Erwin Papa

Erwin Papa is an illustrator, sculptor, and toy designer living in Lakewood, California. His work includes comic books, T-shirts, enamel pins, and illustrations for print and commercial work, as well as toys for independent companies. His sculpture pieces remain in the permanent collections of MF Gallery in Brooklyn in New York and Copro Nason Gallery in Santa Monica, California. His mural work can be seen in San Diego and Long Beach, California. Erwin has organized and curated art shows, as well as exhibited work since 2011.

He is part of Hello Welcome, an independent art collective based in Long Beach, which has organized shows exhibiting local artists and musicians through murals, galleries, art competitions, and musical performances. These shows were supported by the Arts Council of Long Beach and have been featured in the Long Beach Post.

Along with two other artist friends, Erwin has organized Ink & Drink Long Beach, a free and open to the public (21 years of age and over), monthly drink and draw event, currently held at Supply & Demand in Long Beach. The event’s main goal is for local artists to connect with each other by bringing them all together to build and strengthen the local art community while hanging out and having fun.

Exhibitions

2019

ROOT CAUSE, Long Beach City College, Long Beach, CA

Red Lantern Red Light, Chewing Foil, Los Angeles, CA

Hello Welcome – Closing Show, The Icehouse, Long Beach, CA

Hello Welcome, The Icehouse, Long Beach, CA

 

2018

CREEPSHOW, Buckwild Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Print Show, Public, Long Beach, CA

 

2017

Damn Dirty Ape, MF Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

 

2016

Star Wars Pilots, Pop Secret Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Conjoined 666, Copro Nason Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

 

2015

Avengers Group Show, A Shop Called Quest, Claremont, CA

 

2014

Abound, Santa Monica, CA

Dream Sequence, The Colony, Gardena, CA

Art and Friends – Episode 4, Los Angeles, CA

Student Art Show, Long Beach City College, Long Beach, CA

Versus: The Fighting Game Art Show, Cookies and Cream, Pasadena, CA

Fluffy, Fuzzy, Cuddly Baddies, Cookies and Cream, Pasadena, CA

More Than a Side-kick, Cookies and Cream, Pasadena, CA

 

2013

Nagahama, Cultural Alliance – Long Beach, Long Beach, CA

Requiem Vol.3, The Colony, Gardena, CA

Requiem Vol.2, The Colony, Gardena, CA

Just in Cases, Long Beach City College, Long Beach, CA

Student Art Show, Long Beach City College, Long Beach, CA

A Sunday All Bent, Eat Drink Americano, Los Angeles, CA

Star Wars Themed Art Show, Los Angeles, CA

 

2012

Winter Student Show, Cultural Alliance – Long Beach, Long Beach, CA

Rotten Luck, 55 Degree Wine, Los Angeles, CA

Awfully Short Notice, Seeley Studios, Los Angeles, CA

Thinkture Festival, Gallery Expo, Long Beach, CA

Student Art Show, Long Beach City College, Long Beach, CA

 

2011

Student Art Show, Long Beach City College, Long Beach, CA

 

Member of the Following Organizations

Hello Welcome, Founding Member, 2018

Ink & Drink Long Beach, Founding Member, 2018

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Contact Information

Erwin Papa
(562) 881-4041
epapa2004@yahoo.com

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Artist Work

Galactic Ghost Demon - Saint Ghoul (2019)
Ink illustration with digital color, 8.5 x 11"

Illustration for Acid Rain and Toy Pizza (2019)
Ink illustration with digital color, 11 x 14"

Illustration for OPEN 2 zine (2020)
Ink illustration with digital color, 11 x 17"

Soft Sculpture (2015)
Wood, plastic, and foam, separate modular pieces, sizes range from 3x3x3' to 5x5x5'

Old Knight for Toy Pizza (2019)
Revised design and sculpt, 4"

Link to Old Knight for Toy Pizza

Gasher Twice (2017)
Design and sculpt, 3 3/4"