Venezuelan Masters: José Antonio Dávila


Escena de Transformaciones II (Construcciones - sobre tema del año 1963-1965)

Acrylic on canvas
27.6 x 27.6 in.
Certified by José Antonio Dávila
Signature & technical specifications on verso
Provenance: acquired directly from the artist

José Antonio Dávila
Born in New York on January 13, 1935. In 1941 he moved with his family to Caracas. Here studied at the School of Visual Arts and Applied Arts of Caracas, since 1948. In 1950, abandoning the school, enters the Free Art Workshop begins as a realistic painter of social, folk and urban. Between 1954 and 1956, based in Barquisimeto, studied at the School of Arts Martín Tovar y Tovar with José Requena, also like him, for that time, social realist painter. In 1958 participates in the activities of Realistic Art Workshop Caracas. This 1958 started a long tour of the socialist countries, and visit France, Italy and Spain. In 1966 he was appointed director of the Center for Experimental Art at the University of Los Andes in Merida, while taking advantage to make a turn in his paintings, now moving to a more synthetic and landscape, which follows a period when he was influenced by pop art. In 1967 runs several museums in the United States and in 1971 returned for a time to New York. Exhibited individually at the Venezuelan Institute Soviet 1959 Exhibition Hall Mendoza Foundation, 1961, Museum of Modern Art, Mérida, Mérida, 1970; Gallery Current Study, 1973; Arras Gallery New York, 1974 Art Gallery Contact , 1976 Bonino Gallery, New York, 1978; Gallery Freites, 1986. Among other awards received: Rome Prize in Art XVIII Venezuelan Official Hall, MBA, 1957; Award Armando Reveron, the IV July T. Arze, Barquisimeto, Lara state, Henrique Otero Vizcarrondo Award in Art XX Venezuelan Official Hall, MBA, 1959.

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