'A132 (AKIKO)', Jaime Gili
Acrylic on linen, 70.3 x 56.5 cm, 2008
I grew up in Caracas at the peak of a very singular local modernity in art and architecture, in a tropical and multicultural city full of urban art and great architecture, full of optimism and character; a city built by artists and architects working together in a single dream fuelled by a strong oil economy. I started my art studies in Caracas as I witnessed the slow dismantling and ruin of some of the city's best institutions, buildings and urban art. In my recent series of paintings I depict what could possibly be this clash of utopia and reality. I am also continuously developing projects that cross over and link artists and art projects in Europe and Latin America.
Jaime Gili was born in Caracas in 1972. He studied at Prodiseño, Caracas 1989-90, Facultad de Bellas Artes, University of Barcelona 1990-95, Royal College of Art London 1996-98, and took a PhD at the University of Barcelona 1995-2001. Solo shows include 'RUPT' Jerwood Artists Platform Jerwood Space London 2003, 'Screen' Mosaic Building Miami 2005, 'Las tres Calaveras' Periférico Caracas 2006 and 'Superestrella's Riflemaker London 2008. Group shows include 'EAST International 1999' Norwich Gallery, ' Villa Jelmini. The complex of respect' Kunsthalle Bern 2006, 'Indica' Nyehaus New York 2007, '6a Bienal do Mercosul' Porto Alegre 2007 and 'Jump Cuts' CIFO Miami 2007.
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