Juan Bolivar is an artist and curator.
His paintings negotiate the tension between meaning and form. He combines elements from disparate sources to investigate hybridity, language and abstraction. Bolivar's work often re-enacts seminal cannons of modernist painting such as Kazimir Malevich's 'black square' or paintings from Malevich's late period; using this context of interpretation to create new meanings from the sublime to the ridiculous.
As an independent curator he has worked on over 40 exhibitions with a focus on inclusivity, multidisciplinary practice and polysemic cultural dialogues. Between 2001 and 2005, Bolivar curated and organised ten independent, contemporary art exhibitions in temporary locations in London under the banner of TRAILER.
Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Bolivar graduated from Goldsmiths College and has twice been a recipient of a Pollock-Krasner award. His work is included in The Government Art Collection, and selected for significant exhibitions such as New British Painting at John Hansard Gallery, University of Southampton and East International at Norwich School of Art. His work was included in Nanjing Museum's first international exhibition of contemporary art where he was a prize winner.
He lives and works in London where he is a Lecturer in Painting at Camberwell College of Arts.