Tony Vazquez 2018-03-15T00:52:06+00:00

Project Description

Tony Vazquez

Tony Vazquez-Figueroa, b. 1980 in Caracas, Venezuela. Vazquez-Figueroa received his BFA from Emerson College Mass., USA in 1992. By 1995, he had become an award winning Advertising-Creative in Venezuela earning several Anda awards and other prices and nominations. His Client list had names such as, Chrysler, Jeep, Fiat, Chivas, Polar, BBVA, etc. (Anda Award is the highest recognition in the Ad business in Venezuela – in 2006 he was invited to participate as Jury). He continued his art studies in 1997, first at the Escuela de Arte San Alejandro-Habana, Cuba-, and then, earning a scholarship, at the New York Studio and at the Slade School of Painting in London.

He has received the 2015 Rozas-Botran Foundation Latin American Award and, The 2014 First Price of The 63rd. All Florida Exhibition Boca Raton Museum of Art.

His work is featured in public and private collections worldwide such as: The Perez Art Museum Miami, The Museum Of Latin American Art California, A.Kluger’s Collection and La Previsora Collection among others; he has also been showcased in numerous solo and group exhibitions and international art fairs such as, Pinta NYC, MIA; Scope NY, MIA; Context MIA, etc.

Vazquez-Figueroa’s work has been greatly shaped by his experiences in the AD work, and in Cuba between 1997/99 and Venezuela between 2002-2010.

Currently represented by: Artmedia Gallery-Miami, Galeria Beatriz Gil-Caracas; D’griss Panama; Galerie 208-Paris.

He lives between Miami and Caracas.

Artist Statement

My work is about the nature of learning and teaching through art.

The works, are literally the methods-I-need-to-invent to acquire, fix and transmit new knowledge about our own cultural history. Materials such as bitumen, crude oil, glass, eraser clay, photographs, advertising, among others, are crucial for my pieces for they represent our story derived from this particular location and time. I manipulate these materials and ideas using the strategy of “additive-subtraction” to open up the subject matter by “doing” and “undoing” and, “doing” and “undoing” again and again like some sort of sewing pattern until the subject is assimilated.

I have been greatly influenced by Rauschenberg and in particular by his Erased De Kooning as what I consider one of the most radical acts of art of the 20th century. His gesture of “additive-subtraction” -as Jasper Johns coined-, opened up a new fine-tuned method for me to analyze subject matter in this supposed era of over-abundance.

 

Tony Vazquez-Figueroa, Nace en 1970 en Caracas, Venezuela – 1970. Vazquez-Figueroa recibe el título de Bachelor of Fine Arts – Emerson College, Mass. en 1992. Para 1995 es considerado un relevante publicista en Venezuela ganador de varios premios Anda, y otros reconocimientos y nominaciones del medio. Su lista de Clientes contó con nombres como: Chrysler, Jeep, Fiat, Chivas, Polar, BBVA, etc. (Los Premios Anda son el máximo galardón del Medio Publicitario en Venezuela.- En el 2006 fue invitado para participar como jurado de los mismos).

En 1997 continúa sus estudios en la Escuela de Arte San Alejandro, La Habana, Cuba, y luego, en el New York Studio School y el Slade School of Painting, Londres, donde recibe el NYSS Scholarship. Tony Vazquez-Figueroa es reconocido con el Premio Latino Americano de la Fundación Rozas-Botran 2015, y el Primer Premio del 63rd. All Florida Exhibition Boca Raton Museum of Art, 2014.

Su trabajo puede verse en importantes colecciones públicas y privadas como el Perez Art Museum Miami, el Museum of Latin American Art, California, The A.Kluger Collection y, La colección La Previsora, entre otros. Su trabajo ha sido presentado en numerosas exhibiciones individuales y colectivas y, en ferias internacionales como Pinta London, MIA; Scope NYC, MIA. Context MIA, etc.

Su trabajo esta fuertemente marcado por sus años como publicista y por las experiencias de Cuba durante 1997 y 1999 y, en Venezuela entre 2002 y el 2010.

Presentemente es representado por: Artmedia Gallery Miami, Galeria Beatriz Gil, Caracas; D’Griss Art Gallery Panama, Galerie 208 Paris.

Actualmente reside en Miami. Fl.

Declaración del artista

Mi trabajo es acerca de la naturaleza del aprendizaje a través del arte.

Las obras son literalmente las estrategias-que-invento para adquirir, fijar y transmitir conocimiento acerca de nuestra particular historia cultural. Materiales como, Bitumen, petróleo, vidrio, fotografías, goma de borrar, publicidad, entre otros, son cruciales para mi trabajo pues representan esta historia derivada de esta locación y tiempo únicos en los que nos encontramos. Así, manipulo los materiales he ideas utilizando la estrategia de “subtracción-aditiva”, “haciendo y des-haciendo” una y otra vez, como si tratase de un tipo de patrón de tejido hasta que el tema es asimilado.

“Erased de Kooning” the Rauschenberg es una gran afluencia en mi trabajo pues considero la pieza como uno de los actos mas radicales de Arte del siglo 20. Su gesto de “subtracción-aditiva” – como lo llamo en su tiempo Jasper Johns -ha abierto para mi un método de análisis muy afinado para esta era de la supuesta super-abundancia.

 

Contact

Instagram: tvazquezfigueroa

Facebook: Tony Vazquez

Tweeter: javaroa

Recently Added to VAEA’ Artists’ Registry

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