Juan Davila

(Chile, Australia 06 Oct 1946 – )

Mexicanismo

Location
Not on display
Further information

Originally from Santiago, Chile, Juan Davila arrived in Australia in 1974 and lives in Melbourne. Well-known for the confrontational content of his paintings and installations that juxtapose pseudo-pornographic scenes with references to famous figures in high art and culture, Davila's main concern is to highlight the political, economic and sexual identities that differ across cultures. The patchwork style of his painting, 'Mexicanismo' 1990, questions the clich├ęd representation of Third World cultures as "exotic" and invokes the consumer excess of the developed world. Typical of Davila's work are the references to popular culture, kitsch, craft and American modernism, suggesting that identity itself is in a state of continual evolution and subject to the forces of dominant cultural models.

Art Gallery Handbook, 1994.

Year
1990
Media
Mixed media painting
Medium
oil, collage on canvas
Dimensions
280.0 x 434.0 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Purchased with assistance from the Rudy Komon Memorial Fund 1992
Accession number
299.1992
Copyright
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