Juan Antonio Olivares

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Juan Antonio Olivares (1988) was born in Puerto Rico to Colombian/Chilean parents, and is currently based in New York. He received a BA in Visual Arts and Philosophy from Columbia University in 2011 and attended the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf with Prof. Christopher Williams from 2015-6.

Olivares works in digital animation, video installation, sound sculpture and drawing to create psychologically charged environments that merge nature and technology. Mining impulses that reflect our deeply embedded fears and desires, Olivares abstracts them through digital interfaces. His work explores humanity through constantly evolving forms of image making, connecting viewers beyond an immediate time and place. 

Olivares has exhibited in venues such as: The Clark Institute, Williamstown (forthcoming); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York; Off Vendome, New York; and M/L Artspace, Venice.

Collections: Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, New York; Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaundengo, Torino, Italy; Adrastus Collection, Avila, Spain.

 

Education

2018
Fürstenberg Zeitgenössisch, Heiligenberg, Germany

2016
Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Prof. Christopher Williams, Düsseldorf, Germany

2011
Columbia University, B.A. in Visual Arts & Philosophy, New York

Solo Exhibitions

2024
The Panther: Kaspar Müller & Juan Antonio Olivares, Aguirree, New York

2022
Self-Portrait, Maria Bernheim, Zurich

2021
Transference, ChertLüdde, Berlin

2019
Naufragios, Bortolami, New York

2018
Juan Antonio Olivares: Moléculas, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

2017
Moléculas, Off Vendome, New York

Group Exhibitions

2023
The Big Chill, Bernheim, London
Zürich Biennial, Curated by Mitchell Anderson and Daniel Baumann, Kunsthalle Zürich, Zürich
My Demons My Angels, ChertLüdde, Berlin
Humane Ecology: Eight Positions, Curated by Robert Wiesenberger, Clark Art Institute, Williamstown

2021
The view from there, Sadie Coles HQ, London
So close I can see inside of you, ChertLüdde, Berlin

2020
Junque, Massimo de Carlo, London
Documento, Embajada, San Juan, Puerto Rico
A Stately Interior, Aguirre, Mexico City

2019
Cruise Kidman Kubrick, Galerie Maria Bernheim, Zurich, Switzerland
In My Room, Antenna Space, Shanghai
After 8, Fürstenberg Zeitgenössisch, Donaueschingen, Germany

2018
The World’s Your Oyster, Artuner, Turin
El derecho a la opacidad, Aguirre, Mexico City
Condo London, ParkView/Southard Reid, London

2017
I. Summer (after the Great Game), Miguel Abreu, New York

2016
I Started Saying No and Began to Lose Weight, Filmwerkstatt, Düsseldorf
The Grove, Hester, New York

2015
Please Respond, M/L Art Space, Venice

2014
Lucky Draw 2014, SculptureCenter, New York
JMF Las Vegas, John and Marion Frye Collection, Las Vegas

2011
Senior Thesis Presentation, Leroy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, New York
Press Release, Martos Gallery, New York

Bibliography – Selected Articles

2023
“Humane Ecology: Eight Positions” by William Corwin, The Brooklyn Rail. October 4, 2023, Web.
“‘Humane Ecology: Eight Positions’ puts humanity’s relationship with nature under a microscope” by Jennifer Huberdeau, The Berkshire Eagle. September 21, 2023, Web.
“The Scream of Nature: Munch and Reflections on the Anthropocene at The Clark” by Farah Abdessamad, Observer. August 29, 2023, Web.
“At the Clark Art Institute, nature and culture under pressure” by Murray Whyte, The Boston Globe, August 3, 2023, Web.
“Humane Ecology: Eight Positions,” Catalogue edited by Robert Wiesenberger, Yale University Press, 2023, New Haven, US. ISBN: 9780300273434

2021
“Juan Antonio Olivares at ChertLüdde”, Artviewer, online, 26.10.2021.

2020
“Four Artists on the Future of Video Art” by Russeth, Andrew on NYTimes, July 22, 2020. Web.

2019
“Schaut sich in Berlins Galerien um.” by Beate Scheder on TAZ, May 8, 2019. Web.
“A Guide to the Must-See Exhibitions at this Year’s Berlin Gallery Weekend” by Nadim Samman on Ignant, April 24, 2019. Web.

2018
“Self-Abstractions” by Stephanie Seidel on Flash Art (International Edition), March-April 2018, p. 62-7. Print.
“Juan Antonio Olivares: There Is No End” by Jane Panetta, on Whitney Museum of American Art, March 1, 2018. Web.
“VIEWS NEW YORK: Juan Antonio Olivares at Whitney Museum” by Dean Kissick on Spike Art Quarterly. #55 Spring 2018, p. 191. Print.
“The Year in Screens—With 3D Teddy Bears, Absconded Identities, Violent Comedy, and More” by Alex Greenberger on Artnews, December 26, 2018. Web.
“3D Teddy Bear: Juan Antonio Olivares Interviewed by Elizaveta Shneyderman” by Elizaveta Shneyderman on Bomb Magazine, May 30, 2018. Web.
“Digital Water: Juan Antonio Olivares” by Allese Thomson on Out of Order, Spring 2018, p. 194-5. Print.
“EP 011: Juan Antonio Olivares” by William Jess Laird on Image Culture on May 1, 2018. Podcast.

2017
“Juan Antonio Olivares: Moléculas” by Oliver Basciano on ArtReview, May 2017, p. 122. Print.
“Juan Antonio Olivares” by Allison Fonder on Kaleidoscope, March 2017, p. 40-41. Print.
“A Review of Juan Antonio Olivares: Moléculasat Off Vendome, New York” by Clayton Press on Arteviste, February 26, 2017. Web.
“5 Young Artists to See in New York Right Now” by Christie Chu on artnet, February 20, 2017. Web.

2016
“The Grove” on Cura Magazine, January 21, 2016. Web.