Jefreid Lotti (b.1989) is a Cuban born artist and educator based in Miami, Florida. He holds an MFA degree from the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (2016). Lotti has exhibited and published his work professionally for over a decade, making primarily oil paintings, monotypes and sculptures. He obsessively represents a multitude of personal interiors which he insists on depicting with an abundance of impasto oil paint. In 2012, he co-founded the group Serverus along with painters Miguel Saludes and Alvaro Labanino –this project paved the way for multiple collaborations and painting centric exhibitions. Among his most recent exhibitions are: his solo shows, MECHANICS at the Coral Gables Museum, and Essential Work, at Gallery 217, Nova Southeastern University, FL (2021); and the group exhibitions Summer Days at Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami, FL (2021); Boundaries, Florida International University’s Miami Beach Urban Studios, Miami Beach, FL (2021); and The 40th Annual Secura Fine Arts Exhibition, Trout Museum of Art, Appleton, WI. Among many other awards and recognitions for his work are the 2020 Oolite Arts Relief Fund (2020); Artist Residency, University of Wisconsin, Green-Bay, WI; and the 3rd Place Award at the 8th All-Media Juried Biennial, Hollywood Art and Culture Center (2017). Lotti’s work was recently published in the magazine Islandia Journal, A (Sub)Tropical Publication, Miami, FL and his solo show MECHANICS at the Coral Gables Museum, was reviewed in the Palm Beach Arts Paper by Gretel Sarmiento.
Essential Work (2020 - Present) is a series of observational paintings of the mechanic shop where I work a full time job. These oil paintings of lone objects are done in isolation and after closing time. The shop being an "essential business" remained open during the worst of the pandemic, while most of the world was on lockdown. I ceased on the opportunity to use the space as a studio and subject matter. These paintings are as much about cars and formalism as they are about becoming resilient through challenges and isolation. I also see these works as a homage to the blue collar workers that keep the modern world running. Moreover, making oily paintings of the greasy metallic surfaces of the shop just made sense. The time constraint of working after closing time (5:00-8:00 PM) and the heat of an unventilated closed wearhouse, contributed to the speed of my gestures, the use of colors straight from the tube, and utilizing the white of the canvas as part of the value structure. As the series evolves there are inexhaustible possibilities of new forms and compositions since the tools of both trades, painting & mechanics have started to interact creating unusual pairings. This juxtaposition allows the objects to act as figures, still-lifes and landscapes of this unfamiliar metallic universe that is my daily environment.