Artist

Jose Dávila

Born in Guadalajara, 1974 and lives in Guadalajara, Mexico

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.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
I Was Once Lonelyness
I Was Once Lonelyness is a group exhibition that looks at how today’s artists are utilising differing...
21 Nov 2015 - 23 Jan 2016
Berlin
Exhibitions
Latin America Calling
On the occasion of the Zurich galleries’ season opening, Häusler Contemoprary Zürich traces the...
25 Aug 2016 - 05 Nov 2016
Zurich
Exhibitions
Jose Dávila: The Object And The Environment
The Museo Jumex Arte Contemporáneo presents “The Object And The Environment” , the exhibition...
15 Sep 2016 - 16 Oct 2016
Mexico City
Exhibitions
Jose Dávila: Stones Don’t Move
Sean Kelly announces “Stones Don’t Move“, a one-person exhibition of new work by Jose...
28 Oct 2016 - 03 Dec 2016
Sean Kelly
New York
Exhibitions
The QUEEN Falls
“The Queen Falls” in Hamlet’s last scene. Like in a chess game, this move anticipates a...
07 Feb 2017 - 25 Mar 2017
OMR
Mexico City
Exhibitions
Exhibitions Are The Best Excuses
Michael Fuchs Galerie presents the group show “Exhibitions Are The Best Excuses” curated by Christian...
16 Sep 2016 - 28 Feb 2017
Michael Fuchs Galerie
Berlin
Exhibitions
José Dávila: Mecánica de lo inestable
The show presents two recent groups of sculptural works by Jose Dávila. The title of the exhibition...
06 Feb 2018 - 24 Mar 2018
OMR
Mexico City
Exhibitions
Walking Through Walls
Directly referencing the historically charged location of the Gropius Bau, “Walking Through Walls“,...
12 Sep 2019 - 19 Jan 2020
Berlin
Art Spaces
Sean Kelly
Galleries in New York
OMR
Galleries in Mexico City
Travesía Cuatro, Madrid
Galleries in Madrid