Juan Manuel Salas Valdivia

Juan Manuel Salas sets his art practice in relation to particular lines of work or research where he explores pictorial phenomena and its possible bonds with contemporary images. In his view painting is conceived as a system of signs without surveillance, Salas’ artistic production is not delimitated by a language or a particular style, which allows him to shift from figurative to abstract painting; from photography to video and installation, depending on the nature of the project. Salas’ work usually starts from already existent photographs or videos chosen from public websites or dead archive in obsolete books all of them being of a banal character of a symbolic poverty. He seeks to give these images a new meaning by making them part of the ritual of being painted, transformed in matter and incarnated in a physical body.  

Juan Manuel Salas Valdivia. (Guadalajara, 1992) lives and Works in Guadalajara. Salas received his degree in Visual Arts for Plastic Expression of the University of Guadalajara. In 2014 he made an academic internship at the Rennes 2 University, France. He was the winner of the first place in the category of young creators of the National Bienal José Atanasio Monroy in 2018, and also first place at the Salon de Octubre 2015, and two honorable mentions, in 2013 and 2017.

He has been selected in the "Second National Landscape Biennial" at the Carrillo Gil Art Museum in the Mexico City, "Aquí y Alla" in The Cookhouse, Chelsea College of Arts, in London, ACME 2016 in CDMX, XI "Joaquín Clausell" Painting Biennial in Campeche, National Encounter of Young Art in Aguascalientes 2015, Tenth Biennial of Puebla de los Ángeles in the University of Puebla. It has three individual exhibitions: “Possible Image” (2018) in Juan Soriano Gallery, “The Sunset of Things” (2017) in Jorge Martínez Art Laboratory, “Incendio” (2016) in Interior 2.1 He co-coordinates Lateral, an independent space of contemporary art. He earn a fellowship in the category of young creators FONCA 2017-2018. He is currently at the artist residence Air-Montreux, Switzerland.