About Bill Rangel

I’m an artist and designer based in Los Angeles, CA. 

I’m a lifelong painter, I started at a very young age, and to this day, painting is still my primary interest. 

As a designer, I help people with their various residential design projects such as kitchen and bath remodels, or makeovers for the living room, dining room, and bedroom. For most of my projects, I design and manufacture custom furniture and cabinetry. But most importantly I’m a color specialist; I create color palettes for the entire home and custom wall paint colors.

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Bill Rangel

Partial Client List

Thom Whalley (CEO - Warner Bros. Records)

Arturo Sneider (CEO - Primestor)

James Van Der Beek (Actor)

Moshe Barkat (CEO - Modern Video Film)

Moshe Diamant (Film Producer)

Paul Meshekow (Co-Owner GNW-Evergreen Insurance)

Tom Gores (CEO - Platinum Equity)

Jane Fonda (Actress)

Tom Cantella (CEO - Papa Cantella’s Inc.)

Ken Bowman (CEO - KVP International)

Leandro Tyberg (COO - Primestor)

Don Berghoff (CEO - Cogentys)

Josetta Sbeglia (Owner, Fresh Paint Art)

Rona Elliot (Music Correspondent)

Roger Brossy (Co-founder Selmer Brossy Consulting Group)

Zina Glodney (Owner, Glodney & Associates Consulting)

Fiona Kuong (CEO - Avanity Corporation)

More About Bill Rangel's Artwork

b. 1964, East Los Angeles, CA

I started showing my artwork at age fourteen in LA, but a year later my mom moved to Sacramento, and I stayed in LA because I was in school, but I eventually moved there to finish high school, and while there I discovered NoCal’s art scene. In my late teens, before I permanently moved back to LA, I’d secured representation by Himovitz Solomon Gallery. Michael Himovitz was incredibly supportive of my work, and he positioned me to do well, but things didn’t work out. Sadly, Michael contracted AIDS, and he died in 1994, and I never pursued representation again.

In my early twenties, I was back in LA and heavily involved in the local art and club scene. Aside from what's listed below, during the 80s and 90s I exhibited my work at local hotspots because places such as The Pikmeup Cafe, Espresso Bar, Lhasa Club, Lhasaland, and Limbo Lounge were open to artists taking over their spaces, and, to me, it was so much more fun and challenging to show in places like that than in conventional art galleries. Even the wonderful A Different Light Bookstore invited me to exhibit and curate art shows amongst the books! (Art shows in cafes and restaurants and other establishments are typical these days, but at the time, outside of an art gallery or an official public art space, what was displayed elsewhere was usually decorative and not meant to incite discourse.)

In 1989, when Highways Gallery first opened in Santa Monica, I created a vast floor-to-ceiling black-and-white-painted-paper installation of human figures and funeral wreaths that was about the massive sense of fear and loss from AIDS that I and everyone I knew was facing. And subsequently, I met and created set pieces for performance artists such as Antony Balcena, Ruben Martinez, Danielle Brazell, Marcus Kuiland-Nazario, Rachel Rosenthal, Elia Arce, and Mario Gardner. I also did sets for other Highways events such as Pop Tarts, Homeboy Beautiful, and Highways' Quinceanera.

I was a founding member of the activist artist's collective Powers of Desire (1985-1995), and we exhibited at USC, LACE, Cal Arts, UC Irvine, The Pasadena Armory, and El Camino College. I also created artwork for benefit events in support of ACT UP, Queer Nation, and Clean Needles Now.

By the mid-90s, while AIDS and other tragedies claimed the lives of my friends, family, and collaborators, I pretty much withdrew from the art and club scene, but I never stopped painting. Over the years I've built a substantial body of work pretty much under the radar. I do exhibit my artwork from time to time, but these days  I mostly post my paintings on social media and my website.

In 2013 I was mentioned in Dont Rhind's Xtra Magazine article Below The Skin: AIDS Activism and the Art of Clean Needles Now.

My painting Hail Mary is a plate in the book The VIVA! Papers (1985-1995) by Robb Hernandez (UCLA Chicano Studies Program).

Partial  Exhibition List

2013 - Seven Beauties - solo show - part of the Echo Park Rising event - Los Angeles Pizza Company - Echo Park, CA

2012 - Gushers - solo show - part of the Echo Park Art Walk - Beauty Box Salon - Echo Park, CA

2010 - The Mayors Rotating Art Exhibit - group show - City Hall - Los Angeles, CA

2007 - Stucco - solo show - Eastside Studios - Los Angeles, CA

2005 - Latino New Works Festival: Que Viva La Evolution - group show curated by Leo Garcia - Highways Performance Space - Santa Monica, CA

2004 - The Leopard Spots: Between Art, Performance and Club Culture - group show curated by Alex Donis - 18th Street Arts Complex - Santa Monica, CA

1999 - Bill Rangel: Portals, Pains, and Interviews - solo show - 15 year survey - Advocate Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1997 - Wish List - solo show - Stepping Gallery - SDSU Imperial Valley Campus - Calexico, CA

1996 - Unknown Throne - solo show - Highways Gallery - Santa Monica, CA

1991 - VIVA!'s Mexico: Too Many Years of Denial, Invisibility, and Silence - group show - Beyond Baroque - Venice, CA

1990 - Spiritual Sexual Surgery - exterior mural - LACE - Los Angeles, CA

1987 - Salon des Independants - group show - Richard/Bennett Gallery - Los Angeles, CA

1987 - Paintings 1976-1986 - solo show - 10 year survey and lecture - Pierce College - Woodland Hills, CA

1986 - Electric Saint Allegories - solo show - Mezzanine Gallery - Sacramento, CA

1986 - Sacramento Area Group Gallery Exhibition - group show - Djurovich Galleries - Sacramento, CA

1986 - Artists for Disarmament - group show - Abstraction Gallery - Los Angeles, CA

1982 - California Exposition - group show - Sacramento, CA

1979 - Survival Sunday - group show - sponsored by SPARC - presented by Alliance for Survival - Hollywood Bowl - Los Angeles, CA