Visitors enjoy the 2011 MFA Graduate Exhibition at the Winery SF on Treasure Island.

Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series

Monique Prieto
Monday, October 31, 2011 - 7:30pm
Lecture Hall
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco,

Monique Prieto is a Los Angeles-based artist whose paintings combine figurative abstraction and text, with a sense of playfulness and balance in her use of form and color. Her paintings have evolved from works of biomorphic abstraction to include phrases from the diaries of 17th century British politician Samuel Pepys rendered in blocky letters and floating in seemingly three-dimensional space. Her work nods to early 20th century American masters such as Stanton Macdonald-Wright, Arthur Dove, and Georgia O’Keeffe, along with such seemingly incompatible influences as Robert Delaunay, Milton Avery, Philip Guston, and Pierre Bonnard.

Prieto has had numerous solo exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe, including ACME, Los Angeles; Cheim & Read, New York; Corvi-Mora, London; Il Capricorno, Venice; and Praz-Delavallade, Paris. Her work is in many public collections, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She received both her BFA and MFA from the California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles, California. Her solo exhibition at ACME, Los Angles runs from October 15 - November 12, 2011.

Prieto is a Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation Distinguished Visiting Fellow for Interdisciplinary Painting Practices.

The event is free and open to the public.

Staying Nowhere, 2009
acrylic on canvas
48.5 x 60 inches
Courtesy of ACME, Los Angeles

SFAI’s exhibitions and public programs—a component of which is the Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series—are supported in part by the Grants for the Arts /San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund. The Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation Distinguished Visiting Fellowships in Interdisciplinary Painting Practices are funded by the Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation.