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Tony Vazquez-Figueroa

Born in 1970 - Venezuela

BIOGRAPHY

biography under completion

tony vazquezfigueroa, is a venezuelan artist with a background in film and advertising. His experiences in cuba 97/98 and in venezuela throughout the years 2002/ 2010 redefined his perceptions of art and opened new paths of discovery.
With great inventiveness vazquezfigueroa uses source materials such as bitumen, crude oil, glass, eraser clay, photographs, among others, and manipulates them to create works that oscillate between beauty and strangeness. “In my work”, he explains, “the materials are crucial to the development and understanding of the piece. I find that taking this materials out of their usual context and placing their qualities in service of other ideas causes a strangeness that is very intriguing and satisfying… and it’s even better if something beautiful arises in the process of creation through deconstruction and subtraction….yet, and always, the main concern is to bestow those qualities of the materials to the piece so the meaning of the work is ‘understood’? felt?…internalized… at a non-rational level ”.

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EXHIBITIONS

2015
lbi foundation for the arts and sciences - works on paper. New Jersey

2014
color of latin - gyeongnam art museum - korea
63rd. anual all florida juried exhibition boca museum - boca museum, fl.
venezuela/ukraine - unexpected conversation - black square gallery - miami.
urbanism - coral gables museum - miami.
paper work project - black square gallery - miami.

2013
summer reading - black square gallery - miami.
dessine moi - galerie 208 chicheportiche - paris.

2012
acquired - the bakehouse art complex - miami.
tridimensionnel - galerie 208 chicheportiche - paris.

2011
utilitaria- galeria mad - caracas.
sauvages - jg platform gallery - miami.

2010
65 salón michelena - valencia, venezuela.
identidades - galería mad - caracas.
collect collage - galería estudio arte 8 - caracas.
brasil reimaginado - brasilian consulate - caracas.
retomando el rojo - galería mad/studio 64 - caracas.
eclectic - galleria g7 - caracas.

2009
v bienal de maracaibo - maracaibo, venezuela.
pixeles - gabriela benaim gallery - caracas.
bridge to the americas - museum of latin american art (molaa) l.a, california.

2007-1998
individualidades - galería artepuy/ breatriz gil gallery - caracas 2007.
ground art - art basel week - 2004.
merit show new york studio school - new york city, 2001.
salón servando cabrera - habana, cuba 1998.

solo shows
closepop - d’griss art gallery - panama, 2011.
cata^logos - galeria artepuy - caracas, 2008
ad/iconic - galería mad - caracas, 2006.
venezuela turmoil - south florida art center - art basel week - miami, 2004.
notations - galería espacio d’Stefano - caracas, 2004.
retro/prospective - cultural capuy - caracas, 2003.

awards
1st price - 63rd annual all florida juried competition and exhibition boca museum -
boca museum, fl. 2014
4 anda awards - venezuela - 1997- 2000.
good will foundation 1st price - venezuela - 2001.
partial scholarship - new york studio school - 1998.

art fairs
scope - miami, 2014.
?art wynwood - miami. 2013, 2014.
fiaam - soul, 2013.
art miami - art basel week - miami, 2012, 2013.
scope - nyc, 2013.
pinta - london, 2011, 2012.
arte americas art fair - miami 2011.
feria iberoamericana de arte - caracas 07,08,09,10,12,13.
fiam maracaibo - maracaibo, 08,09.

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