Juan Antonio Olivares (b. 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
2016 – Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Prof. Christopher Williams, Düsseldorf, Germany
2011 – Columbia University, B.A. in Visual Arts & Philosophy, New York
Fürstenberg Zeitgenössisch, Heiligenberg, Germany
Self-Portrait, Maria Bernheim, Zurich
Transference, ChertLüdde, Berlin
Naufragios, Bortolami, New York
Juan Antonio Olivares: Moléculas, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Moléculas, Off Vendome, New York
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
The view from there, Sadie Coles HQ, London
So close I can see inside of you, ChertLüdde, Berlin
Junque, Massimo de Carlo, London
Documento, Embajada, San Juan, Puerto Rico
A Stately Interior, Aguirre, Mexico City
Cruise Kidman Kubrick, Galerie Maria Bernheim, Zurich, Switzerland
In My Room, Antenna Space, Shanghai
After 8, Fürstenberg Zeitgenössisch, Donaueschingen, Germany
The World’s Your Oyster, Artuner, Turin
El derecho a la opacidad, Aguirre, Mexico City
Condo London, ParkView/Southard Reid, London
I. Summer (after the Great Game), Miguel Abreu, New York
I Started Saying No and Began to Lose Weight, Filmwerkstatt, Düsseldorf
The Grove, Hester, New York
Please Respond, M/L Art Space, Venice
Lucky Draw 2014, SculptureCenter, New York
JMF Las Vegas, John and Marion Frye Collection, Las Vegas
Senior Thesis Presentation, Leroy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, New York
Press Release, Martos Gallery, New York
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, New York
Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaundengo, Torino, Italy
Adrastus Collection, Avila, Spain
Bibliography – Selected Articles
“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
“Juan Antonio Olivares at ChertLüdde”, Artviewer, online, 26.10.2021.
“Four Artists on the Future of Video Art” by Russeth, Andrew on NYTimes, July 22, 2020. Web.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“The Grove” on Cura Magazine, January 21, 2016. Web.