Artist Statement

For millennia, numerous cultures have used the innate act of drawing and the ceramic medium to record their existence. From these artifacts, we can form an understanding and various interpretations of the cultural paradigms, sociopolitical practices, mythologies, and the human experience of the worlds that created them. 

It is this anthropological aspect that propels my work in its creative endeavor, using the sculptural forms as vehicles to compose linear and fragmented narratives.  

Altered by the imagination, memory, and the like, my work engages the idea of recording selected aspects of contemporary society, creating spaces for mystery, speculation, and wonder, in methods as old and universal as human creativity itself. 

Curriculum Vitae


2013   Master of Fine Arts, University of California, Los Angeles  

2009  Bachelor of Fine Arts, California State University, Long Beach 

Gallery Representation 

The Something Machine, New York 

Solo Exhibitions 

2022   Allen Priebe Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, Wisconsin (upcoming)

2022   Laberintos del Delirio, The Something Machine, Bellport, New York 

2019   Form and Image, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Los Angeles, California 

2017   Mano-Made: New Expression in Craft by Latino Artist, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, Craft in America Center, Los Angeles, California 

2010   Fused, Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield, Massachusetts 

2009   Clay Street, Armstrong Gallery, Pomona, California 

2009   Dreamy Nightmares, Archer Gallery, Archer School for Girls, Los Angeles, California 

Selected Group Exhibitions 

2022   Conversing in Clay: Ceramics from the LACMA Collection, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California 

2020   Democracy 2020: Craft & the Election, virtual exhibition Craft in America Center 

2020   Shelter, Place, Social, Distance: Contemporary Dialogues from the Permanent Collection, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, Massachusetts 

2019   The Body, The Object, The Other, Craft Contemporary, Los Angeles, California 

2019   Mano-Made: New Expression in Craft by Latino Artist, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, Massachusetts 

2018   In Between the Lines, Steuben Gallery, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York 

2018   About Face: Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Alabama 

2018   Humanize, Boehm Gallery, Palomar College, San Marcos, California 

2018   Stories of Boundaries: Professional Artist Fellows Exhibition, Collaborate Gallery, Long Beach, California  

2018   Día de Muertos: A Spiritual Legacy, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, Illinois 

2017   Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale 2017, South Korea 

2017   Dark Progressivism: The Built Environment, Museum of Art and History,  Lancaster, California 

2017   Borders and Neighbors, Craft Connectivity between the U.S. and Mexico, El Pueblo de Los Angeles Biscailuz Gallery, Los Angeles, California 

2017   Far Bazaar at Cerritos College, Cerritos California 

2017   We the People: Serving Notice, American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, California 

2016   Lineage: Mentorship & Learning. Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, California 

2015   SUR Biennial: Rio Hondo College, Whittier, California 

2015   California Handmade: State of the Arts, Maloof Foundation, Alta Loma, California 

2015   Control + Release: Contemporary Ceramics in Los Angeles, Biola University,  La Mirada, California 

2015   Cerritos College Faculty Art Exhibition, Cerritos College, Cerritos, California 

2013   Lesson Plan: DA Center for the Arts, Pomona, California 

2013   MFA Exhibition #4, UCLA New Wight Gallery, Los Angeles, California 

2013   USPS LA, HCC-Central Art Gallery, Earth/Energy: NCECA 2013, Huston, Texas  

2012   UCLA Department of Art MFA 2013 Exhibition, UCLA New Wight Gallery, Los Angeles, California 

2012   Facial Expressionism : Cerritos College Art Gallery, Cerritos, California 

2011   Exposed : America Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, California 

2010   Re-objectification: SOFA New York, Ferrin Gallery, New York, New York 

2009   The Illusculptors: SOFA Chicago, Ferrin Gallery, Chicago, Illinois 

2009   Art Auction XIII: Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, California 

2009   Juried All Media Exhibition: Palos Verdes Art Center, Palos Verdes, California 

2009   June Group Show: The Hive Gallery & Studios, Los Angeles, California 

2009   Insights 2009 : University Art Museum, CSULB, Long Beach, California 

2008   California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Arts : Davis, California 

2008   Insights 2008 : University Art Museum, CSULB, Long Beach, California 

2007   Art Auction XII : Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, California 


2020   Whitney, Kay. “Gerardo Monterrubio Psychological Collage: Ceramics as Autobiography” Ceramics Monthly, Jan 2020 

2018   Adams, Thomas, host. “Episode 20 Gerardo Monterrubio” Art Traffic Podcast, 19 Jul. 2018 

2018   Galia Armeland, “Six Vases that Tell a Story, Visual Study” Tripod: Material/Text/Image, Bazalel Academy of Arts, Jerusalem, Issue #1, March 2018 

2018   Annabel Osberg, “The Streetwise Depictions of Gerardo Monterrubio. Blood on Clay” Artillery Magazine, March-April, 2018 

2017  PBS Craft in America "Neighbors" episode 

2017   Leah Ollman, “Gerardo Monterrubio’s ‘Mano-Made’ works. A swirling vortex of lives, captured on clay” Los Angeles Times, November 18, 2017 

2017   Emily Zaiden, “Mano-Made: New Expression in Craft by Latino Artists” Exhibition Catalogue  

2017   Sammy Dalai, “Craft that Crosses the Americas,” Modern Magazine, August 22, 2017 

2017   Andrew Ronallo, “Emerging Voices 2017,”American Craft Magazine, October/November  

2017   Leslie Ferrin, “Honorable Mention” Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale  International Competition Catalog 2017 

2017   “Exposure” Ceramics Monthly, November issue 

2012   James MacDevitt , “Artist Biographies, Gerardo Monterrubio,” Facial Expressionism, Immanence Envisaged Catalog 2012 

2009   Cynthia Madrigal, “Clay Street,” Ceramics Monthly, October 2009 

2009   Profile, Juxtapoz Art & Culture Magazine, April 2009 

2009   In Sculpture,, April 13, 2009 


2018   Praxis, Long Beach Museum of Art Extension.  


Los Angeles County Museum of Art 

Fuller Craft Museum 

American Museum of Ceramic Art 

Craft in America Center, permanent collection 

Carol Sauvion, executive director of Craft in America 

Todd Wingate, executive director of the Riverside Museum of Art 

Ronald Nelson, Executive Director of Long Beach Museum of Art 


2015 Long Beach Museum of Art, Artist in Residence  

2010 Wonderful Ceramics Group, CO. LTD, Marco Polo Tiles, Guangdong Province, China 


2018   Professional Artist Fellowship, Arts Council for Long Beach 

2017   American Craft Council, Emerging Voices Award 

2012   Armory Teaching Artist Fellowship, Armory Center for the Arts 

2011   The Beverly G. Alpay Memorial Award, Palos Verdes Art Center 

2009   Dramatic Allied Arts Guild, Long Beach CA 

2008   Travel Study Scholarship to Peru, CSULB 

2007   Travel Study Scholarship to China and Korea, CSULB 

Invited Lectures / Workshops 

2022   “Conversing with Collections: New Spins on Ceramics, Gerardo Monterrubio” Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

2022   University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, Wisconsin (upcoming)

2022   San Diego City College

2021   California State University, Long Beach

2021   Scripps College, Claremont, CA

2020   UC Berkley, Department of Art Practice 

2020   Virginia Commonwealth University, School of the Arts 

2020   University of Alaska Anchorage, Department of Art   

2018   Craft in California and Mexico: New Roles in Contemporary Culture, LACMA 

2018   The Episcopal School of Los Angeles, Visiting Artist and Scholars 

2017   "Craft in America: Borders & Neighbors" A Screening and Discussion, LA Made Programs, Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library, Los Angeles, CA 

2017   Craft in America Center, Artist Talk, Los Angeles, CA 

2017   Imagine That, Work Intensive #4, California State University, Long Beach.  

2016   Palomar College, visiting artist, San Marcos, CA 

2015   Long Beach Museum of Art, Artist in Residence Lecture 

2015   Milliken High School, LBMA Artist in Residence Lecture 

2011   American Museum of Ceramic Art, Second Saturday Lecture Series  

2011   Cypress College, Ceramic Department Lecture Series 

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