Anacostia Arts Center Presents Luis Peralta Del Valle Out of Chaos

By Editorial Team on October 7, 2019
GRACE by Luis Peralta Del Valle. Courtesy of the artist.
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Opening Reception: Friday, October 11 from 6pm to 9:30pm
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Award-winning artist Luis Peralta Del Valle was selected for a solo art exhibition at the Anacostia Arts Center in Washington, D.C. Luis is a Nicaraguan-born, District of Columbia raised artist who is known for his vibrant and colorful abstract paintings and his lifelike portraiture.

Del Valle will exhibit Out of Chaos. The show features his Out of Chaos Series, a physical manifestation of his work and philosophy; Love, Hope, and Art. Luis believes that amazing things can be born out of the struggle and pain that we experience when it is channeled correctly. He has used his pain, frustration and setbacks to push himself into manifesting new creations, full of purpose, inspiration, and passion.

Transforming repurposed street signs, Luis captures the essence of Dorothy Johnson, Misty Copeland, Frederick Douglass, and other iconic figures who have converted their pain, challenges, and frustration into purpose. They not only transformed their lives but influenced the lives of others for generations. Similarly, Luis brings together the chaotic elements of life and
graffiti art through the metamorphosis of his pain onto the weather-beaten and otherwise damaged street signs.

Everyday street signs are transfigured from one symbolic vocabulary to a new one rooted in love, hope, and art. Visions of strength, determination, prosperity, and beauty, are created using refined elements of traditional portraiture and the embedding of positive messages. Luis connects the visual and symbolic in a way that provides literal interpretations to the viewer. The power of messaging in the signs is volumized by the overlaying of the images of these powerful people, creating new directions for us in our lives. Warnings of potential danger, “YIELD,” cries for help and change, “STOP,” and various direct commands to avoid impending danger, such as “LEFT TURN ONLY” and “ROAD CLOSED AHEAD,” are given a purpose greater than directing our path in traffic.

The dates for the exhibition are October 11, 2019 through November 15, 2019.

Luis Peralta Del Valle was raised in the Columbia Heights neighborhood in the District of Columbia and now lives and creates his art in the Anacostia Historic District of Washington, D.C. Now age 38, Luis has been a professional artist for over 20 years. Regarding this show Del Valle stated, “Before I painted the first piece in my series Out of Chaos, I read a poem by the late great Tupac Shakur – ‘The Rose That Grew From Concrete. One verse really spoke to me: ‘Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete? Provin nature’s laws wrong; It learned to walk without having feet; Funny it seems but by keeping its dreams; It learned to breathe FRESH air.’ In that verse Tupac expressed in words how I feel about the possibility of beauty and greatness in the least likely places. I took that inspiration and harvested some of the infinite seeds that God planted all around us, waiting for us to have the courage to trust in their existence, find, and nurture them.”

The Anacostia Arts Center is dedicated to creating a home for small businesses, artists, arts and cultural organizations to fulfill its commitment to the revitalization and sustainable economic development of Historic Anacostia. The Center opened in 2013 and is 9,300 square feet, and includes a 1,000 square feet Black Box Theater; space for five galleries/boutiques; a short term exhibition gallery called Blank Space SE, a café, and an 800 square feet lounge area. The Anacostia Arts Center is found on the web at http://anacostiaartscenter.com/.

The Out of Chaos Series is a physical manifestation of Luis’ work and philosophy of Love, Hope, and Art. The works in the series are painted on repurposed street signs to merge the subject with the urban landscape and the viewer to a symbolic environment. In this symbolic terrain the subjects of the artwork are visual guides that are positive messages connecting the
visual and symbolic in a way that provides literal interpretations to the viewer.

About Luis Peralta Del Valle:
Luis Peralta Del Valle lives and works in Washington, D.C. He believes that artistic development is a critical element in community development; The arts facilitate improvement in quality of life by providing tools to modify behaviors through the channeling of self-expression into productive work. They also inspire and motivate individuals, creating friendly competition grounded in positive behaviors. Accordingly, Luis uses his role as a public artist to further his vision for vibrant, family-friendly communities.

Luis’s artwork is represented in the permanent collections of various organizations and companies including: the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Art Bank, the National Museum of Catholic Art and Library, the Latin American Youth Center, and Chiaramonte Construction Company.

His website can be found at www.LuisPeraltaGallery.com. He also can be reached at Collector@LuisPeraltaGallery.com.

Hours:

  • Tuesday – Saturday, 10AM-7PM
  • Sunday, 10AM-3PM.

The Anacostia Arts Center is located at at 1231 Good Hope Road SE – (202) 631-6291.