ABOUT

BIO

Johnny Apodaca is known locally for continuing the artistic legacy of California’s Central Coast. For over forty years, Apodaca has endeavored to create a formal work of art – a union of his abstract training and the California landscape. In his unique way, the artist is a bridge from the past to the present day, becoming a link in the chain of the region’s artistic history and tradition.

Apodaca attended the McNay Institute in San Antonia, Texas in the early 70’s where he was inspired by an exceptional teacher, Reginald Rowe. He then moved to Los Angeles where he planned to study at the famed Otis Art Institute. Preliminary training dictated that he first attend Pasadena City College, where he majored in art history. So confident in Apodaca’s love and passion for art, the professor waived the final exam. This teacher also introduced Apodaca to Venice Beach and the vital artists of the bourgeoning LA art scene.

Traveling to the Monterey Peninsula to visit his siblings, Apodaca was overwhelmed by the natural beauty. He decided to stay and live in the beautiful village in a forest by the sea. Trained not to paint as other artists had 100 years ago, but to instill the landscape with modern strategies, he committed to adding to the area’s artistic lineage.

Apodaca has become an important part of the Central Coast art scene. He is a member and past board member of the Carmel Art Association, and has served on the Exhibition, Acquisitions and Programming Committee of the Monterey Museum of Art. He has also served on community art boards, including Pacific Grove Art Center.

In 2008, Apodaca’s painting “Summer Gold” was accepted into the permanent collection at the Monterey Museum of Art. He has also been invited into the permanent collection at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, California. Apodaca has been a seasonal teacher for the Carmel Art Institute, and a guest lecturer at California State University Monterey Bay.


EXHIBITIONS

2014           Shift: Five Decades of California Contemporary Painting, Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CA
2013           Monterey Now, Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CA
2012           The Green Heart, Gallery Apodaca, Carmel, CA
2011            Dream of Umbria, Gallery Apodaca, Carmel, CA
2010           Land and Sea, Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CA
2009          50/Fifty, Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CA
2008          Convergence 2: Six Monterey Peninsula Artists, Oliver Elliott Gallery, Carmel, CA
2008          Jeffers and Steinbeck: Habitat of Thought, Steinbeck Center, Salinas, CA
2007          Convergence: Six Monterey Peninsula Artists, Oliver Elliott Gallery, Carmel, CA
2003          Johnny Apodaca: Colorfield, Lisa Coscino Gallery, Pacific Grove, CA
2003          Tri County Juried Exhibition, Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CA
2002          Land and Legacy, La Mirada Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CA
2001           Monterey Juried Exhibition, Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CA
1997           Johnny Apodaca: Emerging Visions, Carmel Art Association, Carmel, CA
1996           Informal Views: The Informalists, New Art Gallery, Pacific Grove, CA
1996           One on One, Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CA


AWARDS

2015           Best Local Artist, Monterey County Weekly
2013           Best Local Artist, Carmel Pine Cone
2007          Best Local Artist, Carmel Art Festival
2004          Best Local Artist, Carmel Art Festival
2003          Honorable Mention, Carmel Art Festival
2002          Best Local Artist, Carmel Art Festival
1995           Johnny Apodaca: New Paintings, Painted Poems Studio, Carmel, CA
1993           The Embracing Landscape, Pacific Grove Art Center, Pacific Grove, CA
1992           26th Annual Art Competitive, Seaside City Hall, Seaside, CA
1990           Art Mural Project, Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CA
1990           Looking Toward the Light, Connolly Gallery, Carmel Valley, CA
1988           Johnny Apodaca: New Work, Gallery 7 Artist Cooperative, Pacific Grove, CA


EDUCATION

1975–1976  Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA
1973-1974   McNay Art Institute, San Antonio, TX


TEACHING

2011           Seasonal Instructor, Carmel Art Institute
2006         Guest Lecturer – Local Art History, California State University Monterey Bay


COLLECTIONS

2016           UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay, San Francisco, CA
2009          Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, Monterey, CA
2008          Permanent Collection of the Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CA
2007          Promised Gift to the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA


SELECT GALLERIES

Gallery Apodaca, Carmel, CA
Carmel Art Association, Carmel, CA
Edge Gallery, Carmel Valley, CA
Lyonshead Gallery, Carmel Valley, CA