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Renée Petropoulos
Painting with Multiple Centers

Project Area: CBD/Financial Core
Project: Central Library
Project Location: 630 W. Fifth Street
Project Type: CRA Initiated


Stretching overhead the library’s hub like an exotic canopy, Renee Petropolous’ colorful 36' x 36' painting covers the vaulted ceiling of the Goodhue Building’s first floor lobby. Activating the central node of the library with bright primary colors and assymentrically placed geometrical patterns, the starbursts, rings, and names of famous literary figures from Los Angeles interweave in an abstract montage celebrating Los Angeles’s literary life and contributions.
Image of Ceiling Mural
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Artist Profile

Renée Petropoulos, a Los Angeles native, received her BA, MA, and MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles.  The artist’s interest in pattern, repetition, and color is reflected through her public works such as the one found in the Los Angeles Metro Orange Line.  Petropoulos has received grant funding from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Otis College of Art and Design Faculty Development Grant, a Durfee Foundation Grant, and a California Community Foundation Grant.  The artist has been featured in several group exhibitions including the Pasadena Museum of California Art; Palm Springs Desert Museum; ICA, London; and the Forde Espace d’Art Contemporain Usine, Geneva, Switzerland.  The artist lives in Venice, California and teaches at the Otis College of Art and Design in the Graduate Studies Department.