Louis Fratino: Tenderness revealed

Work by Justin Favela

November 13, 2021 – February 13, 2022 
Anna K. Meredith Gallery 

Louis Fratino: Tenderness revealed, will be American artist Louis Fratino’s (b. 1993) very first solo museum exhibition. On view from November 13, 2021–February 13, 2022, the exhibition will feature over 20 paintings Fratino has produced between 2017 and 2021. Fratino is inspired by modern American and European artists from the early to mid-twentieth century, such as Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Pablo Picasso. Like them, Fratino composes pictures from simplistic and reductive shapes, flat perspective, and expressionistic color. He combines these techniques to uniquely translate the emotional sincerity of his subject matter. The paintings are both intimately scaled and grand, and range from meditative self-portraits, depictions of tender, everyday moments shared between queer partners, reflective interior scenes, and illustrations of the artist’s community.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated color catalogue. It will feature an essay by Jared Ledesma and a contribution from Elizabeth Willis, professor of poetry at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, University of Iowa.

Louis Fratino: Tenderness revealed is organized by Associate Curator Jared Ledesma.

(Above) Louis Fratino
Metropolitan, (2019)
Oil on canvas
60 x 94.75 inches

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