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Cheri Pann

Since the mid-90s, she has exhibited exclusively in her live/work studio in Venice, California, where she is continuously at work painting in oil, building mural-sized constructions that serve as political commentaries, and creating vessels, functional items, and tiles out of stoneware clay. Her tiles have found their way into the mosaics decorating her home—reminiscent of the work of Gaudi or the Watts Towers of Sam Rodia—as well as numerous private commissions, all jointly executed with her husband, Gonzalo Duran.

Pann’s ongoing project for the past several years has been a series of expressionist oil portraits of Duran, which now take up an entire wall of their home. There are currently 32 portraits in the series, which Cheri plans on expanding with 16 more. In addition, Pann has painted self-portraits and studies of Gonzalo and her together. “I have five galleries of work in our house. It’s always growing, always evolving,” she says.