Newark Museum acquires painting by Gallery Aferro resident artist Jo-El Lopez

Puerto Rico born, Paterson-raised artist Jo-El Lopez has been a fixture on the Newark art scene in recent years, up to his current artist-in-residency at Gallery Aferro (73 Market Street).

His paintings have also appeared in other venues throughout the tri-state, including The Bronx Art Center, New Jersey City State University Gallery, and The Center for Contemporary Art.

Last week, Lopez notched a significant milestone in his career when Newark Museum acquired one of his paintings.

Millennial Guardian Angel made its debut in Lopez’ February 2016 “Speaking In Tongues” solo show at Aferro. The painting, which depicts a winged figure whose face is awash in the light of a mobile phone he cradles in his hands, is inspired by millennials’ “tech-based rituals that others find intriguing,” according to a press release about the Museum’s acquisition.

Millennial Guardian Angel will become part of the Museum’s permanent collection, and will also be included in a contemporary art installation in Newark Museum’s Seeing America galleries. Seeing America is comprised of seventeen galleries where more than 300 paintings and sculptures dating from 1730 to the present day are on display.

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