The interesting thing about the Wax Poetic Gallery is that you don’t expect to find an artist, a good artist at that, displayed on their walls. But there he is — the quasi-surrealist, Ronald Llanos. Of course you will first have to pass the regenerative energy bar on your left, and the hair salon on your right. Not to worry: Every step is worth it.
This is the first single art installation by the socially aware Llanos, who greatly appreciates the quote of the Dada movement artist Max Ernst, “There is art about art and art about life.” And Llanos delivers on that quote with his genuinely engaging and playful works, which are relatively small given his amount of talent.
Each piece tells a story of Los Angeles seen through younger eyes, and all with movement. Those movements include his scenes like “Pussy Cats at Borders” and “Musicians at Jax” jazz bar in Glendale. Not only does Llanos know his way around every landmark that native Angelenos hold close to their hearts, he makes you love them more with his vibrant work, especially his piece “Paseo Colorado” in Pasadena.