Contemporary artist Tony Peralta’s ongoing series ‘Rolos & Icons’ pays tribute to famous Latina icons wearing rollers. Beginning as a homage to his late mother, this series has blossomed into an expansive collection, with pieces living in Alicia Keys and Swizz Beats home and The Smithsonian.
Coining the term latino pop art, Peralta’s work calls upon influences like Keith Herring, his Dominican roots, and his New York City upbringing. Reminiscing on Saturday afternoons spent in Washington Heights where you’re likely to catch site of gorgeous and powerful women donning hair rollers, he translates a common Latina beauty ritual into his own unique formula of pop art.
By reimagining a variety of strong Latina icons – from Dora the Explorer to Wonder Woman, this show fills the gallery walls with divine femininity, providing both representation and a cause for celebration all at once.
Rolos & Icons II opens on Wednesday, April 12th at The Mexican Consulate of Los Angeles from 7pm to 10pm, marking his first time showcasing this body of work in the city of angels. Can’t make it to the opening reception? Fret not – this show will be on view until May 12th.