First published in the Nov. 26 print issue of the South Pasadena Review.
Republic of Lucha recently held the opening of Luchapolis, an art showcase of work by artist Jorge Gutierrez, a Los Angeles-based Emmy Award-winning artist, animator and film director originally from Mexico.
His unique body of work spans over two decades, infusing the most profound Mexican iconography with a visual style.
From his film “The Book of Life” to the cult-favorite animated show “El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera” and his new Netflix animated series “Maya and the Three,” Gutierrez’s ability to create worlds, characters and images that speak to both the soul and the eye has made him a favorite among fans and fellow artists.
The world of Lucha Libre, as a pivotal cultural element, has long been a constant in Gutierrez’s work. The mythology, colorfulness, absurdity and heroism represented by Luchadores can be found in many of his creations. His unique interpretation of these characters both celebrates and challenges their reverence and sanctity, making the “Lucha” or “Fight” a banner and identity available to all.
The gallery includes a combined collection of 19 original paintings, silk-screens and toys never-before seen and pieces created specifically for the show at Republic of Lucha. All works in this collection will be available for sale. This is Republic of Lucha’s seventh and final gallery show of 2021.
Republic of Lucha has been garnering rave review for the uniqueness of its concept and the quality of its gallery exhibits. The world’s only retail store, art gallery and event space all-in-one dedicated exclusively to the culture of Lucha Libre, created by Lucha superstars Penta Zero Miedo and Rey Fenix, located in the city of South Pasadena — “The quirky little store in the quirky little town.”
The opening reception was recently held with Guttierez in attendance and generously supported by Sagrada Mezcal and Patada de Burro Mezcal.