Johnny Apodaca


Johnny Apodaca is known locally for continuing the artistic legacy of California’s Central Coast. For over forty years, Apodaca has endeavored to create a formal work of art – a union of his abstract training and the California landscape. In his unique way, the artist is a bridge from the past to the present day, becoming a link in the chain of the region’s artistic history and tradition.Apodaca attended the McNay Institute in San Antonia, Texas in the early 70’s where he was inspired by an exceptional teacher, Reginald Rowe. He then moved to Los Angeles where he planned to study at the famed Otis Art Institute. Preliminary training dictated that he first attend Pasadena City College, where he majored in art history. So confident in Apodaca’s love and passion for art, the professor waived the final exam. This teacher also introduced Apodaca to Venice Beach and the vital artists of the bourgeoning LA art scene.Traveling to the Monterey Peninsula to visit his siblings, Apodaca was overwhelmed by the natural beauty. He decided to stay and live in the beautiful village in a forest by the sea. Trained not to paint as other artists had 100 years ago, but to instill the landscape with modern strategies, he committed to adding to the area’s artistic lineage.Apodaca has become an important part of the Central Coast art scene. He is a member and past board member of the Carmel Art Association, and has served on the Exhibition, Acquisitions and Programming Committee of the Monterey Museum of Art. He has also served on community art boards, including Pacific Grove Art Center.In 2008, Apodaca’s painting “Summer Gold” was accepted into the permanent collection at the Monterey Museum of Art. He has also been invited into the permanent collection at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, California. Apodaca has been a seasonal teacher for the Carmel Art Institute, and a guest lecturer at California State University Monterey Bay.

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