I like these guys! Juan Soriano & Pedro Reyes

JUAN SORIANO

Classified as part of the second wave of the Mexican muralism movement, Soriano’s work include painting, sculpture, ceramics, graphic works, illustrations, tapestries and set and costume design for works such as those by Eugène IonescoPedro Calderón de la Barca. Etc.

(1935), Soriano moved to the Mexican capital and soon entered into a lively visual and personal dialogue with Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Orozco, Siqueiros, as well as the more vanguard artists and writers who composed the famous Contemporáneos group.

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Mexican painter and sculptor who, was an exponent of the Mexican School cultural movement, which flourished after the ouster in 1910 of Mexican dictator Porfirio Díaz and drew on Expressionism. Soriano was known primarily for his self-portraits and portraits, notably a series of Lupe Marín, Diego Rivera’s first wife. Soriano later shifted to sculpting, and his huge bronze doves and moons graced a number of plazas in Mexico. A prodigy, he first began exhibiting at the age of 14, and he later moved to Mexico City to pursue his art. For a time he was a member of the League of Revolutionary Writers and Artists, who protested against fascism in Europe and against the U.S. involvement in various Latin American countries. He travelled extensively in Europe and found inspiration in everyday life and the people with whom he lived.

Pedro Reyes

He uses sculpture, architecture, video, performance and participation. His works aims to increase individual or collective agency in social, environmental or educational situations.

He is a big fan of spanish artist Francisco Goya.

After studying Architecture, Reyes founded “Torre De Los Vientos”, an experimental project space in Mexico City which operated from 1996-2002. Together with Joseph Grima he was co-founder of and “The Urban Genome Project”. In 2015 Reyes was named aFord Foundation Art of Change Fellow.

His work is a socio-political critique on contemporary society and our responsibility towards it. His projects are catalysts for communal and psychological transformation, triggering group interaction and creativity.

The exhibition at Lisson Gallery includes musical instruments created from firearms, including revolvers, shot-guns and machine-guns, which were crushed by tanks and steamrollers to render them useless. These were offered to the artist by the Mexican government following their confiscation and subsequent public destruction in the city of Ciudad, Juarez.

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