Juan Uslé Santander, Spain, b. 1954
Juan Uslé was born in Santander, Spain in 1954. He studied fine art at Escuela Superior de Belles Artes in San Carlos, Valencia from 1973 to 1977. He relocated to New York in the late 1980s. He now lives and works in Saro (Cantabria) and New York City.
Juan Uslé’s works are defined by geometry and despite their graphical character they are profound. Often they are determined by a strong color contrast, that make the images glow. The light perceived however, does not resemble sunlight but artificial neon-light. It reminds us of lights in cinemas and cities.
Is it a chaos of tubes and cables, the topographical sight and overview of a city or a metro system? Uslé displays the complexity of modern world and the twisted perception of our living environment. Parts of pictures start to overlap and they merge. They seem to be in motion. Colours reject each other or blur and form something new, so it enforces the picture’s or the city’s dynamic.
Select solo exhibition include “Juan Uslé: Dark Light”, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany (2014); “Nudos y Rizomas”, Es Baluard, Museu d’Art Modern I Contemporani de Palma, Palma de Mallorca, Spain (2010); “Juan Uslé: Switch on / Switch off ”, CAC Málaga – Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, Málaga, Spain (2007); “Open Rooms”, SMAK, Ghent, Belgium and Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland (2004); “Open Rooms”, Palacio de Veláquez, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain (2003); “Juan Uslé First Time”, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany (2002); “Ojo Roto”, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo (MACBA), Barcelona (1996).
Select group exhibitions include “Lignes”, Galerie Lelong & Co., Paris (2019); “Paris Gallery Weekend 2019”, Galerie Lelong & Co., Paris (2019); “The Time. The Place. Contemporary Art from the Collection”, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA, USA (2017); “Salzburg: Parcours d'Art”, MAM Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art, Salzburg, Austria (2015); “Silver”, Frith Street Gallery, London (2014).
His work is held in private and public collections including Centre Pompidou, Paris; Arte Contemporáneo Fundación "la Caixa", Barcelona; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; MIGROS Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich; Museum Marugame Hirai, Japan; Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig (MUMOK), Vienna; New York Public Library, New York; and the Tate Modern, London.