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In A Perfect World

In A Perfect World: Optimism in an Age of Anxiety

October 12 through November 20, 2020

Ringel Gallery, Stewart Center, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN


Artists Roberto Lugo and Mat Tomezsko create artwork that is rooted in immediate political, social, and environmental concerns, but which takes the long view to look at humanity’s legacy of ingenuity and resilience in the face of struggle. Both artists use their chosen medium and practice to explore contemporary ideas through a historical lens and further notions of representation, accessibility, education, democratization, and expression. 

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Wynorrific Times: Roberto Lugo and Mat Tomezsko

Wexler Gallery

October 6, 2019 - January 25, 2020

Opening Reception: Fri., Oct. 6, 6-8pm


Wynorrific Times is a two-person show featuring new work by Roberto Lugo and Mat Tomezsko. The exhibition is a visual exploration of the social conditions and historical through-lines that make our contemporary world both terrible and beautiful.


Lugo and Tomezsko, both raised in Philadelphia, share a sensibility that is informed by graffiti and the urban environment of the city. Lugo’s works are multicultural mash-ups, European and Asian porcelain forms reimagined as vessels of representation for those historically absent from such luxury items. His work balances the perceptions associated with porcelain and hip hop, combining seemingly incongruous cultures into a single tradition. Tomezsko similarly uses medium in a metaphorical way, incorporating found materials such as weekly coupons and asphalt into formal abstract compositions. The works appear like post-war and minimalist paintings, but contain layers of imagery and meaning that operate outside of the visual system and traditional narrative.


Though rooted in the aesthetic of their upbringing, their artwork looks forward as they infuse fresh ideas and new expression into their chosen disciplines. Lugo and Tomezsko have maintained a collaborative partnership since first exhibiting together in 2013.

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Thomas Hunter Projects

January 27 - February 23, 2019

Opening Reception: Fri., Feb. 8, 6-8pm


NOW is a solo exhibition of multimedia paintings by Mat Tomezsko made through an elaborate process of layering, patterning, adding, and subtracting an excessive amount of acrylic, spray paint, and asphalt. They contain language, shapes, and materials that operate both as symbols and as formal elements in the composition. 

On view at Thomas Hunter Projects, Hunter College, Thomas Hunter Building (930 Lexington Ave.) New York, NY. Jan. 27 - Feb 23.

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November 10, 2018 - January 5, 2019

Curated by Susanna Gold, PhD. Art Historian / Independent Curator

Opening Reception: Sat., Nov. 10, 6-9pm

"Second Saturday" Reception: Sat., Dec. 8, 2018, 6-9pm

Location: NoBA Artspaces, 202 Bala Ave., Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004

Hours: Thurs / Fri / Sat 12-6pm and by appointment

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Selections from (O) Poetry Paintings and The Welcome Paintings

at The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania

Permanent Collection 

The Colonial Penn Center - 3641 Locust Walk 

open to the public: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm

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at The Delaware Contemporary

May 26 - August 27, 2017


Roberto Lugo, Theodore Harris, Charlie Cunningham, Yelizaveta Masalimova, and Mat Tomezsko

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I Was Of Three Minds: Understanding America Through Bluebirds and Blackbirds

at The Painted Bride Art Center

January 23 - March 8, 2015

I Was Of Three Minds was a collaborative installation by Roberto Lugo and Mat Tomezsko, featured as a part ofThe City Real & Imagined: Urbanism, Identity, and Identification at The Painted Bride Art Center. 


Amze Emmons, Jesse Krimes, Drew Leshko, and Roberto Lugo + Mat Tomezsko

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There Is No

at The Crane Arts

November 8 - December 12, 2013

There Is No was exhibited as part of the Juvenile In Justice exhibition at The Crane Arts. The exhibition was curated by Julien Robson and Rachel Zimmerman and features the work of photographer Richard Ross, ceramicist Roberto Lugo, and painter Mat Tomezsko. 

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See the whole series HERE

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