Located in Colorlab Tierrasal, contemporary gallery sits in the heart of Gallery Row at 6th & Spring and features work by emerging artists.

Founded in 2011, contemporary gallery presents original artwork and live music in the avant-garde style Juvencio has been associated with since opening his first space in 1996, Dionicia Essence Boutique, where he showcased works from such artists as Tasya van Ree, Donny Molls, and Jeff Ho.

Current Exhibition


Salitre - works by gildardo enrique


Los Angeles, CA – Contemporary Gallery is pleased to present “Salitre,” a collection of paintings by Downtown Los Angeles artist, Gildardo Enrique.

Originally from Guanajuato, Mexico, Gildardo Enrique came to the US in 1979. He lived in Santa Cruz, CA until 1986 and moved to the San Francisco Bay area where he began his art career. Since 2011, he has been building his livelihood in the creative mecca of DTLA. Gildardo Enrique’s work, combining figurative and abstract painting styles, is inspired by his Mexican identity, his life in California, and pop culture icons. The unique color palette of his paintings may be attributed to his color blindness, a condition he has utilized to his artistic advantage. 

2014          Aili Ice Studio at the Rosewood Hotel | Palo Alto, CA

2012          Open Studio | Los Angeles, CA

2005          Ron Pernell Studio (Solo Show) | San Francisco, CA

2003          City Hall, Office of Supervisor Matt Gonzales (Solo Show) | San Francisco, CA

2003          2223 Market (Solo Show) | San Francisco, CA

2001          City Hall, Office of Supervisor Matt Gonzales (Solo Show) | San Francisco, CA

2000          Cowboys and Angels (Solo Show) | San Francisco, CA

1999          Cesar Chavez Gallery at SF State University (Group Show, Honored with Jury Selection Award) | San Francisco, CA

1999          Oakland Museum of Art (Group Show) | Oakland, CA

1997          Cowboys and Angels (Solo Show) | San Francisco, CA

1996          Amphion Foundation (Solo Show) | San Francisco, CA

1995          Open Studio | San Francisco, CA

1994          Cinta Hair Studio (Solo Show) | San Francisco, CA

“Salitre” will be at contemporary gallery starting Sunday, Janurary 29th, 2017 through Sunday, March 19th, 2017.  

The artist will be present at the opening reception Sunday, Janurary 29th,

 2:00 – 5:00 PM, with refreshments and music by DJ Secret Crush.

 contemporary gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, and by appointment.

 For additional information please contact

Juvencio Jimenez-Valdez,

Past Exhibitions

Ai Tran Opening
January 22nd, Los Angeles CA -

contemporary gallery is pleased to present "MA," a collection of original paintings by artist, Ai Tran, with an opening reception on Friday, January 22nd, accompanied by DJ Secret Crush and merchants selling clothing and accessories.

Ai Tran is a twenty-seven year old artist born in Oklahoma and has been living in California since age two. Tran will be moving to Valle de Bravo, Mexico to teach art at Gaspart Studio in the spring. Instagram: 

Artist Statement

"At night in my childhood, monsters terrorized me in my dreams and imagination. This creation with original and outside influence was a product of my mind, which made made me a reflection of these monsters. All the way into my adulthood, these transformed into worries, regret, angry memories and premonitions of things that may or may never come. My very own mind becomes my enemy as I am never fully able to shut it off at times. Realizing that my mind is not of a separate entity, but is indeed a part me, these pieces express the embodiment of these monsters through thoughts, my separation of, and the longing for peace of mind and presentness." 


contemporary gallery & FachaPatoto present:

Dr. Lakra - monotipos

October 9th, Los Angeles CA -

One of the most prestigious Mexican contemporary artists unveils his first solo show in Los Angeles at Contemporary Gallery October 9th 2015.

Dr. Lakra, artist and tattooist from Oaxaca MX, embellishes vintage ads and found objects, manipulating images of pin-up girls, luchadores, and Japanese sumo wrestlers. His gallery installations are cabinets of curiosities featuring intricate wall paintings of beautiful women, indigenous statues and deities, human-like insect heads encased in vitrines, dolls transformed into gang members, and images of pin-up girls with full tattoo sleeves. Using traditional tattoo iconography as well as a free hand drawing style, Dr. Lakra brings energy to every page, canvas, or object that he floods with paint and ink.

Dr. Lakra was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Drawing Center in New York, which followed a show of his work at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston in 2010. He has exhibited widely throughout Mexico, the United States, and Europe at venues such as the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca (MACO), Oaxaca, Mexico; Tate Modern, London, England; Matthew Marks Gallery in New York, NY; Galerie Chantel Crousel in Paris, France; and Andrew Kreps Gallery in New York, NY. Select Permanent Collections: Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN

With Monotipos, Lakra deviates from the mediums he is famous for and presents the viewer with a series of monotypes, a very traditional medium, depicting his wonderfully non-traditional subjects.

contemporary gallery and FachaPatoto, with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the AMEXCID, the Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles, and the Government of the State of Oaxaca, invite you to view this special exhibition.