Juan Davila Born in Santiago, Chile in 1946, Juan Davila moved to Melbourne in 1974 and has worked between the two countries ever since. Considered as a whole, Davila’s art has produced a uniquely provocative, powerful and influential body of work.
Since the early 1970s, Juan Davila has used the medium of painting to engage in debates around aesthetics, politics and sexuality, drawing on its rich and varied histories in Latin America, Australia, Europe and North America. Davila has brought to high art the visual landscape of popular culture.
As a visual archive, Davila’s works are not simply reflections of a society awash with images, but a carefully articulated questioning of the hierarchies applied to cultural material, and by extension, cultures. Davila opens up the hidden tensions that lurk beneath any official history or national mythology.
Davila was included in Documenta 12 in Kassel, Germany, in 2007; staged every five years, Documenta is the most prestigious exhibition of contemporary art in the world. The Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney and the National Gallery of Victoria held retrospective surveys of Davila’s work in 2006 – 2007.
In November 2015 Davila is participated in the Asia Pacific Triennial at the Queensland Art Gallery with a presentation of monumental paintings. A major survey of Davila’s work of the last two decades was shown at Matucana 100, Santiago Chile in 2016. In 2018 Davila is participated in EVA International Biennial, Ireland and will be having a solo exhibition at MUSAC, Leon Spain.
His work is included in every major museum collection in Australia, as well as significant international museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.