George Yepes, Los Angeles Member Since July 2010 Artist Statement George Yepes Biography:
"BEST INDESCRIBABLE WALL ART" - BEST OF LOS ANGELES George Yepes. "Muralist and Painter Yepes is Los Angeles' greatest living Baroque artist".
Marc B. Haefele, Writer LA WEEKLY
"When it comes to sheer touch that combines beautiful control over line and brushwork, yet seemingly spontaneous expression, George Yepes is among the best. His darkly romantic excess can't help but make you think he would have been Dante Gabriel Rossetti's (1828 - 1882, London, England), equal among the Pre-Raphaelites. But these saints and sinners are hardly a throwback. Yepes' painting has a visual density and suggestiveness that is as tantalizing to the intellect as it is arresting for the eye".
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"Like Jacopo Robusti Tintoretto (1518 - 1594, Venice, Italy), George Yepes has the ability to pull down from heaven the designs which God has for humans and paint them so people can discover through the paintings what they are deaf to in words".
Dr. David Carrasco, Professor - History of Religions Editor-in-Chief, Oxford Encyclopedia of Mesoamerican Cultures Director, Moses Mesoamerican Archive and Research Project Neil L. Rudenstine Professor of the Study of Latin America Divinity School - Harvard University
Called "The City's Preeminent Muralist" (L.A. New Times - June 2000), and named a "Treasure of Los Angeles" in 1997 by The Mayor and the Los Angeles City Council, painter George Yepes rises above and beyond the Los Angeles genre by calling on classical master works from Caravaggio, Titian, Tintoretto, and Velasquez for inspiration. Self-taught, with a refined renaissance bent; from religious iconography to erotica George Yepes brings a confidence and knowledge of his craft that calls to mind the great Mexican Muralists. Imbued with a contemporary street sense, this is a painter who could have challenged the old greats in the salon. His paintings and murals combine the best of both worlds where bravado meets classical standards.
Yepes' paintings are in forty museum collections and have been collected by a widely diverse audience, from Sean Penn & Madonna, Cheech Marin, Patricia Arquette, Anthony Keidis, Quentin Tarantino, and Robert Rodriguez. His Warner Bros. album cover for Los Lobos titled "La Pistola y el Corazon" is published as one of the 'One Hundred Best Album Covers of All Time'.
Hollywood Actresses Salma Hayek, Eva Longoria, and Patricia Arquette have modeled for Yepes paintings. Also Antonio Banderas and Johnny Depp were painted by Yepes for the El Mariachi Trilogy, “Mexico and Mariachis”.
With grand scale and furious momentum Yepes has painted over 800,000 square feet of eloquent social, historical, and sacred images onto the facades of everything from churches and hospitals to album covers. His Warner Bros. album cover for Los Lobos titled "La Pistola y el Corazon" has won numerous awards, and is in many museum collections. (Sean Penn and Madonna bought the original painting for a record-breaking sum in 1989.)
In 2009, George Yepes opened a studio in Las Vegas, Nevada; completed another set design in Austin, Texas for Robert Rodriguez & Quentin Tarantino's latest 2010 film, "Machete" (September 2010 Premiere).
From "Solamente Salma 2006"; "Grind House 2007"; and now "Machete 2010" staring Robert De Niro; Jessica Alba; Michelle Rodriguez; Lyndsay Lohan; Danny Trejo; and Cheech Marin: George Yepes and movie director, Robert Rodriguez (with Quentin Tarantino): creative giants each in his own rite, have combined their formidable force of talents and given life to new collaborative artworks. Like Vampires robbing liquor stores from dusk till dawn, George Yepes and Robert Rodriguez communicate with each other as they communicate with the world: with Two- Smokin' Barrels.