Jose Dávila was born in Guadalajara, Mexico in 1974. For over a decade, Dávila’s practice has explored spatial occupation and the transitory nature of physical structures. Drawing on his formal training as an architect, Dávila creates sculptural installations and photographic works that simultaneously emulate, critique, and pay homage to 20th century avant-garde art and architecture. Referencing artists and architects from Luis Barragán and Mathias Goeritz to Donald Judd, Dávila’s work investigates how the modernist movement has been translated, appropriated, and reinvented. Dávila’s work is in the permanent collection of numerous institutions including, the Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC), Mexico City, Mexico; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain; Inhotim, Brumadinho, Brazil; Albright-Knox Museum, Buffalo, New York; the Zabludowicz Collection, London, Great Britain; and the Museum of Modern Art, Luxembourg. Dávila was the winner of the 2014 EFG ArtNexus Latin America Art Award, has been the recipient of support from the Andy Warhol Foundation, a Kunstwerke residency in Berlin, and the National Grant for young artists by the Mexican Arts Council (FONCA) in 2000. The Getty Foundation has recently awarded the Los Angeles Nomadic Division a grant to develop a mid-career survey of Dávila’s work.

Jose Dávila
Guadalajara, 1974

Past Exhibitions

José Dávila: Mecánica de lo inestable

06/02/2018 — 24/03/2018

Exhibitions Are The Best Excuses

Michael Fuchs Galerie
16/09/2016 — 28/02/2017

The QUEEN Falls

07/02/2017 — 25/03/2017

Jose Dávila: Stones Don’t Move

Sean Kelly
28/10/2016 — 03/12/2016

Jose Dávila: The Object And The Environment

Museo Jumex Arte Contemporáneo
15/09/2016 — 16/10/2016

Solo Shows

OMR gallery, Mexico City, Mexico

Sense of Place, Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND) and Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative, Los Angeles, USA
Every blind Wondering ends in a circle, Blue Project Foundation, Barcelona, Spain
Philipp von Rosen Gallery, Cologne, Germany
Uncharted Territory, Kunsthalle Hamburg, Germany
The Stone that the Builder Refused, KÖNIG GALERIE | Dessauer Straße , Berlin, Germany

Public Sculpture Project, Curated by Marc Olivier, Comporta, Portugal
Practical Structures, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, USA
Colección Jumex: In Focus Jose Dávila: The Object and the Environment, Jumex Museum, Mexico City, Mexico
The Elephant and the Feather, Marfa Contemporary, Marfa, USA

The Contracted Position, Impronta, Guadalajara, Mexico
The Theory of the Additional Element, Intervention to Los Carpinteros’ Studio, 12th La Havana Biennial, Cuba
There’s a Line Written on Every Corner, Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen, Denmark
Tectonic Acts of Desire and Doubt, Galería Travesía Cuatro, Madrid, Spain

The Lightness of Weight, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, USA
Daylight Found Me With No Answer, Max Wigram Gallery, London, UK
Recent Work, Espacio Monitor, Caracas, Venezuela
State of Rest, Galería OMR, Mexico City, Mexico
Das muss der Ort sein, Figge von Rosen Gallery, Germany
Shadow as a Rumor, Max Wigram Gallery, London, UK

Group Shows

Perpetual Construction: A Dialogue with the House of Jean Prouvé III, CAB Art Center, Brussels, Belgium
Saber Acomodar, The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Denver Colorado, USA
Latin American Artists in the Marciano Collection, The Marciano Collection, Los Angeles, USA
The Art Show, Art of the New Millenium in Taguchi Art Collection, The Museum of Modern Art Gunma, Gunma, Japan
Monumentos, anti-monumentos y nueva escultura pública, Museo de Arte de Zapopan, Zapopan, Mexico
Sign o’ the Times – Jose Dávila, Nic Hess, Arcangelo Sassolino, Philipp von Rosen Galerie, Cologne, Germany
The Queen Falls, Galería OMR, Mexico City, Mexico

Sol LeWitt: A Tribute, Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag, Netherlands
Frieze Sculpture Park, Regents Park, London, UK
Full Moon, Museum Voorlinden, AG Wassenaar, Netherlands
Latin America Calling, Häusler Contemporary, Zürich, Switzerland
Exhibitions are the best excuses, A show curated by Christian Jankowski at Michael Fuchs Galerie, Berlin, Germany
Inside Out, Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen, Denmark
¿Cómo te voy a olvidar?, Galerie Perrotin, Paris, France
Cher(e)s ami(e)s, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

I Was Once Lonelyness, Blain Southern Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Bienal do Mercosul, Porto Alegre, Brazil
Risk, Turner Contemporary, Kent, UK Colección Jumex, In Girum Imus Nocte et Consumimur Igni, Museo Jumex, Mexico, MX et Consumimur Igni Selección = Relación, Espacio Monitor, Caracas, Venezuela
La Ciudad. Sus Afectos, MUCA Roma, Mexico City, Mexico
Konkret mehr Raum!, Kunsthalle Osnabrück, Germany
Diane Van Deren, Galería Gabriela Mistral, Santiago, Chile
Carambolages, Gallerie Vallois, Paris, France

Do Objeto Para o Mundo. Coleção INHOTIM, Palazo das Artes, Belo Horizonte, Brazil Testigo del siglo, MAZ, Museo de Arte de Zapopan, Mexico
Art & Me. Collection Mudam, Mudam Luxembourg Limited Visibility, Contemporary Art Museum, Raleigh, USA
La persistencia de la geometría, MARCO Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, Mexico
Leviatán, Museo Raúl Anguiano, Guadalajara, Mexico
The Theater of the World, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Guadalajara Country of birth: Mexico Date of birth: 1974 Lives in: Guadalajara, Mexico