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, where he lives and works since then.

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.

 

 

Exhibitions

 

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

 

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

 

 

Prizes

 

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

 

 

Education

 

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

 

 

Memberships

 

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"