Focusing his birthplace
and using several languages -paintings, photographs, performances
with photographs and installations- Juan Doffo has developed a kind
of personal cosmogony from which he reaches man with interpretations
far away from his geographic territory.
Sometimes Mechita, a small town where he was born in Buenos Aires
plains, becomes mitic structures of heaven or hell. Otherwise, Mechita
is a womb, cauldron, ravine, vault. At least, they are all questions
about human life.
The artist uses some images for reflect and to draw reflections. A
thought that soon escapes from reason boundarys: Doffo's works plunge
into other ambits, and surround the idea but from sensations. Between
the twinkle that grows or extinguish, he express his own self with
metaphors, questions related with illusion, passion or both of them.
Doffo sees the world from his own personal experience. From there
he builds the simbols of his universe: the unbounded horizon of the
"pampas", the crossing of mud streets, the fire, the labyrinthic
lecture of stars and constructions from thought and culture that he
shows as vaults or big silos made with bricks. They are the reason
of his ideas, that don't know the limits between substance and physics.
Visual reflections about the sense of real, illusion, trivial or trascendent,
universal or regional; build the images of his artistic work, mostly
centered in a metaphysic look of landscape, transformed in a metaphysic
territory. The landscape not as a determinated geography but as a
psychic one: the landscape as an exact point where interior and exterior
merge with all his questions.
The geography of his native land is the furnace where from he constructs
concepts that pretend to jump in other lands. It is not a unique space:
in there live together reality, dreams and quotations in different
aspects of culture. It is the place of transformation and materilization
of ideas and dreams. There he talks about the road as destiny, the
macroscopic and the microscopic, the certainity of feelings and the
terrifying incommensurable, psychological heavens and hells.
Born in 1948 in Argentina, of italian heritage.
Educational Background: University of Arts, Buenos Aires. In 1981 granted a scholarship by the National Museum of Fine Arts to live and work in Europe and the U.S.A.
Live and work in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Selected Solo Exhibitions: 2007: Rubbers Gallery, Buenos Aires. 2006: National Museum of Fine Art, Neuquén, Argentina.2006: Boltax Gallery, Shelter Island, New York. 2006: Buenos Aires Photo Fair, Palais de Glace. 2005: Scope-Art Hamptons (Boltax Gallery), New York. 2005: Buenos Aires Art Fair (Debbie Frydman Art Dealer). 2004: Biennial of International Art of Cuenca, Ecuador. 2003: Jürg Stummer Gallery, Zürich, Suitzerland. 2003: “Extraña substancia”, Recoleta Cultural Center, Buenos Aires. 2001: Art Miami, Miami, U.S.A. 2000: Museum of Modern Art, Mendoza, Argentina. 2000: Van Eyck Gallery, Buenos Aires.1998, Retrospective, Palais de Glace, Buenos Aires. 1998:Tucumán Cultural Center, Tucumán, Argentina. 1993: Soudan Gallery, Buenos Aires. 1989: Vermeer Gallery, Buenos Aires.1986: Retrospective 1974/1986, San Telmo Foundation, Buenos Aires. 1984: Julia Lublin Gallery, Buenos Aires. 1982: Jacques Martinez Gallery, Buenos Aires. 1981: Studio Evergreen Gallery, Amsterdam, Holland. 1980: Praxis Gallery, Buenos Aires.
Selected Awards: 2008: First Prize, National Salon. 2004: Prize of Argentine Asociation Art Critics. 2000: First Prize, Salta Biennial. Third Prize, Córdoba Biennial. 1996: First Mention, Buenos Aires Metropolitan Museum.1995: First Mention, Chandon Biennial, Museum of Fine Arts. 1993, Second Prize, National Salon. Second Prize, Santa Fe Saloon. 1988, First Prize, Municipal Salon. 1986, Mention, Biennial of Miami. Mention, Amalia Fortabat Prize. 1983, First Prize, Museum of Modern Art. 1980, First Prize Banco del Acuerdo, Museum of Fine Arts. 1979, First Mention, Braque Prize.
Selected Museum Collections: Museum of Latin American Art (Molaa), Long Beach, California. Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York. University of Essex Collection of Latin American Art, England. Ulla & Greger Olsson Fundation, Stokolm, Sweden. Gallery of the Americas, La Havanna, Cuba. National Museum of Fine Arts, Buenos Aires. Museum of Modern Art, Buenos Aires. Museum of Rosario, Argentina. Museum of Cordoba, Argentina. Museum Eduardo Sívori of Argentine Art, Buenos Aires. Museum of Santa Fe, Santa Fe, Argentina
Selected Last Group Exhibitions: 2007: National Prize of Painting. 2006: “Pampa, suburbio y ciudad, Imago Space, Osde Fundation, Buenos Aires. 2005: Aerolíneas Argentinas Prize, Borges Cultural Center 2004: “ComuniCarte, Dialogo con l’immagine”, L’Aquila, Italy. “Contemporary Art Fair”, Boltax Gallery, New York. “Argentina. Si”, Boltax Gallery, Shelter Island, New York. 2003, “Ansia y Devoción”, Proa Fundation, Buenos Aires. 2002: “Zeitgenössische Kunst Aus Argentinien”, Fulda, Germany. “Flag Art Festival”, Seul, Corea. 2002, “Flag Art Festival”, National Museum of Fine Arts, Buenos Aires. 2000, Argentine: Art and Culture, Recoleta Cultural Center, Buenos Aires. 1999, “Costantini Prize”, National Museum of Fine Arts, Buenos Aires. 1997, “Costantini Prize”, National Museum of Fine Arts, Buenos Aires. “Novartis Prize”, National Museum of Fine Arts, Buenos Aires. “Trabucco Prize”, Museum of Modern Art, Buenos aires. “Chandon Prize”, Borges Cultural Center, Buenos Aires. 1996, “70/80/90”, National Museum of the Fine Arts, Buenos Aires. 1995, “Telecom Prize”, Palais de Glace, Buenos Aires. “Chandon Biennial”, National Museum of the Arts, Buenos Aires. “University of Palermo Prize”, National Museum of Fine Arts, Buenos Aires. “Gunther Prize”, CAYC, Buenos Aires. “Arte al Sur”, Recoleta Cultural Center, Buenos Aires. 1987: “Expo Art”, New York. 1986: “Miami Biennial”, Miami, U.S.A. “Argentine Art” Museum of Fine Arts, Montevideo, Uruguay. 1984 “Havanna Biennial”, Havanna, Cuba. 1981: “Salon Villeparisis”, Paris, France.