Review Excerpts

“[De La Cruz] mixes media with ferocious zeal and holds it all together with a stake of dark humor.”

 Susan Froyd, Westword Magazine (Denver, CO)
April 14, 2007

"This drawn line is a good place to start in appreciating the virtuoso skills of Denver surrealist Jerry De La Cruz . . . [He] has developed a line steeped in classicism reminiscent of the work of Leonardo da Vinci. This pure, agile line turns up repeatedly in De La Cruz’ paintings."

Betsy Howard, Denver Magazine
December, 1987

"[De La Cruz's] work is an excellent example of the thought process that is often missing in the digital works based on styles of the past.  The message of this piece is patently clear, and the artist's use of an easily identified, historical subject has a purpose which goes beyond aesthetics."

Julia Ptasznik, Visual Arts Trends Quarterly (NY, NY)
June, 2001

"This precocious blend of real and imagined images suggests some of the early work of Dali. The illusion is so real that it is quite believable. . . He does not, whatever his medium or style, fill up either page or canvas with non-essentials. . . De La Cruz, who is from Denver, has much to offer."

Shirley Gonzales, New Haven Register (New Haven, CT)
May 1, 1983

"The painting teases the viewer's mind without serving up explanations . . .  It's unsettling . . .  De La Cruz has a weAlternateTexth of technical expertise at his disposal, and his work is almost invariably intriguing . . .  De La Cruz can be very good."

Lyman Pitman, The Pueblo Chieftain, Pueblo CO
May 20, 1990

"De La Cruz . . .  is constantly changing his work, defying the pigeonholers . . .  He doesn't usually use the traditional Hispanic elements that others use . . .  His canvases sometimes show keen humor."

David McQuay, The Denver Post
May 2, 1989

"De La Cruz's mastery of formal and experimental techniques reflects a career dedicated to creative probing and discipline.  It is rare indeed to come into contact with an artist who so successfully ranges from abstraction to surrealism in single canvases.  Themes of personal identity and interpersonal responsiveness are layered into his work, allowing the viewer to share in the artist's process of questioning the relationships of his subjects to the world.  The insights that develop in his works are universal in their ability to connect the reflective with the informative."

Joaquín Alvarado, Contemp. Chicana & Chicano Art
Bilingual Press, Tempe, AZ, 2002

“De La Cruz has been at the forefront here of viewing technology as a resource . . .  Varied, innovative and with an eye toward provocation . . ."

 Mary Chandler, Rocky Mountain News (Denver, CO)
August 31, 2007

"The pieces in the [De La Cruz] show . . .   are humorous and brilliant in their ability to convey messages . . .  It is wrong to categorize [De La Cruz] as monolithically Hispanic in his art. For he is universal, and the language of his art can be understood in any tongue."

Raymond Dean Jones, The Urban Spectrum (Denver, CO)
May, 2001

"De La Cruz' shifting connections are intelligent and lyrical . . .  Some of his paintings and photos are so delicate that they're painful; some reflect a bold muralist's melodrama . . .  [T]hey require and deserve deep, unconditional scrutiny into the relationship of illusion and reality."

Jennifer Heath, Rocky Mountain News (Denver, CO)
September 25, 1987

"His oil paintings, acrylic paintings and mixed media collages are vivid and impressive. . . . Some of the images in his paintings can be described as unusual. . . Other images are simply beautiful."

Jodi Wetuski, Pueblo Chieftain, Pueblo, CO
July 6, 1995

"Working in oil, De La Cruz' sparkling coloration rings true and his deft brushwork builds an articulate line quality that fleshes out his characters into fully realized individuals, their symbolic quality still intact."

Nancy Clegg, Westword Magazine, Denver, CO
May 16, 1984