"Words are just a way we communicate. Images are a way we communicate. And I couldn't figure out why they had to be in different baskets."
From "Art in the Twenty-First Century" Season 4 (2007)
Lari Pittman was born and works in Los Angeles. His references and background which inspire his paintings and drawings include the freedom and chaos of the city, his memories of growing up in Columbia and his “very, very strong Mediterranean core.” Despite a charmed childhood, Pittman explains that what keeps him “radicalized” is an awareness of this country’s attitude towards the gay community. He also explains how he draws inspiration from religious images and retablos as well as gardening and landscaping. “I don’t respond to the idea of nature at large. I prefer landscaping,” says Pittman, “…landscaping as a way to push back, a little bit, the chaos of nature…the kind of violence of it.”