With its magnificent Spanish architecture, hand painted murals and beautiful art collection, La Valencia is a masterpiece tucked into the ocean cliffs above La Jolla Cove. Since the 1940's, La V has exuded a true cultural aesthetic. The beautiful lobby, restaurants and lounges are adorned with original contemporary art and photographs from local and national artists, as well as the permanent collection of the art of hotel legend Wing Howard. Our collections and rotating exhibits create a living art gallery in the heart of La Jolla, that is the essence of the La V experience.
His artworks are philosophical translations of his dreams, replete with symbolic layers of meaning which wait to be discovered. Stone is used as metaphor for the commonality of emotion and experiential existence throughout human history; ropes and other bindings convey the connections of culture and history that we share.
His artworks are philosophical translations of his dreams, replete with symbolic layers of meaning which wait to be discovered. Stone is used as metaphor for the commonality of emotion and experiential existence throughout human history; ropes and other bindings convey the connections of culture and history that we share. Ravens and other blackbirds express the elusive instinctual guidance of our heritage and the shared human experience. Renzo further expresses interpretive meaning through an intuitive self developed language of pictographic symbols drawn from many aspects and ages of humanity.
Renzo's art exhibits internationally and is in the permanent collections of the Crocker Museum in Sacramento, The De Young Museum in San Francisco, and the Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art. His work is the collection of the Kaiser Corporation and many other public and private collections. In addition to a life-time career as a fine artist, Renzo has worked as a professor, dean, and set designer for stage and film.
"Seasons in the Sun" by Randy Ricciboni on Exhibit in the Galeria
On display in our Galeria: RD Riccoboni is an innovative American-born painter (California, 1960), and best-selling author. Influenced by his early years living in the Connecticut suburbs of New York City this self-taught artist, credits encouragement by family and teachers for his drive and inspiration. The artist resides and paints in San Diego, California and is a member of the historic arts colony at Spanish Village Arts Center in Balboa Park San Diego.
RD Riccoboni paintings on canvas and paper depict his travels and local interest. Subjects include the story of San Diego, California, landscape, cityscape, portraiture, street-scenes, public events, and everyday happenings and friends. His palette is derived from the bold colors of the original rainbow flag. These Colors represent, sexuality, health, sunshine, nature, art, harmony, and spirit. RD Riccoboni internationally recognized work represents community, a sense of place in a positive and life affirming manner.
Featured Artist in La Sala Lounge: Montgomery Rausch
Catherine Montgomery Rausch was born in South Carolina. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art and Art Education from Mercer University. She studied further, taking graduate courses in painting and drawing from The University of Georgia, The University of South Carolina and The University of California at San Diego. She received her Masters in Art Education from Georgia Southern University. Having lived on both the east and west coasts, and traveled abroad, Rausch's works often feature beaches and cityscapes, as well as landscapes on large canvases. For more info visit: www.montgomeryrausch.com.
The Art of Wing Howard (Permanent Collection)
The late Willing "Wing" Howard, born Feb 12, 1921, was the creator of the dramatic murals that have adorned the walls of the Whaling Bar and Café La Rue since the late 1940s and have become a part of La Jolla history. Howard was commissioned by La V to create the murals while a resident of the hotel in the late 40's, and was then later commissioned again in 1977 to paint replacement paintings of the same scenes since the 1947 pieces began deteriorating due to age and moisture.
The Art of Wing Howard (Permanent Collection)
Howard's whimsical scenes of Deauville, the Bois de Boulogne and Paris Boulevards set the tone in the newly renovated Café La Rue. The artworks depict lively French village and country scenes, inspired by Wing's early travels to Europe with his family. The art of Wing Howard will always remain an important part of La Valencia and its history.
With Pleasure, La V Recommends . . .
The streets of La Jolla Village are dotted with dazzling stores and art galleries. From exclusive designers to high-end fashion boutiques to vintage jewelry and couture, La Jolla is a shopping adventure. We recommend visiting our preferred "Merchants of La V" listed below. For a full list of local boutiques and shops, visit www.lajollabythesea.com.