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Jay Lynn Gomez

Born in San Bernardino, California to undocumented Mexican immigrants who have since become US citizens, Jay Lynn Gomez (b. 1986; formerly Ramiro Gomez) briefly attended the California Institute for the Arts before leaving to work as a live-in nanny with a West Hollywood family. Informed by her childhood and subsequent time working in the Hollywood Hills, Gomez has since garnered critical acclaim for her work addressing issues of immigration and class division. Gomez makes the “invisible” visible through her representations of labor forces which build and maintain the pools, gardens, and mansions of America’s wealthiest classes. In 2016, Gomez was the subject of Domestic Scenes – The Art of Ramiro Gomez, a monograph by Lawrence Weschler, published by Abrams. Gomez has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the University of Michigan, Institute for the Humanities, and the West Hollywood Public Library, as part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC; the Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; and the Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX; among others. Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA; the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA; and the Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA; among others.

JAY LYNN GOMEZ

b. 1986, San Bernardino, CA
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019   
Here, For A Moment, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 

2018   
In NYC, P·P·O·W, New York, NY

2017   
In West Hollywood, Getty PST-related Solo Show, West Hollywood Public Library, West Hollywood, CA

2016   
On Melrose, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2015   
Cut-Outs, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Cut-Outs, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

2014   
Domestic Scenes, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2013   
Luxury, Interrupted, UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, CA

2012   
Rose Gardens, Pehrspace, Los Angeles, CA

SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2022
To Begin Again: Artists and Childhood, Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, Boston, MA

2021    
and I will wear you in my heart of heart, FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY
Parallels and Peripheries, Practice and Presence, curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY
- LXS ANGELINS -, Galeria Javier Lopez & Fer Frances, Madrid, Spain
2021 L.A. Billboard Project, The Billboard Creative, Los Angeles, CA
Parallels & Peripheries: Practice + Presence, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY
A Very Anxious Feeling: Voices of Unrest in the American Experience; 20 Years of the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection, Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, VA
¡Printing the Revolution! The Rise and Impact of Chicano Graphics, 1965 to Now, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.

2020   
Alien vs. Citizen, MCA Chicago, Chicago, IL
2020 Vision, Southampton Arts Center, Southampton, NY

2019   
Sorry for the Mess, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV
With a Little Help from my Friends, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Tell Me a Story and I’ll Sing You a Song, Curated by Bianca Moran, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2017   
Sweat of Their Brow, National Portrait Gallery, Washington D.C.
Home - So Different, So Appealing, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
We Hold These Truths, No Longer Empty, Washington D.C.
My Barrio: Emigdio Vasquez and Chicana/o Identity in Orange County, Chapman University, Orange, CA
Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
You Belong Here: Reimaging the Blanton, Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas, Austin, TX
Cuidado! - The Help, Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA
Occupancy, curated by Lynn Cooney, 808 Gallery, Boston University, Boston, MA
Whitney Biennial, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Cuenca Biennial, curated by Dan Cameron, Cuenca, Ecuador

2016   
Domestic Seen, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS
S/Election, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
The Gildless Age, Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Southland, curated by Patrick Martinez, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Ha Ha! Business!, Luis de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2015   
Paris Photo Los Angeles, Charlie James Gallery, Paramount Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Zona Maco, Charlie James Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico
PULSE Miami Beach, Charlie James Gallery, Miami, FL

2014   
EXPO Chicago, Charlie James Gallery, Chicago, IL
ArtMRKT San Francisco, Charlie James Gallery, Fort Mason Center, CA
Recent Acquisitions, Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College, FL
LA Weekly Presents: Artopia, Grand Central Market, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Latin American Art Presents: Distant Parallels, The Collaborative, Long Beach, CA
Secrets & Lies, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego, CA
Dallas Art Fair, Charlie James Gallery, Fashion Industry Gallery, Dallas, TX
In(Visible) & (dis)Embodied, District of Columbia Arts Center, Washington D.C.
Prospect 2014, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego, CA
Aqua Art Miami, Charlie James Gallery, Aqua Hotel, FL
Art San Diego, Charlie James Gallery, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA

2013   
TJ Martell Foundation Artworks for the Cure Barker Hangar, CA
AFL-CIO National Convention, CA
Divested Interest, CSUF Grand Central Art Center, Los Angeles, CA
Meet Me at Metro, East LA Civic Center, Los Angeles, CA
Install: WEHO, West Hollywood Library, West Hollywood, CA

2012   
Global Cardboard Challenge, Imagination Foundation, CA
L.A Road Concert: Mulholland Dr., CA
Bang Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2011   
LA Road Concert: Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA

SELECT PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles, CA
Chapman University, Orange, CA
Escalette Permanent Collection of Chapman University, Orange, CA
Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas, Austin, TX
Estee Lauder Foundation
JP Morgan Chase Art Collection
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA
Museum of Contemporary Arts San Diego, San Diego, CA
Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College, Winter Park, FL

SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY

2021   
Jasmin Hernandez, “We Are Here: Visionaries of Color Transforming the Art World,” New York, NY: Abrams, 2021.

2020   
“Contemporary Artists (a publication during a pandemic),” The Department of Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, 2020.

2016   
Lawrence Weschler, “Domestic Scenes: The Art of Ramiro Gomez,” Abrams Publishing, 2016.
Carolina A. Miranda, “From Nanny to International Art Star: Ramiro Gomez on how his paintings reveal labor that makes California Cool possible,” Los Angeles Times, May 4, 2016.
Christopher Knight, “Review: Ramiro Gomez, On Melrose at Charlie James Gallery,” Los Angeles Times, May 4, 2016.
Katharine Schwab, “Documenting Los Angeles’ Near-Invisible Workers,” The Atlantic, April 20, 2016.
Susan Stamberg, “Gardens Don’t Tend Themselves: Portraits of the People Behind LA’s Luxury,” NPR Morning Edition, April 11, 2016.

2015   
Lawrence Weschler, “Ramiro Gomez’s Domestic Disturbances,” New York Times, August 15th, 2015.

2014   
Leah Ollman, “Review: Rendering the Invisible Visible,” Los Angeles Times, January 16th, 2014.

2013   
David Montgomery, “Protest artist’s cardboard cutouts draw attention to immigration issue,” The Washington Post, February 14, 2013.
Brian De Los Santos, “Artist works to keep immigrants in the picture,” NPR, February 14, 2013.
Hrag Vartanian, “The people behind your images of luxury,” Hyperallergic, December 18, 2013.
Brian De Los Santos, “Artist works to keep immigrants in the picture,” NPR, February 14, 2013.

2012   
Esmeralda Bermudez, “Artist pays homage to LA’s unseen workers,” Los Angeles Times, June 4, 2012.
Sarah Goodyear, “An LA artist makes immigrant workers impossible to ignore,” The Atlantic, July 12, 2012.

TEACHING

2014   
Guest Lecturer, UCLA
Guest Lecturer, Art & Social Justice, Congregation Kol Ami, CA

2013   
Guest Lecturer, AFL-CIO National Convention, Los Angeles, CA
Guest Lecturer, UCLA
Guest Lecturer, Stanford University
Guest Lecturer, “Aqui se respire lucha” UC San Diego

2012   
Guest Lecturer, Race Matters Series, “Quiet is the new loud” UC Santa Barbara
Guest Lecturer, “Sing the real” UC Santa Barbara

RESIDENCIES

2015   
University of Michigan, Institute for the Humanities, Ann Arbor, MI

2013   
City of West Hollywood Park   
Artist in Residence CSUF Grand Central Art Center, CA

MURAL

2013   
The Caretakers/Los Cuidadores, City of West Hollywood Park, CA

AWARDS

2014   
L.A. Weekly People

2013   
25 Artist to Watch, Artvoices Magazine
100 Green Leaders in Art, Poder Magazine

Selected Works

Selected Works Thumbnails
Ramiro Gomez, On 3rd Street, 2020

Ramiro Gomez
On 3rd Street, 2020
acrylic on stretched cardboard
12 x 12 ins.
30.5 x 30.5 cm

Ramiro Gomez, A Change Is Gonna Come, 2020

Ramiro Gomez
A Change Is Gonna Come, 2020
acrylic on paper
11 7/8 x 9 7/8 ins.
30.2 x 25.1 cm

Ramiro Gomez, On Sweetzer Ave, 2020

Ramiro Gomez
On Sweetzer Ave, 2020
acrylic on stretched cardboard
12 x 12 ins.
30.5 x 30.5 cm

Ramiro Gomez, Resting, 2019

Ramiro Gomez
Resting, 2019
acrylic and house paint on canvas
48 x 72 ins.
121.9 x 182.9 cm

Ramiro Gomez, The Broad, 2016

Ramiro Gomez
The Broad, 2016
acrylic on canvas
72 x 72 ins.
182.9 x 182.9 cm

Ramiro Gomez, Paramount Studios, 2016

Ramiro Gomez
Paramount Studios, 2016
acrylic on canvas
96 x 180 ins.
243.8 x 457.2 cm

Ramiro Gomez, On 3rd Street, 2020

Ramiro Gomez
On 3rd Street, 2020
acrylic on stretched cardboard
12 x 12 ins.
30.5 x 30.5 cm

Ramiro Gomez, A Change Is Gonna Come, 2020

Ramiro Gomez
A Change Is Gonna Come, 2020
acrylic on paper
11 7/8 x 9 7/8 ins.
30.2 x 25.1 cm

Ramiro Gomez, On Sweetzer Ave, 2020

Ramiro Gomez
On Sweetzer Ave, 2020
acrylic on stretched cardboard
12 x 12 ins.
30.5 x 30.5 cm

Ramiro Gomez, Resting, 2019

Ramiro Gomez
Resting, 2019
acrylic and house paint on canvas
48 x 72 ins.
121.9 x 182.9 cm

Ramiro Gomez, The Broad, 2016

Ramiro Gomez
The Broad, 2016
acrylic on canvas
72 x 72 ins.
182.9 x 182.9 cm

Ramiro Gomez, Paramount Studios, 2016

Ramiro Gomez
Paramount Studios, 2016
acrylic on canvas
96 x 180 ins.
243.8 x 457.2 cm