Juan Bolivar – BA Painting Lecturer

Juan Bolivar - Can I Sit Next to You Girl (After Malevich 1930-31). 2016-17. Acrylic on canvas.
Juan Bolivar.

Juan Bolivar is an artist and curator.

He makes paintings that negotiate the tension between meaning and form; combining elements from disparate sources to investigate hybridity, language and abstraction.

As an independent curator he has worked on over 40 exhibitions with a focus on inclusivity, multidisciplinary practice and polysemic cultural dialogues.

Bolivar's painting research explores the problematised tension of dialogistic hybridity, using ‘abstraction’ as a loaded 'readymade' for intertextual discourse. Bolivar often reenacts 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. 

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.

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