Jaime GILI Venezuelan, b. 1972

"Painting, for me, often means engaging in an endless succession of quests and discoveries that eventually become fixed," says the Venezuelan-born, London-based artist Jaime Gili, one of Latin America's leading contemporary abstract painters.

 

Gili belongs to an extraordinary generation of Venezuelan artists who necessarily continue to examine the place of their practice within their inheritance of one of the most interesting Modernist movements in Latin America. In the 1950s, architects like Carlos Raúl Villanueva encouraged Venezuelan artists to redefine public space by integrating modern architecture and visual arts. The following generations of artists grew in the midst of this coalescence. But they also inherited a country whose national economy was based on a volatile oil industry and, more recently, experienced the political meltdown of the democratic system, ending in the current political conflict.

 

Gili has developed a unique style that represents a highly distinctive point of convergence between a specific inherited European modernism interlaced with Venezuela's past historical modernism, and the current affairs. Aware that abstract painting cannot place current reality as such on to the canvas - for instance, the reality of protests and the disintegration of democracy - Gili takes on these issues through their tempo and the painting's own slow process of becoming. Thus, gradually and looking within its own limitations, Gili's abstract paintings attempt to bridge the voids of time and space, the final message being one of a positive future.

 

Jaime Gili was born in Caracas in 1972. He studied first in Prodiseño, Caracas; later at the University of Barcelona, and finally at the Royal College of Art in London, where he has been based since 1996. He has exhibited widely internationally including most recently: "Contralapared" Espacio Monitor, Caracas; "Minimal Baroque. Post-Minimalism and Contemporary Art", Rønnebæksholm, NÆSTVED; "Impulse, Reason, Sense, Conflict. Abstract art from the Ella Fontanals- Cisneros Collection". CiFo, Miami; "Connecting Through Collecting. 20 years of Art from Latin America at the University of Essex" University of Essex, Colchester, "Comma 04" at Bloomberg space, London; and "Arte Emergente en Venezuela, 2000-2012" Sala TAC, Caracas.

 

Gili has exhibited widely internationally including most recently: "Contralapared" Espacio Monitor, Caracas; "Minimal Baroque. Post-Minimalism and Contemporary Art", Rønnebæksholm, NÆSTVED; "Impulse, Reason, Sense, Conflict. Abstract art from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection". CiFo, Miami; "Connecting Through Collecting. 20 years of Art from Latin America at the University of Essex" University of Essex, Colchester, "Comma 04" at Bloomberg space, London; and "Arte Emergente en Venezuela, 2000-2012" Sala TAC, Caracas.

 

Gili's work is in public and private collections including: Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Essex Collection of Art from Latin America, (ESCALA); Colección Cisneros, Caracas; and Cisneros Fontanals Collection, Miami. He has created large commissions in public and private buildings integrating painting in architecture. Permanent public commissions include 14 industrial storage tanks in Portland, Maine; Boulevard de Playa el Agua, Margarita, and "Diamante de las semillitas" Barrio José Félix Ribas in CARACAS.

 

He has created large commissions in public and private buildings integrating painting in architecture. Permanent public commissions include 14 industrial storage tanks in Portland, Maine; Boulevard de Playa el Agua, Margarita, and "Diamante de las semillitas" Barrio José Félix Ribas in CARACAS.

 

 

Jaime Gili (subtitled version) from GlitchGarten on Vimeo.