Juan Uslé

Juan Uslé was born in 1954 in Santander, Spain. In recent years he has become one of the most important painters internationally.

His painting and photography has been presented in numerous important individual exhibitions in the US and Europe, including the Reina Sofia, Madrid (2003), Gent’s SMAK (2004), and the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2004).  In his work, Uslé combines two contrasting, immaterial entities: Systemization – often expressed through colorful patterns – and Chaos – represented by gestural, stain-like brush strokes. The inspiration for his pieces is found in the dichotomy of the two cities the artist lives in: New York City and Saro, a tiny village in Cantabria in Northern Spain. Furthermore, Uslé documents his surroundings in constant photographic observation. In doing so, he assumes the role of a sculptor, focusing on the three-dimensionality of the scenario rather than the two dimensional image of it.

He participated in the 51. Venice Biennale in 2005. In Germany, his works have been shown at Documenta 9 in Kassel (1992), at Leverkusen’s Museum Morsbroich (2002), and most recently at the Kunstmuseum Bonn (2014), travelling on to the CGAC in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Many catalogues have been published documenting his work. In 2002, Juan Uslé was awarded Spain’s national art prize.


Recent und upcoming exhibitions

Espacio artkunstarte - Galería Arnés y Röpke, Madrid, Spain
Loteria - Selected works from the r/e collection
Group exhibition
September 15, 2016 — February 17, 2017

Cheim & Read, New York, USA
Membrana Porosa
Solo exhibition
May 5 – June 18, 2016

Fundación Federico García Lorca, Huerta de San Vicente, Granada, Spain
Theory of the Duende
Group exhibition (Curated by Enrique Juncosa)
October 30, 2015 – January 10, 2016

Palacio Real de Madrid, Spain
Arte Contemporáneo en Palacio. Pintura y Escultura en las Colecciones Reales
Group exhibition
October 20, 2015 - February 28, 2016

Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice, Italy
Imago Mundi. Luciano Benetton Collection. Mappa dell’arte nuova
Group exhibition
September 1 – November 1, 2015

CentroCentro Cibeles, Madrid, Spain
De la Mano
Group exhibition
July 14 – October 25, 2015

Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany
Mar de Aral
Solo exhibition
April 30 – June 27, 2015

Selected publications

Kunstmuseum Bonn and CGAC (Ed.)
Juan Uslé: Soñé que revelabas
Published by: Distanz Verlag, 2014
ISBN: 978-3-95476-053-4

Cheim & Read (Ed.)
Juan Uslé: Brezales
Published by: Cheim & Read, 2008
ISBN: 0-9797397-5-6

Information on shows at the gallery