Juan Arata is a Argentinian – German artist known for his nihilistic paintings that explore modern consumerism through a series of characters – all miserable, trapped, branded and confused.
Arata was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1976. He graduated Architecture at the University of Buenos Aires, where he came back later – only this time as an art history and project design professor – until 2003, when Juan became full time artist.
Today, Juan is well known multi-media artist, working in a variety of media including drawing, installation, video, and most prolifically, painting. Arata sometimes even performs and works as a self-developed projects’ curator. His artworks are characteristic for his specific use of saccharine and neon colors, as well as a distorted visages and disembodied appendages of the miserable and ugly subjects he invented.
Following the grotesque tradition of George Grosz, Juan Arata brings to life some gruesome characters, bizarre and comedic figures, firmly grasped by the urban life. His paintings are often paired in diptych, mirroring one another, and by doing so, he creates a repetitive and egocentric world they live in.
This artist is represented by 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace.
All images copyright © the artist
|2015||What Makes Us Human?||Hilber Raun Berlin: Information Society, Berlin, Germany||Group|
|2015||RED Expressionism||19 KAREN Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast QLD||Group|
|2014||Exorcize Me, what make us ill?||Galería Fiebre, Buenos Aires, Argentina||Group|
|2014||Nord Art international art fair||Büdelsdorf and Rendsburg Germany||Group|
|2013||Building A Factory: Pajama Factory Alumni Exhibition||Stairwell Gallery, Bloomsburg, PA USA||Group|
|2013||On Construction||MMAC Gallery, Barcelona, Spain||Group|
|2013||Berlin Nights||19 KAREN Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast, Australia||Solo|
|2012||Participating artist in re:MMX Open Art Venue||Berlin, Germany||Group|
|2012||Homage to Hollywood||19 KAREN, Gold Coast, Australia||Group|
|2012||Nord Art International Exhibition||Germany||Group|
|2012||The Art of Spain||19 KAREN, Gold Coast, Australia||Group|
|2011||Parcours d’artistes||Centre Culturel Les Passarelles, Pontault Combault, France||Group|
|2011||Found in Translation||Casino Luxembourg||Group|
|2011||Nord Art international exhibition||Budelsdorf and Rendsburg Germany||Group|
|2011||Homage to Frida||19 Karen, Gold Coast Australia||Group|
|2011||Based In Berlin||MultiLayerLaden, Berlin Germany||Group|
|2011||Pixelate Me, Transmediale Das Weekend Festival||aquabitArt, Berlin Germany||Group|
|2011||Troyart||Brazilian Sculpture Museum MuBE, Sao , Brazil||Group|
|2010||Touch Me||aquabitArt Galerie, Berlin Germany||Group|
|2010||Dirty Realism Show VII||MMX Open Art Venue, Berlin, Germany||Group|
|2010||Wie es euch gefallt||aquabitArt Galerie, Berlin, Germany||Group|
|2010||Out of control||MMX Open Art Venue Berlin, Germany||Group|
|2010||Grou show||Galerija Muzej Lendava, Slovenia||Group|
|2009||Signals through the Flames||Galerie Friedrichshohe, Berlin||Group|
|2009||This is not an exit, a duo show with artist Jo Wilmot, Gallery||Galerie 33, Berlin||Duo|
|2009||Interzone||Wolterholme Projects, Liverpool, UK||Group|
|2009||Recident artist,||19 Karin, Gold Coast, Australia||Group|
|2008||T.A.O.M.A.C. 2||Gallery 33, Berlin, Germany||Group|
|2008||Abnormale Normale||BHC Kolektiv, Berlin, Germany||Group|
|2008||Sexy faces||Arte Comprimido, Buenos Aires, Argentine||Group|