About Gustavo Juárez

Gustavo Juárez was born in 1982 in San Lucas Tolimán, Guatemala. He received artistic education in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. In 2013 he moved to Vienna, Austria, since 2021 he lives and works in Innsbruck.

Earlier works treat sociopolitical questions in a critical way, most of all the recent history of Guatemala: the decades-long civil war and its lack of dealing with it on a political, societal and judicial level. His migration changed his work fundamentally. During various years he concentrated on utopist paintings of dreams, turning to fantastic realism. These works combine utopist with realistic, abstract with concrete elements and appear to be colorful and happy at first sight. In recent years the multifaceted artist experimented with different materials, techniques and forms of expression. Gradually he (re-)turns to critical art and contemporary art.





March 2019 "Silent Poetry", The Art Gallery Vienna 


Nov 2018 "Facets", Exhibition at Bezirksmuseum Meidling, Vienna


Apr 2018  "Hello Light", Exhibition with Verena Prandstätter, Townhall Gallery Mariahilf, Vienna


Feb 2018  "Take time", Exhibition with Ernst Gembinsky and Zoran Lerch, Rearte Gallery, Vienna


Oct 2017  "Raumkörper - Körper im Raum" (space-objects - objects in space), Exhibition with Petra Rasp, Rearte Gallery, Vienna


May 2017   "Moments which...", Kunst.Raum.Schaffen, Vienna


Oct 2016  "Rathouse Project", ORF-Long Night of Museums at the townhall Gallery Eisenstadt; with Michelle Francillon, Gustavo Juarez and Victor Sales


Sept 2016  "TerremotoR", Exhibition with Andrea Mejía Rocha and Camilo Melgar at Atelier Tigergasse, Vienna


March 2016  "Historias de Guatemala", Exhibition with Camilo Melgar, Art House Project, Eisenstadt


July 2015  "Traumwolken" (Clouds of dreams), Exhibition with Ana Zecevic, The Art Gallery Vienna


May 2015  "Unreal reality", Galerie 12, Vienna


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


March 2015  "Although time goes by...", Atelier Bajadere, Neuhaus im Triestingtal


Jan 2015  "Traummaschine" (machine of dreams), Gallery kunst werk - werk kunst, Vienna


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


July 2014  "Young Artists", Exhibition with Christian Murzek and N.D.C.M., The Art Gallery Vienna



Collective Exhibitions


July 2021  Project "Hundred artists - Hundred artworks of freedom", honoring the holocaust survivor Iakovos Kambenallis

Oct 2020  6th Auction of Art, beneficial for Verein Auf Augenhöhe, Albertina, Vienna


Oct 2019  5th Auction of Art, beneficial for Verein Auf Augenhöhe, Albertina, Vienna


Aug 2019  Transform-arte, Art Fair Eisenstadt


July 2018 arteMIX at Kunstraum in den Ringstraßengalerien, Vienna


Sept 2017  "1 + 1 = 3", Exhibition with Andrea Mejía Rocha, Galerie KoKo, Vienna


March 2017  arteMIX at Palais Palffy, Vienna


Feb 2017  Exhibition for the International Day of Mother Tongue, Rearte Gallery, Vienna


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


Oct 2016    Open Studio Days Oberösterreich, Gallery at the Palace in Steyr, Oberösterreich


March 2016  "5 years Kunstschaffen", Collective Exhibition of the artists' association Kunstschaffen, The Art Gallery Vienna


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


July 2015  arteMIX at Brick 5, Vienna


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


2015-2017  "Kunst zu Recht" (Art to Justice), Permanent Exhibition at the Federal Court of Justice, Vienna


Oct 2014  "Red Carpet for Young art", Collective Exhibition at the Hofburg (presidential palace) on National Holiday, Vienna


Oct 2014  "Kunstfluss" (River of Art), Exhibition by the Artists' association  arteMIX


June 2014  Participation at Art 3 - Open Studio Day in the 3rd district, Vienna


March 2014  Exhibition by the Artists' association arteMIX at Bergerhaus, Gumpoldskirchen


Sep 2013  Participation at 2nd Art View Vienna, Blumengärten Hirschstetten, Vienna


Dec 2011  Collective Exhibition in "Casa de la Cultura", Panajachel, Guatemala


Dec 2009  Collective Exhibition in "Casa de la Cultura", Quetzaltenango, Guatemala


Nov 2007  Collective Exhibition at Museum of Modern Art "Carlos Mérida", Guatemala City





March 2017, 16, 14  International Competition "Juannio - Bienal de arte contemporáneo", Guatemala City


December 2014  First Place in the competition "Kunst gegen Gewalt" (Art against Violence) of the Austrian Federal Criminal Office


October 2012  Honorable Mention at the IV Biennal of indigenous art, Quito, Ecuador


December 2011  First Place in the Competition of "Casa de la Cultura", Category "Free Creativity", Panajachel, Guatemala


December 2009  First Place in the Competition "Arturo Martínez", Quetzaltenango, Guatemala


November 2007  Third Place in the Competition of Helevetas, Guatemala





2003-05  Academy „Esencia del Arte“ with Prof. Miguel Angel Ixcot, Quetzaltenango,  Guatemala


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


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





Since 2016  Member of Bildrecht


Since 2015  Ordinary Member of IG Bildende Kunst


Since 2013  Member of the artists' association arteMIX



Gustavo Juárez Online


Presentation of my work at the art blog "Der Kunst-Blog"