The thousands of artworks at SFMOMA offer countless opportunities to look closely and think deeply about some of the most amazing artists of our time. To celebrate both the artists on view in the newly expanded museum and the creative communities of the Bay Area, 50 Artists invites local artists and creative professionals to share how icons of modern and contemporary art matter to them. This week, SFMOMA’s own Christo Oropeza takes a journey into the work of John Bankston.
Oropeza is a San Francisco–born artist working in multiple media. He has helped design and paint two murals in San Francisco, located downtown at Tip Top Market on Turk Street, and at 25th Street behind Mission Pie. In 2010, Oropeza co-founded Incline Gallery with fellow artist Brian Perrin. Oropeza is a member of the Pacific Felt Factory, an arts complex located in San Francisco’s Mission District. In addition to his oil paintings, Oropeza has uses his own photography to create cut-paper images collaged together to reflect the changing and resisting landscapes of his native city.