GUILLERMO KUITCA (b. 1961)
Guillermo Kuitca was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1961, where he still lives and works today. Kuitca grew up amongst Argentine Revolution and although his work does not explicitly address this political turmoil, it incorporates relevant contemporary themes of migration, isolation, and private versus public space. His 1992 breakthrough untitled installation created a stage-like platform of twenty child-size mattresses painted with road maps of Europe. This work established important motifs in Kuitca’s work including cartography, theater, and suggestion of a human presence, which he has returned to throughout his career. Along these lines, Kuitca’s paintings frequently incorporate images of maps, doorways, gates, architectural plans, and other representations of human movement and transitional thresholds. These representational images are combined with abstract painting techniques to create vibrant and complex works that incorporate a myriad of aesthetic styles and histories.
Kuitca earned his first solo exhibition at age 13 at the Galeria Lirolay in Buenos Aires. As a working artist today, his work is represented in some of the most distinguished collection across the globe. Kuitca’s work has come to international renown through exhibitions including ‘Projects’ at The Museum of Modern Art in New York (1991); his participation in Documenta IX in Kassel (1992); and his representation of Argentina at the 2007 Venice Biennale. His status as one of Argentina’s leading artist has been further confirmed by shows at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London (1995); the Center for Fine Arts in Miami (1993) and The Arts Club of Chicago (1999). Kuitca’s most recent solo exhibition venues include the Kunsthaus Centre d’art Pasquart (2017) and Hauser & Wirth in London (2016). In 2017, Kuitca conceived and curated the show, ‘Les Visitants’, for the Fondation Cartier in Paris.