José Lerma uses an inventive approach to traditional painting and portraiture that abstracts in constant flux between references to personal history as well as historic figures and events. Lerma’s pieces give an immediate sense of distortion and chaos with innumerable layers of paint onto seemingly random substrates. But as one spends more time with the the pieces and comes closer to them, the philosophy of distortion through calculated repetition becomes evident. His process indirectly pays homage to the transformation of memory, myth, and history as each retelling of an event takes it further from its point of origin, leaving an epically distorted legend. The artist’s method encourages viewers to see painting’s potential in the reassemblage of what our mind and world are made up of – a collective memory of past experiences, lessons, and stories. Scroll through his diverse pieces below!