Juan Arata

Juan Arata

Argentina 1976

Video Installation, Painting, Drawing


Juan Arata
Juan Arata
January 26, 2016
Ok, I know it's so damn corny to quote somebody just to describe yourself, let alone Confucius, but this quote says all about my relationship with Widewalls, so forgive me for doing this: Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Am I forgiven?

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.

A Deadly Fraud

Juan Arata - A deadly fraud is this, 2014
Juan Arata – A deadly fraud is this, 2014

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.

A Life or Death situation

Juan Arata - A Life or Death situation, 2013
Juan Arata – A Life or Death situation, 2013

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.

Juan Arata lives and works in Berlin, Germany.

All images copyright © the artist

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015What Makes Us Human?Hilber Raun Berlin: Information Society, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2015RED Expressionism19 KAREN Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast QLDGroup
2014Exorcize Me, what make us ill?Galería Fiebre, Buenos Aires, ArgentinaGroup
2014Nord Art international art fairBüdelsdorf and Rendsburg GermanyGroup
2013Building A Factory: Pajama Factory Alumni ExhibitionStairwell Gallery, Bloomsburg, PA USAGroup
2013On ConstructionMMAC Gallery, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2013Berlin Nights19 KAREN Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast, AustraliaSolo
2012Participating artist in re:MMX Open Art VenueBerlin, GermanyGroup
2012Homage to Hollywood19 KAREN, Gold Coast, AustraliaGroup
2012Nord Art International ExhibitionGermanyGroup
2012The Art of Spain19 KAREN, Gold Coast, AustraliaGroup
2011Parcours d’artistesCentre Culturel Les Passarelles, Pontault Combault, FranceGroup
2011Found in TranslationCasino LuxembourgGroup
2011Nord Art international exhibitionBudelsdorf and Rendsburg GermanyGroup
2011Homage to Frida19 Karen, Gold Coast AustraliaGroup
2011Based In BerlinMultiLayerLaden, Berlin GermanyGroup
2011Pixelate Me, Transmediale Das Weekend FestivalaquabitArt, Berlin GermanyGroup
2011TroyartBrazilian Sculpture Museum MuBE, Sao , BrazilGroup
2010Touch MeaquabitArt Galerie, Berlin GermanyGroup
2010Dirty Realism Show VIIMMX Open Art Venue, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2010Wie es euch gefalltaquabitArt Galerie, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2010Out of controlMMX Open Art Venue Berlin, GermanyGroup
2010Grou showGalerija Muzej Lendava, SloveniaGroup
2009Signals through the FlamesGalerie Friedrichshohe, BerlinGroup
2009This is not an exit, a duo show with artist Jo Wilmot, GalleryGalerie 33, BerlinDuo
2009InterzoneWolterholme Projects, Liverpool, UKGroup
2009Recident artist, 19 Karin, Gold Coast, AustraliaGroup
2008T.A.O.M.A.C. 2Gallery 33, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2008Abnormale NormaleBHC Kolektiv, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2008Sexy facesArte Comprimido, Buenos Aires, ArgentineGroup