Ariel De La Vega
De la Vega (Buenos Aires, 1977) works with white pencils, inks, gesso, clay, charcoal and threads, on black surfaces. He generates plots from photos of remote people, rescued from old dictionaries and encyclopedias. His procedure of superimposing these images causes them to be confused one on top of the other, which gives rise to an “archeology of the line”. It is these superpositions that Ariel de la Vega wants to present to us: lines that cover, cover, bury and, at the same time, leave visible parts of a previous layer. The artist says: “the lines are words of a mantra, a form of identity palimpsest”.
He studied at the Manuel Belgrano National School of Fine Arts, and participated in workshops at the Prilidiano Pueyrredón National School of Fine Arts. Between 2001 and 2005, he resided in Trento and Verona, Italy, where he began his studies in art conservation and restoration. Back in Argentina, he received a grant from Luis Felipe Noé to participate in his analysis workshop. He exhibited his works in museums and cultural centers in Argentina, and participated in auctions, competitive salons, and art galleries in Argentina, Brazil, Spain, France, the United States, and the Netherlands. His work has been published in the book Epistémologie du dessin: Concepts, lectures et interprétations, XIX-XXIe siècles (Agnes Callu [ed.], Jacques André Éditeur, 2021). He currently resides in Tandil, Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was awarded the following distinctions: 1st Prize for Drawing and Painting at the Paseo de Sant Joan Contest, Barcelona, Spain (2018); twice, Mention in the Drawing category of the National Visual Arts Hall (2013 and 2016). His work has also been exhibited in the following exhibitions: Argentine Art in Texas (Glade Gallery, curator: Andres Bardon, Houston, Texas, USA 2020); Non Grata Group Exhibition (artists: Didier Ben Loulou, Vincemt Corpet, Alessandra Chiffi-Giancarlo Mustich, Fabrice Cazenave; curator: Agnés Callu, Artgamma Gallery, Paris, France, 2019); Presence and Absence (artists: Andrea Allen, Ariel de la Vega; proposal: Luis Felipe Noé; texts: Luis Felipe Noé, Argentine Embassy in Paris, France, 2019); Lux in Umbra, solo exhibition (proposal: Verónica Ravera; texts: Gérmán Gárgano, Argentine Consulate in Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, 2019). Kósmos, solo exhibition, La Línea Piensa (text: Cecilia Ivancevich; curators: Luciana Martínez Bertoli and Eduardo Stupia, Centro Cultural Borges, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2018); Inside (Regis Duarte Collection, Muscat Gallery, Porto Alegre, Brazil, 2018); Works (Gallery AT388, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 2017); Black Paintings and Drawings (Mundo Nuevo Art Gallery, Buenos Aires, 2016). Coming soon: Rêver du Rêve (artists: Fabrice Cazenave, Stéfane Perraud, Francois Réau, Marine Vu, Ariel de la Vega; curator: Agnès Callu, Bertrand Grimont Gallery, Paris,
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