2019 Keynote Lecture

with Luis González Palma

7:00pm, October 18, 2019

Luis González Palma,  Möbius , 2019. Courtesy the artist and Lisa Sette Gallery

Luis González Palma, Möbius, 2019. Courtesy the artist and Lisa Sette Gallery

Luis González Palma is among the renowned Latin American artists using photography today. Born in Guatemala, his work is an exploration of ideas surrounding the human condition, presented as lush, layered prints that bridge a painter’s sensibility with the apparent veracity of photography. Palma’s portraits encourage us to gaze into his subjects with both reverence and a reflective connection to our own inner experience.

Variation 7 , Courtesy Lisa Sette Gallery

Variation 7, Courtesy Lisa Sette Gallery

Imagined Memories

Imagination and staging are two elements at work in Luis González Palma’s wide ranging photographs spanning more than three decades. His work combines a poetic sense of composition with elements of Magical Realism and Modernism. This unique approach to photography is the result of imaginative thinking and a keen interest in the universal experiences that define the human condition.

SDSU Downtown Gallery solo exhibition

The SDSU Downtown Gallery will present a solo exhibition by Luis González Palma, on view from October 17, 2019 to Jan 26, 2020. The exhibition will present a range of original works spanning more than a decade. The artist will be present for an exhibition reception on Thursday, October 17 from 5:00 to 8:00pm.

The Sun 7 , Courtesy Lisa Sette Gallery

The Sun 7, Courtesy Lisa Sette Gallery


Luis González Palma

Based in Cordoba, Argentina, Luis González Palma began a career in photography after studying architecture and cinematography in his native Guatemala. This experience helped Palma consider his ideas in relation to space, and how our personal histories help inform individual connections with works of art.

Luis González Palma’s work is held in major museums and private collections around the world. He has presented work at the Venice Biennial, spoken at festivals and art fairs in the Americas, Europe, and Asia, and been the subject of countless solo and group exhibitions since the late 1980s. His work can be found in the collections of institutions such as, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museo de Belles Artes, Buenos Aires, and Yale University, among others.