Art Exhibits

On this page you may see where I am exhibiting my paintings and poetry. I am a serious, dedicated professional artist and poet and I have a long trajectory in exhibiting my work in commercial venues where my artwork is for sale. Information about recent and upcoming exhibitions are included here so you may visit if you have an opportunity. You may contact me or the galleries directly if you are interested in purchasing my artwork. I enjoy periodically showing my artwork in person because it truly is a much different experience than what one sees on the computer screen. In person you may view, for example, the 3-dimensional, textural quality of the work as well as the layering of paint, glazes, details, and subtleties of color.

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Traveling Exhibitions

We Are You

I am involved in an ongoing socio-political exhibition that began in the Spring of 2012 in New York City, titled, "We Are You International Traveling Project" (WAY IT's).

Duende Art

Artist collective exemplifying the Duende concept of Federico Garcia-Lorca. The collective consists of 10 artists including painters, photographers, and sculptors. You may read more about it in the Duende Art page and on the official Duende Art site.

Art Show for Peace

San Francisco/Bay Area-Based Artist and Curator Luis Pinedo curated "Losing Count - Cuentas Perdidas", an exhibition that began in San Francisco, California's Studio 24/Galeria de la Raza before heading into Mexico.

Previous Exhibitions

Gregorio Escalante Gallery: Ramos, Waguespack, Navar - Feb 2017

Lola Cola
"Lola Cola"
Lithograph, signed in pencil
31 x 27 in © 1972 Mel Ramos

Gregorio Escalante Gallery was pleased to announce its exhibition The Power of Pop, featuring work by Mel Ramos, John Waguespack, and Gabriel Navar, co-curated by Eric Murphy. The trio of artists each confront popular culture through commercial appropriation and satire, spanning decades of rich cultural history that originate from archetypal pop art ideologies.

Presenting a new challenge to traditional fine art in the postwar world, Pop Art was an era that spawned numerous well known artists that continue to influence contemporary art today. Mel Ramos is hailed as one of the early pioneers of Pop Art in America, exhibiting with contemporaries that include Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Wayne Thiebaud to name a few. His work celebrates aspects of popular culture as represented in mass media through his depictions of superheroes and the female nude emerging from candy wrappers, Chiquita bananas, and lounging in martini glasses. His hyper-realistic figurative renderings and bold swaths of color converge to create pivotal commentaries of mass culture, advertising, and mundane cultural objects typically elevated to a crucial status. Ramos’ crucial role in art history has influenced numerous painters over the last five decades, including fellow artists in The Power of Pop.

City Works

Louie-Meager Gallery, Exhibition dates: January 20 - February 17, 2017. Ohlone College, 43600 Mission Boulevard, Fremont, California

Karsluhe Art Fair 2016 in Germany

Honored to be included in the 13th International Art Fair at Karlsluhe, Germany where over 13 countries, and over 200 galleries participate. The art fair, which features paintings, sculptures, prints and photography, runs from February 18th through the 21st, 2016th. I am fortunate to be represented in this event by my gallery since 1996, Galerie B. Haasner.

Yearbook: 12th Anniversary Exhibition

Joyce Gordon Gallery, September 4 - December 26, 2015

Reception: September 4th, 6pm - 9pm. There was live Latin American music.

Artist talk and catalog release: Friday, October 2nd, 6pm - 9pm.

Critical Mass: An Exhibition of Neo-Latino Art

Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ. September 16 – November 6, 2015.

Four Ohlone Faculty Painters

Louie-Meager Gallery, Ohlone College, Fremont, CA. anuary 25 – February 17, 2015.

We Are You International Project

Exhibition at the Human Rights Gallery at Kean University, New Jersey (mid-September, 2015 - mid-January, 2016). I am also included in a "We Are You International Project" Poetry Anthology... it will be released to coincide with the exhibition and its poetry recital (on October 8th).

Opening reception Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff, 3:30 p.m. Reception with the Artists, 6 p.m

Poetry Reading — Thursday, October 8, 2015

Guest Lecture & Panel Discussion — Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Film Screening — Monday, November 9, 2015

By Young and By Old

Künstlerverein Walkmühle, Wiesbaden, Germany (September 18 - October 18, 2015).

New from the Studio

Galerie B. Haasner, Wiesbaden, Germany (September 11 - October 17, 2015); the exhibition celebrated Galerie B. Haasner's 30 year anniversary... it was founded in 1985!!

Art About Water

Art About Water Gallery, Newburgh, New York. April 25 – May 3, 2015.

Win Win 3

Curated Invitational Exhibition and Fundraiser for NIAD, Clif Bar and Company, Emeryville, California; March 28, 2015.


"Twitter Art Exhibition: Moss"; Invitational Exhibition, Moss Library, Moss, Norway; March 12 - 26, 2015.

Twitter Art Exhibit: Moss is an international exhibition of original postcard art benefiting Home-Start Moss, a nonprofit organization helping families in need. Home-Start believes that every child deserves the best start in life. By matching experienced volunteers to families with young children, Home-Start provides support that is free to the family, confidential, and based on individual needs. Volunteers do not make judgements or tell the parents how to live their lives; instead, they try to encourage confidence and independence, and help families build their own networks of friends and other support.

The County College of Morris

art exhibition announcement

The County College of Morris Visual Arts Gallery presents neo-latino Art Exhibition in the Sherman H. Masten Library in Randolph, New Jersey. Exhibition will run from November 24, 2014 - January 30, 2015. Reception will take place Wednesday, December 3rd, 5:30 - 8:00 pm.

Participating artists: Josephine Barreiro, Olga Bautista, Monica S. Camin, Christine Deveraux, Nicola Stewart Fonseca, Ricardo Fonseca, Alexis Mendoza, Fermin Mendoza, Lisette Morel, Angelica Munoz Castano, Gabriel Navar, Isabel Nazario, Julio Nazario, Jose Rodeiro, Sergio Villamizar, Raul Villareal

San Pablo Art Gallery

"Ubiquitous World of Small Screens" work by Gabriel Navar & Byron Spicer. Exhibition runs from November 1 - 30, 2014. Reception November 8, 2014.

alien being harrassed

What: Two-Person Art Exhibition

Title: "Ubiquitous World of Small Screens, Paintings by Gabriel Navar, Byron Spicer"

Where: San Pablo Art Gallery, 13831 San Pablo Ave, Maple Hall, Bldg 4, San Pablo, CA 94806 ; Gallery Hours: Sat & Sun, 12 – 4pm
Contact: Anne Austin, 510.882.8673

When: November 1 – 30, 2014.
Artist Reception: Saturday, November 8, 1 – 3 pm, Free and Open to the Public

"In Navar's paintings that he has been working on for the last few years, he has been inspired by the internet platform as a way of investigating relevant current events as well as the human condition as it relates to and is tightly interwoven with our inner, cyber, natural and urban landscapes. His paintings are a critique as well as an assimilation and celebration of the multiplicity and disparate abundance of visual information often intended to side-track, seduce and/or sell something to the public. His work is based on the visual realm of popular and often infamous imagery that permeates our social consciousness through the media, especially the internet (specifically He has been, over the years, intrigued, amused and informed by the phenomena of youtube, apps and, most recently, "selfies". These techno-gadget-oriented "arenas" have been fodder for him through a creative lens for many years."

Dr. Jose Rodeiro
Professor of Art and Art History, New Jersey City College, New Jersey

"Byron Spicer was born and raised in San Francisco during the 1960's and 70's. Growing up in the media age and in a city known for its diversity, his paintings celebrate a world of many voices and encourage active and imaginative interpretation. Spicer's works are created using a distinctive technique involving the application of acrylic paint to small sections of acid free paper and wood panel, employing color and imperfect lines to create something immediate and essential. Despite themes and imagery that may initially appear childlike, Spicer's work invited viewers to take a deeper look at what joy means in their own lives."

David Huff, 
Exhibitions & Programs Coordinator/Curator Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland CA

Flourish Oakland 2014

Flourish: Party + Art Auction: This is an annual event to raise funds for the Oakland Art's Scene. My painting "selfie 4 legends" was auctioned and SOLD. My friend Mel Ramos' artwork "Batman" also SOLD.

Colorado Exhibition

"We Are You Project: Colorado Exhibition"; Curated Invitational Exhibition; University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Galleries of Contemporary Art, Colorado Springs, Colorado; September 4 – October 11, 2014.

"We Are You" Colorado Announcement

Participating artists:
José Acosta, Josephine Barreiro, Hugo X. Bastidas, Monica S. Camin, Jacqui Casale, Pablo Caviedes, Carlos Chavez, Williams Coronado, Laura L. Cuevas, EfrenAve, Ricardo Fonseca, Quintin Gonzalez, Roberto Márquez, Elizabeth Jiménez Montelongo, Lisette Morel, Gabriel Navar, Isabel Alvarez Nazario, Julio Nazario, Anthony Ortega, Joe Peña, Duda Penteado, Mel Ramos, Ana Laura Rivera, George Rivera, José Rodeiro, Marta Sanchez-Dallam, Patricio Moreno Toro, Sergio Villamizar, and Raúl Villarreal.

We Are You: New England Edition

Fountain Street Fine Art Gallery in Framingham, Massachusetts (59 Fountain Street, Framingham, MA 01702; near Boston, Massachusetts) is the latest venue for the traveling We Are You exhibition which started in New York, traveled to California and is returning to the East Coast. The exhibition ran from June 19 - August 3, 2014. Poetry Reading took place Sunday, June 22nd from 1 - 4 pm and Documentary Screening took place Wednesday, June 25th at 7 pm at the Amazing Things Art Center located at 160 Hollis St, Framingham, MA 01702.

We Are You Project. " Announcement for the New England Edition"


Art Exhibition at William V. Musto Cultural Center (420 15th St - Between New York and Berhemline - Union City, NJ 07087) from March 29th - May 29th, 2014. Opening Reception, Saturday, March 29th at 7:00 pm.

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Allan Hancock Fine Arts Faculty Exhibit

Annual Fine Arts Faculty Art Show took place March 24th - May 22, 2014. The opening reception took place Thursday April 3, 2014 from 2:45 pm - 5 pm. The exhibit showcased the artistic talent of the Allan Hancock art faculty John Hood, David Passage, Bob Nichols, Nancy Jo Ward, Deborah West, Marti Fast, Cheryl Weiss, Gabriel Navar among many others.

The pieces I included in this faculty art exhibit are part of my "masks" series. Concealing/revealing head “apparatuses”, masks, are a major part of my symbolic, surrealist and pop-oriented visual vocabulary.

A Moveable Feast

Raul Villareal, MFA, and Virginia Fabbri Butera, Ph.D. are curators of the exhibition "A Moveable Feast: Art, Food and Migration" at Therese A. Maloney Art Gallery, at College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, New Jersey (2 Convent Road, Morristown, NJ 07960). The exhibition runs from February 10 - April 30, 2014. The reception takes place on Thursday, February 27th from 4:30-7:00 PM and a panel discussion follows. For more information visit Therese A. Maloney Art Gallery

Sintaro Art Bash

Support a great cause which provides clean water, community development and child education in an African village (Sintaro, Ethiopia). Saturday May 3, 2014 from 6:00 - 9:00 pm the public is welcomed to participate in a silent auction of acclaimed artists' work at the Danville Veterans Hall, Danville, California. Tickets, donations and art preview at SINTAROARTBASH.COM

"In this exhibition, we have selected paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, mixed media collages, videos and installation works where food and its rituals have an even greater multiplicity of meanings and purposes in our contemporary, globally-aware society." Excerpt from the Essay Statement for "A Moveable Feast" Art Exhibition.

Silent Auction

New Jersey City University's Sixth Annual Diversity Silent Auction Exhibition takes place April 7 - 17, 2014. Opening Reception is Tuesday April 8th from 5:00 - 7:00 pm at the Michael B. Gilligan Student Union Gallery (Room 102). The Silent Auction is a fundraiser to benefit the American Conference on Diversity Sponsored by the NJCU Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.

Participating artists include Olga Mercedes Bautista, Monica Chavarria, Christian Chavez, Kristie Ann Fitzpatrick, Charles Hayes, Stephanie Herrera, Ben Jones, Hugo Morales, Gabriel Navar, Michael Perna, Jose Rodeiro, Lou Tiscornia, Mollie Thonneson, Sergio Villamizar and Raul Villareal. For more information contact Sergio Villamizar at (201) 200-2170.

painting by Gabriel Navar being autioned off at annual silent auction "Amo el Flujo" © 2000 Gabriel Navar

Hello City 2014

An exhibition inspired by Sanrio characters. This is a two day event, March 7th and 8th, 2014 (2722A Hyde Street, San Francisco, CA 94109). Free tickets should be reserved at Eventbrite.

announcement showcasing artwork from the Oasis Art Exhibition Announcement for Hello City 2014

Joyce Gordon Holiday Art

Joyce Gordon Gallery (406 14th Street, Oakland, California) held it's 2nd Annual Holiday Art Salon Exhibit. This curated group exhibition included my artwork as well as Salma Arastu, Barbara Aliza, Dru Anderson, Ramy Asker, Latisha Baker, Janet Barnes, Lorraine Castillo, Nicole Dixon, Nina Fabunmi, James Gayles, Robert Grant, Margo Humprhrey, Kwesi Hutchful, Diallo Mwathi Jeffrey, Woody Johnson, Nell Painter, Ted Pontiflet, Fernando Reyes, Jackie Bryant Smith, John Toms, Christina Velazques, John Waguespack, Heid Wyckoff. The exhibit ran through January 31, 2014.

Olive Oyl doing a selfie - taking a picture of herself " app 2 embody old school 2 "
acrylic, pencils, ink, & oil on canvas board
20 x 16 in © 2013 Gabriel Navar
(this painting was part of the Holiday Salon)

Encuentros: Celebrating Hispanic Culture

Zufall Health Center in Dover, New Jersey (18 West Blackwell Street) celebrated Hispanic Culture Through Art starting on Mexican's Independence Day (September 16, 2013) through December 16, 2013. The artwork was displayed throughout the public and clinical spaces of the health center's landmark headquarters. I displayed artwork I created in 2000 and 2002 (Super Faith, I Love The Flow, and Spacial Summer).

Californian Artists

Galerie B. Haasner (Saalgasse 38/Eingang Nerostraße · 65183 Wiesbaden, Germany · Tel./Fax 0611-51422) presents "California Artists", an overview over the past 28 years with paintings, works on paper, sculptures and art objects created by the gallery’s Californian artists, all educated in the tradition of Modernism. Their artworks exhibit the complexity and variety between figurative and abstract expression, where both their personal and cultural experiences lead them to find their very own style. The exhibition ran from October 26th to December 7th, 2013 Preview and Opening on Friday, October 25th, 7-9 p.m.

Artists: Fletcher Benton - Susan Federico - Gabriel Navar - Yukako Okudaira Gertrud Parker - Barbara Rainforth - Mel Ramos - Fritz Rauh (1920-2011) Fred Reichman (1925-2005) - Michael Roby - Adele Seltzer

Flourish Oakland

The Oakland Art Murmur Galleries, with the collaboration of the Oakland Museum's Senior Curator Rene de Guzman, selected artwork for the Oakland Art Murmur Fundraising Exhibition & Auction. The exhibition was held at Slate Contemporary Gallery (473 25th Street, between Broadway and Telegraph in Oakland, California) from October 1 – 15, 2013. The auction was held at MUA Restaurant, Uptown Oakland (2442 Webster near Broadway and 25th, Oakland, California) on October 20, 2013. The imagery is of a shirtless man with a blue batman logo tattooed on his chest scratching his gumball head titled "app 2 avoid disasters 3". I am pleased the piece sold since the money went to a great art cause.

man with a gumball head and batman logo tattoo. " app 2 avoid disasters 3 "
acrylic, pencils, ink, & oil on paper
24 x 18 in © 2013 Gabriel Navar

Up In Arms

"Up In Arms" is a creative response to gun violence in the United States of America. An opening reception will take place Friday, July 5th, 2013 as part of the Art After Dark in San Luis Obispo, California at the Steynberg Gallery (1531 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo, California 93401 (805) 547-0278). The reception features graphic posters in a quasi homage to the protest posters from the "Make Love Not War" 1960s, to the "99%" posters of the occupy movement.

I took part in the activities by exhibiting my artwork which make reference to the gun culture and violence in America. The original artwork and posters were displayed at the Steynberg Gallery as well as throughout the San Luis Obispo community. The exhibition closed on July 28, 2013.

Mel Ramos & Gabriel Navar: Mentor & Mentee

Curated Invitational Exhibition, Galerie B. Haasner, Wiesbaden, Germany, March 22– April 27, 2013. If you are in the Rhine River Region, please visit the gallery at Saalgasse 38 · D-65183 Wiesbaden · Tel. + Fax: +49 (0) 611-51422 · Öffnungszeiten: Di-Fr 14-19 Uhr, Sa 11-15 Uhr (Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Friday from 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm; Saturday 11:00am - 3:00 pm).

Galerie B. Haasner also participated in "Kurze Nacht in Wiesbaden" and showcased Mel Ramos' prints and my recent artwork currently exhibiting in the gallery. The event took place April 13, 2013.

Pay It Forward

The concept of having this mentor/mentee exhibition at Joyce Gordon Gallery in Oakland came from Oakland-based artist and good friend of mine, Woody Johnson, who wanted to bring together an exhibition featuring Mel Ramos (my mentor, teacher and friend) and myself. Woody thought it would be a great opportunity to feature a teacher and student who have ties to Oakland, California. Eric Murphy was also involved in the curatorial aspect of the exhibition. Both Woody and Eric have been instrumental in the realization of the Pay It Forward exhibition. It ran through July 28, 2012. Joyce Gordon Gallery is located at 406 14th St., Downtown Oakland. Read More....

Cycling images of exhibition announcement for Pay It Forward Images from the June 1st, 2012 Opening Reception.

"The "Pay It Forward" art exhibition is an inspiring look at a remarkable mentor/mentee relationship initiated in 1991, when Gabriel Navar enrolled in Mel Ramos's "Painting 1" course at California State University, East Bay. Additionally, the show provides insight into the California School's stylistic legacy: a continuum from one generation to the next, charting an art historical trajectory marked by the four great sequoias of Bay-Area painting: Richard Diebenkorn, Wayne Thiebaud, Mel Ramos and Gabriel Navar. Thereby acknowledging "a" generous artistic inheritance genially passed down from Richard Diebenkorn (1922-1993) to Wayne Thiebaud, and then from Thiebaud to Ramos, and manifesting in the 21st Century in Navar's oeuvre." - excerpt from exhibition essay by Dr. José Rodeiro.

Frida Festival 2013

The paintings below are part of the Frida Festival (April 5th - April 20th, 2013 at East End Studio Gallery: 708 Ste C Telephone Rd, Houston, TX 77023) which celebrates the life of Frida Kahlo. The event showcases paintings, poetry and is filled with various activities such as Frida look-alike contest and Frida themed market. This is a great way to celebrate Frida Kahlo, a respected visual artist, as well as to unite the community through the arts. Art Exhibition Opening April 5, 2013.

Frida Festival "app 4 reawakening the 3rd eye"
acrylic & oil on paper © 2011 Gabriel Navar
"Felizmente Casados"
acrylic & oil on canvas © 2003 Gabriel Navar

Frida Kahlo is an inspirational artist/painter who has influenced my work. I have appropriated some of her images as a sort of homage to her life. Besides the two images above, I also have other paintings inspired by her amazing work. Please read more about those paintings and how I have re-contextualized her iconic images where I "visually" speak of topics including globalization, consumption, the ubiquity of technology, relationships, among others: 1. Felizmente Casados, 2. app 4 reawakening the 3rd eye, 3. app 4 mexibiculturalizing.


I was fortunate to be in a group art exhibition, "GRAPHIK - MALEREI - PLASTIK aus dem Galerieprogramm" at Galerie B. Haasner, in Wiesbaden, Germany (the gallery that has been representing me in Germany since 1996). If you are in the Rhine River Region, please visit the gallery at Saalgasse 38 · D-65183 Wiesbaden · Tel. + Fax: +49 (0) 611-51422 · Öffnungszeiten: Di-Fr 14-19 Uhr, Sa 11-15 Uhr. The exhibition ran from November 2 through December 15, 2012.

Karlsluhe International Art Fair

Galerie B. Haasner participates in Karlsluhe (Germany) International Art Fair and features and represents my art work, from March 7 - 10, 2013. The Karlsluhe Art Fair features International galleries showcasing classic, modern and contemporary art. I am so fortunate that several of my painting sold !

Karlsluhe International Art Fair

The Holiday A.R.T. Salon Exhibit

Joyce Gordon Gallery, 406 14th St, Oakland, California 94607
When: December 7 - December 28, 2012
Opening Reception: First Friday, December 7, 6-9 pm

Joyce Gordon Gallery

Postcards from the Edge 2013

Visual Aids' 25th anniversary benefit sale showcases the artwork of established and emerging artists. It opened Friday, January 25th at Sikkema Jenkins & Co. (530 W 22nd Street, New York, NY, 10011). The artwork is displayed anonymously, revealing the name of the artist only after purchase for this benefit exhibition.

Painting Galleries

Visit my Painting Galleries: navar For over twenty years, image-making for me has been a passion and avenue for exploring experiences, dreams and preoccupations, including issues of our dependence on technology, consumer culture, relationships, spirituality, politics, and the human "theatre". The paintings are arranged into different galleries, grouped, chronologically (the earliest from 1993 and spanning into the present) and "themes", especially when I find myself working in a series of paintings inspired from my life experiences, memories, nostalgia and personal interest, for example multi-generational, cross-cultural, popular consumer-based iconography and imagery, such as Chespirito, the Morton Salt Girl, muppets from Sesame Street, the Mexican Loteria, and Art History Homages.