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Alexis Duque
updated: 09/23/2013
website: www.alexisduque.net
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
dimensions
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Calavera-Skull
Black hole
Mundo
Babel
Barrio
Sanctuary
Façade
Cell
Construction
El Dorado
Solares
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  consumer culture, fantasy, social criticism, architecture, urban, landscape, dreams, illustration, identity, nature
 
 
Calavera-Skull by Alexis Duque
Calavera-Skull
Acrylic on canvas
2013
20" x  16"  x 1.5" 
Black hole by Alexis Duque
Black hole
Acrylic on canvas
2009
36 " x  36 " 
Mundo by Alexis Duque
Mundo
Acrylic on canvas
2008
726 " x  726 " 
Babel by Alexis Duque
Babel
Acrylic on canvas
2006
266 " x  15 " 
Barrio by Alexis Duque
Barrio
Ink and Acrylic on canvas
2009
30 " x  60 " 
Sanctuary by Alexis Duque
Sanctuary
Ink and Acrylic on canvas
2009
56 " x  50 " 
Façade by Alexis Duque
Façade
Acrylic on canvas
2009
50 " x  40 " 
Cell by Alexis Duque
Cell
Acrylic on canvas
2009
36 " x  36 " 
Construction by Alexis Duque
Construction
Acrylic on canvas
2008
22 " x  24 " 
El Dorado by Alexis Duque
El Dorado
Acrylic on canvas
2007
54 " x  34 " 
Solares by Alexis Duque
Solares
Acrylic on canvas
2009
30 " x  40 " 

Artist Statement



Some emerge, spreading out of the canvas seeming to reproduce indefinitely. Others burst out (from bottom to top) creating pyramids and domes whose foundations are never seen, all being improbable invasions like an inverted Dorado. El Dorado
, the title of a painting by Alexis Duque depicting a working class quarter, ironically refers to the famous legend which enticed conquistadors to search for a city of gold in the area of Colombia and the Andes.

They could be clouds or floating clusters, amorphous contours that fit any shape confirming their adaptive ability. None of the settings include decorations; the backgrounds are white, neutral and nonexistent.  Nature only reveals its presence as something wild and invasive, destructive even, like in Terraza
s. There is no other reality but its own.
The artist draws the viewer’s attention to the isolation of the transitory residents, like semi-nomads that emigrate hoping to find a better life on the outskirts of large metropolises. How are these new habitats in precarious equilibrium, these hovering countries that remind us of Swift’s floating island sustained?  
In denouncing the human and social drama that often plagues the over-populated capital cities in developing countries, Alexis Duque relies on just a few colors. Notwithstanding the use of acrylic paint, the artist makes the influence of illustration apparent, equally attending to all of the aspects of the painted surface without leaving anything to chance. He does not resort to the type of realistic painting style of some committed
Latin American artists of the twentieth century.  Rational and imaginary, often blended with a tinge of humor, Alexis’s work could well be called fantastical.
Finally, a parallel could be drawn between Duque’s proposition and that of the French philosopher and art historian Georges Didi-Huberman (b.1953), who questions the portrayal of the people and their status as “extras” in Modern representation. Alexis Duque makes them “act” by their non-existence. In Alexis’s El Dorado
, the people are conspicuous in their absence.
 


 

Artist Bio / CV

EDUCATION

The School of Visual Arts, New York, NY   2005

The Art Students League of New York, New York, NY   2005

B.F.A   University of Antioquia , Medellin, Colombia   1995

School of Fine Arts of Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia  1984 – 1989

 SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2013

"Sommerudstilling ’13" at Galleri Oxholm, Copenhagen, Denmark


"For which it stands" The Lodge gallery, New York, NY


“Black Beans/Liquid Gold” Galerie R3I, Berlin, Germany


"A House Full of friends" Curated by Turid Meeker and David Gibson at NOoSPHERE, New York, NY


"Paintings" Galleri Oxholm", Copenhagen, Denmark


"The Architecture of an idea: Illustrations and concepts", The Alden B.Dow Museum of Science and Art, Midland, Michigan

2012

"Metropolis" Solo-Exhibit, Praxis Gallery, New York

"Masquelibros" Organized by Triplica equipo and the UNED, Madrid, Spain.

"Blind Reproduction" A Gathering of the tribes Gallery, NewYork

"Puebla Ciudad Mural" Mural project, Puebla, Mexico


2011

"El Museo's Bienal: The (S) Files 2011, Museo del Barrio, New York

2010

"Super-Cluster" Praxis Gallery, Miami, FL

“Around the way” Curated by Rocio Aranda Alvarado and Trinidad Fombella, El Museo del Barrio, Macy’s, New York, NY

“Interrupted Landscapes” Curated by Sonia Dutton, Champion Contemporary, Austin, Texas.

“Weaving in and out” with No Longer Empty, New York, NY

2009

El Dorado”, Praxis Gallery, New York

“Babel”, Praxis Gallery, Miami, FL - Solo Show

“New Tales of Our Age”  Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, NJ

PULSE” Art Fair, Praxis Gallery, New York, NY

“Dialogo 365” The Ice box, Crane Building, Philadelphia, PA

 2008

“ARTLONDON” Art Fair, Praxis Gallery, London, England

“TIAF” Toronto International Art Fair, Praxis Gallery, Toronto, Canada

“ARTBO” Art Fair, Praxis Gallery, Bogota, Colombia

“Auction-Exhibition 08” Museum of Latin American Art, CA

“The 1st International Roaming Biennial of Tehran” Instanbul,Turkey

“Where the wild things grow” Praxis Gallery, NYC