Jose Dávila

1974 · Mexico

Artist biography

Jose Dávila is is an established, mid-career contemporary artist, who was born in Mexico, like other celebrated artists such as Maria Fragoso, Jacobo Roa, Isabel Garfias, Teresa Margolles, and Minerva Cuevas. Jose Dávila was born in 1974.

About Jose Dávila's works

Jose Dávila is a notable figure within the fields of Conceptual, Minimalism and Abstraction. Defined as a movement in the late 1960s, simultaneously in Europe and America, Conceptual art was significantly influenced by the simplicity of Minimalism, although it took a step further in defying all pre-existing conceptions one would have about art. Defining Conceptual art can be complex, as the boundaries are not clearly defined, and constantly shifting. The artworks can take the form of almost anything, but the core idea remains the same - the strategies and concepts behind the art are more important than the finished artwork itself. The conceptual artists use a variety of materials and forms to freely explore the multitude of possibilities through which they want to convey their message. Some of the most prominent figures of Conceptualism include artists such as Sol LeWitt, Lawrence Weiner and Yoko Ono. French artist Marcel Duchamp is thought to be the forefather of Conceptualism, with his artwork Fontaine, where he famously tried to blur the boundaries between art and reality.

Towards the end of the 1950s, in New York city, young artists were starting to feel disenchanted in the stagnant state of art, which led to the emergence of the art movement known as Minimalism. Peaking in the 1960s, Minimalism sought to challenge all pre-existing conceptions one would have about art, and remove the gestural elements that used to be deemed as essential in previous art movements. Rather than paintings, sculptures became key elements of the movement, providing the artist with the ability to make use of their physical surroundings, thus offering the viewers a harmonious, truthful experience. The core essence of minimalism was to ground art in its own reality, removing any unessential, decorative aspect. Geometrical shapes became a key component of the movement, with an emphasis on creating illusions of spatial depth in the artworks, while remaining clean and purified. Artists like Frank Stella, Dan Flavin or Donald Judd are prominent figures of Minimalism, and were deeply influenced by earlier European abstract movements.

Born in the early 20th century, abstract art can be defined as a movement evading the classical definition of art, which succeeded in creating its own tradition through freedom and a new perception of reality. In abstract artworks, the objects are schematised, modified, and hold little to no reference to reality. Abstract art represents a fundamental moment in modernism, and its roots can be traced to Impressionism. With Abstraction, the artists are free to explore deep into their emotions, and create completely new and liberated representations of the world, which are inherent to their own perception of it. Wassily Kandinsky, who believed that colours and shapes could be used to represent the artist’s inner turmoil, is often considered as a pioneer of abstract art.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Jose Dávila's work is available on display in multiple galleries around the globe such as in Spain, the United States, and Germany. Galleries include Travesia Cuatro | Madrid in Spain, as well as Sean Kelly Gallery and LX Arts in the United States. Jose Dávila's work has most recently been exhibited at Galleri Nicolai Wallner in Copenhagen (23 October 2019 until 19 December 2019) with the exhibition Orden Discontinuo. Jose Dávila's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions; Summer show (27 June 2019 - 15 August 2019) at Galleri Nicolai Wallner in Copenhagen and THE ARTIST’S BRUSHSTROKE | ONLINE SUMMER PRESENTATION (03 July 2019 - 11 August 2019) at Galleri Nicolai Wallner in Copenhagen. Jose Dávila's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called JUMP and took place at Galleri Nicolai Wallner in Copenhagen, Denmark from the 01 June 2017 to 11 August 2017.

One of Jose Dávila's work is curently for sale on Artland.

Jose Dávila in private collections

It is the collector Jimenez -Colon Collection, who is in possession of art by Jose Dávila at Artland. Jimenez -Colon Collection also has works by other artists including Sarah Derat, Qafar Rzayev, and Peter Halley.

Further Biographical Context for Jose Dávila

Born in 1974, Jose Dávila was largely inspired by the 1980s. The 1980s were an era of increasing global capitalism, political upheaval, worldwide mass media, wealth discrepancies and distinctive music and fashion, characterised by hip hop and electronic pop music. This had a strong impact on the generation of artists growing up during this era. The fall of the Berlin Wall at the end of the 1980s marked the end of the Cold War, yet the era was also distinguished by the African Famine. During this time leading art movements included Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and Neo-Expressionism, which took a strong hold in Germany, France and Italy. Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were key artists working at this time, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who developed the street art and graffiti movements, which quickly gained recognition.

Jose Dávila

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