CK Contemporary

Marc Trujillo

“My aim is to create work that speaks of the present, yet is also actively engaged with painting’s long history. Light is singularly important for me, as it serves to organize the work and is the one element that all aspects of the painting must agree on to convey.”

(American, b. 1966)

Marc Trujillo is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico and currently resides in Los Angeles. Trujillo captures the in-between places of the American landscape: gas stations, shopping malls, big chain stores, and restaurants. His meticulous rendering of detail makes the everyday scenes he represents hyperreal. With an eye for negative space, he often highlights both the density and emptiness of urban areas, allowing the viewer to reflect on the unique within the mundane. Much like the work of Edward Hopper, Trujillo’s paintings capture the fabric of the everyday and often create a sense of the disconnection that can be found within the American landscape. The figure plays a vital role in his work and his paintings are constructed so that the viewer is the primary figure, immersed within the familiar scene. As Peter Frank, a journalist for the LA Weekly writes, “Trujillo evolves out of Edward Hopper by making the viewer the nighthawk”. 

Marc Trujillo received his B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and his M.F.A. from the Yale University School of Art, where he received the Ely Harwood Schless Memorial Fund Prize as well as the Ellen Battell Stoeckel Trust Fellowship. In 2001, Marc received the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, and in 2008 he received the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award in Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has had many shows on both coasts in the U.S., including solo shows at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art and the Bakersfield Museum of Art. His work is in numerous public and private collections including the Long Beach Museum and the New Britain Museum of Art.