Allan Villavicencio works on a constant question of painting as visual, material and physical perception. Starting from a process that accumulates gestures and sensations. It explores the virtuality that is generated through the interaction and breaking of borders between: the aesthetic representation, the formal relation of the pictorial object and the production of space. This process involves observing how fragments of their daily surroundings are delimited and extracted, which relate their visual perception and their bodily movement in a specific context.
In this aspect, the spatial study characteristic of Mexican muralism, the sensations of navigation in virtual landscapes in 3D and the visual signs that delimit a visual field of the urban environment. Behind different plastic processes of excavation and aggregation, Villavicencio builds a "residual landscape" that infuses tension between a sense of totality and a fragmented character. Thus, through a symbolic narrative of the perception of space, an extravagant phantasmagoria is configured by means of color and light that sows mental memories of images and traces. Which contextualize the pretext to look for the visible through unfolded and fragmented perspectives.
Mexico 1987. Lives and works between Mexico City and Paris
Allan Villavicencio holds a BFA in Visual Arts from the National School of Plastic Arts, UNAM, Mexico City, 2012.
His work has been exhibited in several countries such as Mexico, France, Peru, United States, United Kingdom, Columbia, Spain, as well as in international fairs: ARCO (Madrid), ZonaMaco (Mexico City) or Untitled (Miami) among others.
Villavicencio has been awarded with several prizes and recognitions among which FONCA Young Creators scholarship stands out in three issues: 2010, 2013 and 2017. He also received the Honorable Mention for XVIII Rufino Tamayo Painting Biennial 2018, National Nomad Veracruz Biennial 2014 and V Yucatan Biennial 2012. In 2014 he was awarded with Acquisition Prize of the National Encounter of Young Art in Aguascalientes, MX.
His work is part of numerous private collections as well as the Mario Testino Museum (Lima, PE), the Contemporary Art Museum of Aguascalientes (MX) or the JM SR Collection (Querétaro, MX) ones.
His practice gained international attention with more than 10 solo shows during the past 4 years of which stand out: La recherche du rayon vert, Maëlle Galerie, Paris, 2019; Notes for a landscape, IK Projects Gallery, Lima, 2018; Despliegues, CRGS-UDEM, Monterrey, 2017; Construir una grieta, Galería Libertad, Querétaro, 2016; Un vacío edificado, Galería Luis Adelantado, Mexico City, 2016 and Solo Project, Matadero Contemporary Art Fair, Madrid, in 2015.
Between his numerous participations to collective exhibitions we can highlight the following selection: XVIII Biennial Rufino Tamayo, Museo de arte contemporáneo de Oaxaca, 2018; México: Pintura reactiva, (cur. Carlos Palacios), Museo Carrillo Gil, Mexico City, 2018; II Landscape Biennial (cur. Guillermo Santamarina), Museo de arte contemporáneo de Sonora, 2017; Tropismes, (cur. Heiwata), Cité des Arts, Paris, 2016; Incitatus, Celda Contemporánea, Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana, Mexico City, 2016; Capital flight, Chalton Gallery, London, 2016 and Ergos Panoptes, (cur. Marco Arce), Museo Carrillo Gil, Mexico City, in 2014.