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In the Name of the Monster, the Robot, and the Bleeding Ghost

"Charlie Fishing" by Rick 'Dienzo' Blanco

This past weekend, just eleven miles east of Downtown Los Angeles, CA Gallery Nucleus kicked off it's newest exhibit, curated and presented by CHOGRIN, titled 'In the Name of the Monster, the Robot and the Bleeding Ghost'. On the heels of the release of Guillermo Del Toro's 'The Shape of Water', this art exhibit celebrates the legendary director and his incredible legacy of films. This show contains over 100 selected artists featured in this group show selected by editor Gary Deocampo.

Rick 'Dienzo' Blanco with the Creature himself Doug Jones, photo credit: Albert L. Ortega

One of the artists, and personal favorite of mine, Rick 'Dienzo' Blanco featured his acrylic painting of the Creature from 'The Shape of Water' titled 'Charlie Fishing'. As he stated on his Facebook page:

"This is my latest painting for “In the Name of the Monster, the Robot, and the Bleeding Ghost” show at @gallerynucleus. I call it, “Charlie Fishing” and it pays tribute to the beautifully dark imagination of Guillermo Del Toro, my friend Mike Hill who designed this magnificent creature, and Doug Jones who brought him to life."

I've had the absolute pleasure of meeting Dienzo a few years back at Monsterpalooza in Burbank, CA. His unique still of painting (oil and acrylic) the famous horror icons with distorted bigger heads and eyes, stands out as a crowd favorite at his art shows. He is by far my favorite horror/monster artist who keeps cranking out these insanely funny and delightful paintings. If you attend the horror conventions in the LA area, keep an eye out for his work or his booth. And make sure to follow him on social media as he occasionally posts photos of his work and upcoming art exhibits he's featured in.


Instagram: @dienzoart

And be sure to visit his online store if you wish to purchase or check out his amazing art:


Gallery Nucleus

210 East Main St, Alhambra CA 91801

STORE 626.458.7482 GALLERY 626.458.7477

  • On Display: Saturday January 13 - January 28, 2018

  • Featuring an immense roster of talented artists with original artwork inspired by Guillermo Del Toro's filmography

The crowd at Gallery Nucleus showing of "In the Name of the Monster, the Robot, and the Bleeding Ghost" photo credit: Chris Alex Penalber


Alex Eckman-Lawn Alfonso Blaas Alina Chau Ameorry Luo Anthony Vukojevich Augie Pagan Bennett Slater Brendon Flynn Carly Janine Mazur Celeste Moreno CHOGRIN Dave Pryor Dave Quiggle Declan Lee Denise Chavez Doug Williams Emily Connell Erik Gist Ernesto East Faryn Hughes Frank Forte Gabriel Marquez (Diablo Dos) GARY DEOCAMPO Gemma Roman Gris Grimly Guy Davis Hanzel Haro Ikeda Akihito Jared Flores Jason Chalker Jason Hernandez Javi Soto Jeffrey Rebner Jorge Macswiney Jose Emroca Flores Juan Carlos Arenas (Robot Soda) Karina Montes Vizcarra Kassandra Houghter (Heller) Kathleen Sanders Katsuya Terada Kelly McKernan Lauren Saxton Leonardo Santamaria Luke Flowers Marc Scheff Maria Björnbom-Öberg Mark Nagata Michael Banks Micheline Pitt Norman Mik Baro Mike Sutfin Moses Jaen Naoshi Sunae Natalie Hall Nate Van Dyke Nathan Anderson Pakoto Martinez Rick Blanco (Dienzo) Rick Cortes Rick Geary Rob Doucette Ruben Orozco Rustam Hasanov Ryan Bartlett Sam Cobb Sean Andrew Murray Sergio Barrale Tomas Hijo Veks Van Hillik Victor Marin Yvonne Escoto

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