With the exhibition Spanish Black, Peter Lodato references a long history of Spanish masters - El Greco, Goya, Velázquez, Ribera, and Francisco de Zurbarán - whose work so exulted in the allure and mystery of the color black that they became known as The Spanish Blacks. Lodato pays homage to these classical masters and re-examines their palette in several of the large-scale works for this exhibition. 

Peter Lodato’s new paintings also continue the artist’s exploration of light and space. Adhering to reductive, often binary field /ground compositions, the paintings resonate with the viewer like optical tuning forks. As one adjusts to the subtle rhythms within and between the paintings in this series, there is a palpable shift in consciousness and perception – as the aesthetic experience becomes a meditative one.

LA Times art critic, David Pagel has stated, "Lodato's art requires visitors to pay close attention to subtle fluctuations in their surroundings.  In the same way that echoes remind us that seemingly empty spaces are actually full of phenomena, his works sharpen our perceptions.  And, like echoes, they do not broadcast their messages loudly or aggressively: The ones with the strongest impact are those that hum just above the threshold of silence."


In 2000 the Frederick Weisman Museum curated an extensive solo retrospective on the artist. Lodato’s work has also been featured in exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and the LA County Museum of Art.


Peter Lodato is in numerous esteemed collections both public and private including the Brooklyn Museum, the Seattle Art Museum, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art.