WK 4 – Artist Conversation – Robert Nehemiah and Elmer Guevara

Artist: Robert Nehemiah and Elmer Guevara
Exhibition: Immaterial
Media: Canvas, Cardboard, Paint, Tarp, Scrap Metal, Tarp
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov West Gallery


Robert Nehemiah and Elmer Guevara are both from Los Angeles where they both attended different colleges. Robert was attending Rio Honda College and Elmer was attending EAST LA College in the past. Robert originally intended to become a firefighter, but he soon realized that he had a thing for painting and artwork. Elmer shared with us that he always had a passion for art and that was what he intended to do. They both eventually crossed in their lives and decided to collaborate due to their similarities in their artwork. They are currently attending CSULB in their journey to earn a BFA in Drawing and Painting.

During the artist conversation, the two artists told us more about themselves. Robert liked to paint on random materials such as wood, cardboard, etc., while Robert liked painting on big canvases. When I first saw the artwork, they both have dark colors associated with them because having light colors wouldn’t be very persuading due to their form of artwork. What I like about their artwork is that in some of their artwork they use distorted images and blends it in with the background to grab the viewer’s attention. It’s a very unique way of art and it was the first time that I have seen this type of artwork.

When you look at their artwork you see and think of many things. They like to draw pictures of friends, family, or even themselves and they also draw portraits of the homeless people of LA. what they are trying to do is get more attention from the viewers to bring the issue of the homeless to light. Robert uses the materials to show that trash and scrap materials are not just waste, they could be reused and recycled and become something better.

When I first came to class on week 4, I quickly viewed every gallery. What attracted me the most was the Gatov West Gallery, which contained Robert and Elmer’s artwork. For some reason I was attracted to it due to the nature of the art. The colors were appealing and the scenery made it feel very relatable in a way. I kind of feel what they are trying to do with their artwork. They are trying to get a message out to their viewers and I feel like they’re doing a good job.

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