lead and acrylic. South Chicago Legacies spans decades of his artistic practice, featuring works from the 1970s to the present day. The artist captures the spirit of his neighborhood of South Chicago in his art; subject matters range from urban tragedy and commemoration to family life and celebration to exploration of his Mexican heritage.

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[Image: Roman Villarreal (American, b. 1950). The Rainbow Lounge, 1970s. Acrylic on wood, 37 x 53 x 5 in. Courtesy of the Villarreal Family. Photo by Joseph “Fugie” Almanza]