About Gustavo Juárez

I was born and grew up in San Lucas Tolimán, Guatemala, at the shores of the wonderful Lake Atitlan. Since my early years, drawings were my favorite form to express myself. Art allowed me to describe feelings, observations and critics of the reality that surrounded me - better than words could do. In 2013 I came to Austria. In different ways this meant for me, that I was "re-born". To leave everything behind and start with zero is a form of liberation - on the one hand. On the other hand it is an ongoing, difficult process in which I need to learn everything anew, just like a child. To begin with, I had to learn to "communicate" again - in another language. The experience of not having a voice and not being able to express oneself adequately is sometimes hard and painful. This process of development is also refelcted in my paintings.

 

My works unite utopian with concrete, abstract with realistic elements. At first sight many of my paintings are very otpimistic and cheerful. But when the observer pays attention to the details and reads the message that the painting delivers, one can see a serious, sad and sometimes absurd reality behind the surface.  Sometimes we only see the facade, but it is worth risking a second look at the portrayed situation. Each work makes a question to the observer. One objective of my paintings is making people think - about the portrayed situation, about its message and what is has to do with our own lives. The works take a critical perspective on our society and invites the observer to build up their own mind as well.

 

Childhood and its innocence is one important topic in my artistic work - in our high-tech globalised world sometimes these things get lost. The dreams that we once had as children are still in our hearts - they are the motivation for our lives. But they don't just realize themselves, we have to struggle and work hard to make them come true. Accordingly, the daily routine is another topic in my works, because this routine sometimes make us forget about our dreams and our utopia. During the course of our life we "lose" them slowly and one day we wake up and realize that we have lived a long but vacuous life. Therefore my motto is "I paint the dreams of my childhood, because now I have the chance to make them come true."

 

 

Expositions

 

Oct 2016  "Rathouse Project", Exposition as part of the "Long Night of Museums" in Austria, Town Hall Gallery, Eisenstadt, Austria; together with Michelle Francillon and Victor Sales

 

Sept 2016  "Terremotor", exposition by Andrea Mejía Rocha, Gustavo Juárez and Camilo Melgar in Atelier Tigergasse, Vienna

 

March 2016  "Historias de Guatemala", Exposition by Gustavo Juárez and Camilo Melgar, Art House Project, Eisenstadt, Austria

 

July 2015  "Dream Clouds", Exposition by Gustavo Juárez and Ana Zecevic, The Art Gallery Vienna

 

May 2015  "Unreal Reality", Galerie 12, Vienna

 

May 2015  "Sweet Utopia, Chocolaterie Fruth, Vienna

 

April 2015  "Once upon a time...", Kunstraum damani, Vienna

 

March 2015  "Although time passes...", Atelier Bajadere, Neuhaus im Triestingtal, Austria

 

January 2015  "Dreammachine", Galerie kunst werk - werk kunst, Vienna

 

October 2014  "Guatemala - und país enigmático", Lateinamerika Institut Wien

 

July 2014  "Young Artists", Exposition by Gustavo Juárez, Christian Murzek and N.D.C.M., The Art Gallery Vienna

 

 

Participation in Exhibitions

 

Oct 2016   Parallax Art Fair London, International Art Fair at Chelsea Town Hall, London, UK

 

Oct 2016   Open Studio Days Upper Austria, City Gallery Steyr, Austria

 

March 2016  "5 years making art", Collective Exhibition celebrating 5 years of the association Kunstschaffen, The Art Gallery Vienna

 

January 2016  "Art to Justice", Permanent Exhibition at the District Court in Vienna

 

November 2015  "20 = 40 in 60 x 80", St. Art and Kunstraum damani, Vienna

 

July 2015  Exhibition of the art collective arteMIX, Brick 5, Vienna

 

May 2015  "Scream for Change", International Exhibition, Galerie Trash Art, Vienna

 

January 2015  "Art to Justice", Permanent Exhibition at the District Court in Vienna

 

October 2014  "Red Carpet for Young Art", Exhibition at the presidential palace (Hofburg) at the austrian national holiday, Vienna

 

October 2014  "Flowing Art", Exhibition of the art collective arteMIX

 

June 2014  Participation in "Art 3 - Tour through studios and galleries in the third district", Vienna

 

March 2014  Exhibition of the art collective arteMIX at Bergerhaus, Gumpoldskirchen, Austria

 

September 2013 Participation in the 2nd Art View Vienna, Blumengärten Hirschstetten

 

December 2011  collective exhibition in the "Casa de la Cultura", Panajachel, Guatemala

 

December 2009  collective exhibition in the "Casa de la Cultura", Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

 

November 2007 collective exhibition in the Museum of Modern Art "Carlos Mérida", Guatemala City

 

 

Awards

 

January 2016  Finalist and participant in charity auction of the international art competition "Juannio - Bienal de arte contemporáneo", Guatemala City

 

December 2014  Winner of the "Art against violence"  award of the Austrian Federal Criminal Police Office, Vienna

 

February 2014  Finalist and participant in charity auction of the international art competition "Juannio - Bienal de arte contemporáneo", Guatemala City

 

October 2012  Honoring at IV Biennale of indigenous art, Quito, Ecuador

 

December 2011  Winner of the national art competition of "Casa de la Cultura", category "Free Creativity", Panajachel, Guatemala

 

December 2009  Winner of the national art competition "Arturo Martínez", Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

 

November 2007  Third Place in national art competition of Helevetas, Guatemala

 

 

Education

 

2002  Education at Gallery and Academy „Esencia del Arte“ with Miguel Angel Ixcot, Quetzaltenango,  Guatemala

 

2001-02  Assistent in the Academy for Drawing and Painting „El Caracol“ with Prof. Otto Estrada, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

 

2000  Graduation as graphic designer at Institute „Tecnológico Don Bosco“, Guatemala

 

 

Memberships

 

Since 2015 ordinary member of IG Bildende Kunst (national association of artists in Austria)

 

Since 2014  member of the art association Kunstschaffen e.V.

 

Since 2013  member of the art collective arteMIX e.V.