Juan Bolivar’s (b. Caracas, Venezuela 1966) paintings negotiate the tension between meaning and form. He combines elements from disparate sources to investigate hybridity, language and abstraction. Bolivar's work often re-enacts seminal cannons of modernist painting such as Kazimir Malevich's 'black square' or paintings from the early European Avant-Garde, to create intertextual links with popular culture.

Bolivar presented his solo exhibition High Voltage at JGM Gallery in 2017. He has twice been a recipient of a Pollock-Krasner award. His works are included in The Government Art Collection, and selected for significant exhibitions such as New British Painting at John Hansard Gallery, University of Southampton and East International at Norwich School of Art. His work was included in Nanjing Museum's first international exhibition of contemporary art where he was a prize winner. Current projects include a residency at Macro Museum, Rome, and Bauhaus 100: Utopia in Crisis; a group exhibition travelling to Weimer, Germany.

Photo: Mandy Lee Jandrell

Photo: Mandy Lee Jandrell


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View exhibition: High Voltage, 2017

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