rafka5aSelf-taught queer Chicano artist Ralfka Gonzalez was born in San Antonio, Texas in 1958 and now lives and works in Oakland, California. He has previously lived and worked as an artist in Philadelphia and Chicago, and has spent much of the past quarter century in Oaxaca, Mexico. While in Philadelphia in the 1980s and 1990s, Gonzalez participated in exhibitions at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Arthur Ross Gallery, Taller Puertorriqueño, Nexus Gallery, Afro-American Museum and The Painted Bride among other places. His mural, El Gran Conjunto del Fin del Mundo is on permanent exhibit at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.

IDIOTS, ICONS & IDOLS is the first solo exhibit of Gonzalez’s work in Philadelphia in over 20 years. The exhibit presents a retrospective of Gonzalez’ earlier work, now in private collections as well as showcasing some of the artist’s newest paintings.

The Dutch have a proverb… Just be normal, life is crazy enough. They also say, Just be crazy, life is normal enough. As a gay Latino, my life is about being crazy enough to be out, to be smart about my choices, and to not be normal. We have enough gay people that act and want to be like straight people. We need to stand  up to bullies, not just for the normal looking, and acting, especially for the ones that don’t fit in, the ones that don’t feel loved, the freaks, the “little monsters,” as Lady Gaga calls them. Bad or good, crazy keeps the world on its toes!
—Ralfka Gonzalez

Idiots, Icons & Idols
Ralfka Gonzalez:

That was then, this is now

Opening Reception
Saturday, September 10, 2011
6:00 — 10:00 PM

September 10 — October 10, 2011

A Seed on Diamond Gallery
124 W. Diamond Street
Philadelphia, PA

Presented by

Semilla Arts Initiative + Casa de Duende