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Francisco Mejia-Guinand solo exhibition
"Geometrics Jewelry in Tokyo"

From : December 6th to16th, 2014 at All 2nd floor
Opening reception:December 5th(Fri.)
Organized by: PROMO-ARTE Gallery
Supported by : Embassy of the Republic of Colombia in Japan
 

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FRANCISCO MEJIA-GUINAND (Bogota, 1964) is a born painter, he could not avoid it. His childhood visits to the studio of his father, an amateur painter, and the occasions when his mother led him by the hand through the world’s great museums may have been responsible for his early interest in art, but his decision to become a full-time painter only came after a long struggle. After studying architecture, he worked as a university professor and in architectural restoration, an experience which taught him what he already knew: that the only thing he wanted to do in life was to paint.

However, the works, by the artist, Mejía-Guinand are internationally known for his large-scale geometric sculptures based on Mathematics, Russian Avant-garde, Sacred Geometry and Origami principles. His work steadily incorporates a range of metals including bronze, aluminum, stainless steel, titanium, brass, copper tubing, and cast aluminum and precious metals. A architect turned artist, Mejía-Guinand’ s work is also heavily influenced by the works of a speculatively rooted tree for DNA genes and the field of morphology, the study of changing of forms and shapes. Mejía-Guinand’ s work is driven by a search to understand how Nature designs its incredible creations using generative principles and formal codes combined with forming processes.

For this reason, everything he has achieved since then has served to confirm the wisdom of his decision to embrace the world of volumes and spaces that the true painter longs for. So, having trusted his intuition and set himself at peace, Mejia-Guinand has devoted himself to constructing a solid universe of planes and colors.


 




 

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FRANCISCO MEJIA-GUINAND (Colombia)

1964 Born in Bogota, Colombia. The eldest son of Francisco Mejia Gomez and Gladys Guinard Salazar.
1965 His family moves to New York.
1968 His family returns to Colombia at the end of year.
1982 Finishes studies at the Colegio San Jose de Calasanz in Bogota.
1983 Enters the Faculty of Architecture and Design of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana of Bogota.
1986 Realizes his first work, a mural for the private residence of the Jesuit priests in Bogota.
1988 Obtains a degree in architecture. He works for the Mayoralty of Bogota as part of team responsible for the recuperation of the historic center of the city. Participates in projects of architectural restoration and urban planning.
1989 Begins to teach classes on the History of Art for the Industrial Design course of the Pontifica Universidad Javeriana.
1992 nvited to teach a course on the History of Art at the Institute of Esthetic Researches of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia.
1993 Teaches architectural design in the Faculty of Architecture and Design of the Pontifica Universidad Javeriana.
1994 Travels to Europe and visits Turkey, Greece, France and Italy.
1995 Travels to New York. Participates in a collective show in the Gallery of the Museo de Arte Moderno of Bogota.
1996 Teaches a seminar on “painted architectures, projected paintings” in the Department of History and Theory of the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota and works in the same university’s office of physical planning.
1998 Participates in a collective show in C & C Contemporary Art, Chicago, U.S.A.
1999 Holds his first solo exhibition in the Galeria Diners in Bogota.
2000 Participates in the collective shows “Exordio” (Exordium) at the Galeria Diners, Bogota and the Museo de Arte Moderno, Bucaramanga, and “Grandes Artistas en Pequeño”(Big Artists in a small format), in the Galeria Diners, Bogota.
2001 Participates in the show “La Nueva Pintura Colombiana” ( New Colombian Painting), a traveling exhibition organized by the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Relations and shown in the seat of Unesco in Paris; the Gallery of the National Theater at the Museum of Art of Constanta, Romania; and the Cultural Center of the Mayoralty of Athens, Greece. Two of his large-format works become part of the collection of the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Relations.
2002 The Felipe Grimberg Gallery invites him to participate in the Miami Art Fair; the Galeria Diners of Bogota holds a solo exhibition of his recent work; Villegas Editores publishes his book Francisco Mejia-Guinard, with an essay by Ana Maria Escallon.
2003 Washington D.C, "Francisco Mejía-Guinand, The Order of an Inner World"
Comprehensive Retrospective the first in USA and a major survey of his work featuring ten years of the entirety career.
This first comprehensive overview of Mejía-Guinand 's Drawings, Paintings, a body of work that
spans ten years of work, from 1993 to 2003. Organized chronologically, it reveals the development of Mejía-Guinand 's work. 2004 Bogotá, Quinta Galería, "Francisco "Mejía-Guinand Dibujos" en Blanco y Negro," September 1- November 4.
2005 Bogotá, Quinta Galería, "Francisco Mejía-Guinand Pinturas" en Blanco y Negro," September 15 - November 14.
2006 Palma de Mallorca, Gabriel Vanrell Galeria D'Art, "Francisco Mejía-Guinand Geometría y Niebla" curated by Juan Manuel Bonet, traveling to Museo de Arte Moderno y Contemporáneo EsBaluard.
2007 Bogotá, Galeria Deimos, "Francisco Mejía-Guinand, Sakura," curated by Poli Mallarino. September 6- November 12,
2008 Zurich, raum für zeitgenössische kunst,"Francisco Mejía-Guinand, Undich Zeichnungen curated," by Timo Niemeyer, May 29 -June 7 Munich, Clair at Konrrad Bayer,"Francisco Mejía-Guinand, Kaligraphien,"
2009 Munich, Clair at Konrad Bayer,"Mejía-Guinand, Zeichnungen", curated by Anna Patricia Khann, May, June.
2010 Zurich, raum für zeitgenössische kunst,"Francisco Mejía-Guinand, Undich Zeichnungen curated," by Timo Niemeyer, May 29 -June 7.
2011 Zurich, raum für zeitgenössische kunst, "Francisco Mejía-Guinand, Notes from Shabolovka tower," a
set of models and drawings for a endless column consisting in two alternating sequence of isosceles triangles which,
once it is folded along the edge, exhibit paraboloid interior space properties curated by Timo Niemeyer, April 8 - May 4.
2012 Zurich, raum für zeitgenössische kunst, "Francisco Mejía-Guinand," curated by Timo Niemeyer, May1-June 28.
2013 Zurich, raum für zeitgenössische kunst, "Francisco Mejía-Guinand Endless Columns" curated by Timo Niemeyer,
May1-June 28,
2014 Tokyo, Latin American Art Gallery PROMO-ARTE, "Francisco Mejía-Guinand's Geometric Jewelry,
Celebrating 25 years of work". Comprehensive Overview of Mejía-Guinand 's Drawings, Paintings and Sculpture,
a body of work that spans the years from 1986 to the present.

 



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