Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, 1974
Lives and works in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Jose Dávila's work originates from the symbolic languages that operate within the history of art and Western visual culture. These pictorial, graphic and sculptural languages are reconfigured in contradictory and contrasting relationships, pushing the correspondence between form and content to the limit.
Jose Dávila's work uses the appropriation and recontextualization of iconic works of art to question the way we recognize and relate to each other visually; a series of translations and editing processes are carried out to alter the identification process, materials are modified, some elements are highlighted while others are hidden, the languages of certain artistic movements are also reproduced with local resources and in a context contemporary.
His work has been exhibited at the Yuz Museum, Shanghai, CN; Chopo University Museum, Mexico City, MX; Sammlung Philara, Düsseldorf, DE; Museo del Novecento, Florence, IT; Getty's PST LA/LA Triennial, Los Angeles, USA; Blueproject Foundation, Barcelona, SP; Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, DE; Marfa Contemporary, Marfa, USA; Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, USA; Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, NL; Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar, NL; University Museum of Contemporary Art, MUACMexico City, MX; Caixa Forum, Madrid, SP; MoMA PS1, New York, USA; Kunstwerke Berlin, DE; San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, USA; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, SP; MAK Vienna, AT; Jumex Foundation/Collection, Mexico City, MX; Bass Museum of Art, Miami, USA; Museum of Modern Art, Sao Paulo, BR; among others.
His work is part of international public and private collections such as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, US; Center Georges Pompidou, Paris, FR; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, SP; Inhotim Collection, Brumadinho, BR; Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, DE; among other. It has also been featured in international publications such as Cream 3, ed. Phaidon; 100 Latin American Artists, ed. Exit and in the monograph The Feather and The Elephant, ed. Hatje Cantz.
Jose Dávila has been awarded the Baltic Artists' Award 2017 in the United Kingdom and in 2016 he was Artist Honoree from the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington D.C., USA. Dávila has received support from the Andy Warhol Foundation and the National System of Creators of the National Fund for Culture and the Arts, Mexico.
The artist lives and works in Guadalajara, MX.