Jerry Concha Biography

Jerry Concha




Gerald (Jerry) A. Concha, painter, muralist, and printmaker, was born in Sacramento, California on September 2, 1935 to Alfred and Anita Concha. He received his B.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute and co-founded the Galería de la Raza along with Rene Yanez, Rupert Garcia and Ralph Maradiaga in the Mission District in San Francisco. Concha was important in the nascent Chicano art movement in California and he became a notable printmaker working with Ernest de Soto at the de Soto Workshop in San Francisco. He also taught studio classes at the de Young Museum.

In his 11 October 1979 San Francisco Chronicle review of the San Francisco galleries, Thomas Albright devoted several paragraphs to the work of Jerry Concha on exhibit at Galeria Museo: “His new work is seductively beautiful but has a quiet strength and authority as well. Concha once painted geometric abstractions in a coolly elegant Hard Edge style, although there was a distinctive looseness to his planes and a flow to the rhythms of his shapes. His new abstractions retain an underpinning of geometry, but it has relaxed into loose lattice-works of soft-edged rectangles and squares.”

Concha had solo shows at the Galería de la Raza, the Van Doren Gallery, the Galería Museo, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Rental Gallery, and the Allrich Gallery, all in San Francisco. He was included in numerous group exhibitions in San Francisco as well as at the Casa de la Cultura in 1976 in Guadalajara, Mexico. Jerry Concha’s work is represented in the collections of the Bakersfield Museum of Art, California; the City of Palo Alto, California; and the Seattle Art Museum, Washington. A mosaic mural created by Concha in 1974 is located on the roof of San Francisco General Hospital.

Gerald Concha died around 2021 in Alameda, California.