Anno Domini // the second coming of Art & Design


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Anno Domini // the second coming of Art & Design
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Todos Tenemos una Calavera / We All Have a Skull 
DENO (Madrid, Spain) solo exhibition


Pablo Vázquez, aka DENO (b. 1977), is an accomplished artist whose creative journey began in the lively graffiti scene of Madrid in 1989. Formerly a member of the renowned KR2 crew, Deno honed his skills and artistic expression through urban art, giving him a unique style that would serve him well as he transitioned into the tattoo arts after earning his degree in Philosophy from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid of Madrid 2002.

Deno has contributed his talents to some of the most prestigious tattoo studios in the world, including Ed Hardy’s Tattoo City in San Francisco, Tattoo Paradise in Washington DC, and Seven Doors Tattoo in London.

Drawing and painting have been an essential part of Deno’s life since childhood, and as he matured, his travels became a significant source of inspiration for his work as well. The profound questions about the fragility of life and the inevitability of death, as well as the diverse ways different cultures express these contemplations, intrigue and inspire the artist.

The skulls, animals, hands, and other ritual symbology present in this body of work constitute Deno’s personal imagery language, developed from firsthand experiences of the various cultures he has observed. Deno finds that the particular works in Todos Tenemos una Calavera enjoy a freedom and spontaneity rarely experienced in tattooing.

The paintings and ceramic sculptures were created during his travels to Madrid, San Francisco, London, Oaxaca, and New York City, among others. This series represents the culmination of all his interests and experiences, weaving together the worlds of graffiti, the ancient art of tattooing, and deep philosophical contemplation into a mesmerizing body of work that defies a singular genre description.

DENO currently lives and works in Madrid, Spain and London, England.

Todos Tenemos una Calavera / We All Have a Skull at Anno Domini is DENO’s debut solo exhibition in the United States.


Artist's reception: First Friday August 4th, 5–9pm
Exhibition dates: August 4th-September 16, 2023

Gallery hours:
Thursdays & *Fridays Noon–7pm, (*First Fridays 5-9pm)
Saturdays Noon–5pm

Please email with inquiries: rEvolution [at]


Anno Domini // the second coming of Art & Design
is proud to present...

OurAncestors are Calling Us
Jhovany De Ala (Oakland, CA) solo exhibition


When one creates, we do so in conversation with our ancestors. The heritage that we carry in our minds and bodies is reflected in our language and in art. We are shaped by what we have learned from history and from the voices of our grandmothers and grandfathers.

Our Ancestors Are Calling Us is a graphic display that highlights a part of our original culture. For the ancestors, the portraits, the animal world, and the universe of medicinal plants were part of a whole. The images that make up this exhibition honor that universe.

Through these images, I create a process between balance and spirituality. At the same time, I want to provide space to honor the beliefs and traditions that still thrive in our indigenous communities. These are represented as tributes in images that emerge from my imagination.

Our Ancestors Are Calling Us also issues an urgent call to rediscover the nature of which we are a part, urging us to care for it, respect it, and live well.

Nature lives in us; however, we often forget to live in harmony and respect with it. This oversight is a consequence of living in large cities surrounded by vehicles, skyscrapers, and submerged in gray skies. In such environments, time becomes of the essence, and the speed of life becomes absorbed by the demands of production and consumption. Consequently, we fail to make time to rediscover ourselves or to listen to others.

Our Ancestors Are Calling Us is a series of woodcut prints and mixed media paintings that reminds us of the power of ancestral connection and nature to guide us towards a more balanced and meaningful existence.

Jhovany De Ala (b. 1984), the visionary force behind Ocelote Press, is a self-taught artist originally from Oaxaca, Mexico. Oaxaca is well known for its artistic tradition in clay, textiles, paintings, printmaking, and–as Jhovany discovered at the age of 16–graffiti and street art. His years as a graffiti artist (which was considered highly rebellious and illegal at the time) greatly impacted his thinking on the possibilities of different forms of art, and his belief that art should remain free from gatekeepers, and it should consistently shift and grow to encompass all forms of expression, regardless of their origin.

Jhovany De Ala’s images are inspired by Mexican folk art and dives deep into Mexico’s history. He weaves in pre-colonial spirituality and harmony, while also reclaiming a legacy for his ancestors in the present day through his work. Creating from this space connects him to new dimensions and times which he represents through his wood cut prints and paintings.

In 2004 De Ala immigrated to San Francisco; always inspired by the legacy of artists and political movements, influencing the power of his work to build strong connections with each other as a collective. De Ala currently lives and works in Oakland, California.


Artist's reception: First Friday September 1st, 5–9pm
Exhibition dates: September 1-October 14, 2023

Gallery hours:
Thursdays & *Fridays Noon–7pm, (*First Fridays 5-9pm)
Saturdays Noon–5pm

Please email with inquiries: rEvolution [at]


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