Biography

Sculptor, painter, printmaker, & photographer, Eduardo Oropeza remains a commanding presence in contemporary art. He applied a high level of devotion and integrity to his artwork. After the many years he had been working at his chosen profession, he saw being an artist as a tremendous gift, which honored and humbled him. A native of California's San Joaquin Valley and long time resident of East Los Angeles, Oropeza's academic training began with the study of Sociology. After taking an art course, he ultimately changed majors and received a Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from San Jose State. Post graduate work followed at San Jose, San Diego State at Long Beach and Palomar College.

Oropeza’s contribution to public art in Los Angeles can be seen in a ceramic mosaic covering the 2 story Self Help Graphics Workshop building located at Ceasar Chavez and Gage streets in East Los Angeles. Oropeza donated his time and artistic talent to complete this multi-year project. The second phase of this project was the creation of a Virgin of Guadalupe shrine, shown here, for the community.

Selected Exhibitions


2021 Glenn Green Galleries Exhibiton of bronze sculptures, Tesuque, New Mexico

2021 Scottsdale's Museum of the West, Scottsdale, Arizona

2019 Arte Sin Fronteras: Prints from the Self Help Graphics Studio, Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas

2018 Entre Tinta y Lucha: 45 Years of Self Help Graphics & Art, Cal State Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California

2017 Day of the Dead: Tilica y Flaca es la Calaca, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, Illinois

2016 Where Past Meets Present, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, Illinois

2016 From El Corazon de East LA, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, Illinois

2016 Estampas de la Raza: Contemporary Prints from the Romo Collection, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, Illinois

2012 Estampas de la Raza: Contemporary Prints from the Romo Collection, McNay Museum of Art, San Antonio, Texas

2012 El Jarabo Muertiano, McNay Museum of Art, San Antonio, Texas

2010 Vida Breve: Day of the Dead 2210, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, Illinois

2008-9 Bold Caballeros y Nobel Bandidas, Autry National Center of The American West, 
Los Angeles, California
2006-7 
Hispanic Research Institute, Arizona State University, Tempe City Hall,
Tempe, Arizona
1996 
Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, Chicago, Illinois
1994 
Amerika Haus, Berlin, GERMANY
1988 
Galeria Otra Vez, Los Angeles, California Galeria Sin Frontera, Austin, Texas
1986 
University of California, Los Angeles, California Images, Los Angeles, California Centro Cultural, Tijuana,MEXICO Raza Gallery, 
San Diego, California
1985 
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, California Triangle Gallery, San Francisco, California Otis Art
Institute, Los Angeles, California Transamerica Gallery, Los Angeles, California Exposition Park, Los Angeles, California Galeria de Ia Palacio,Mexico City, MEXICO
1984
Los Angeles Center for Photography, Los Angeles, California Cityscape Gallery, Pasadena, California

Selected Collections:

Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art (LACMA), Hispanic Research Center, Arizona State University, City of Sacramento, California, Mary Tyler Moore, Eartha Kitt, Juanita Jordan, BET Television, St. Regis Hotel, San Francisco