Jorge de León

Codex de la Serie Homo/Logo

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Year 2021
Medium Ink on paper
Dimensions 29.7 x 83.4 cm
Nominated by Salma Tuqan

About the work

The Homo/Logo series (Homo, human or person; Logo, word or sign) are characters without gender, race, or economic condition. They are elements abandoned in their context, living in daily situations, a little exaggerated to show the futileness of being. Using the shape of the Mayan codices, the images recreate everyday events that cannot be seen at the same time.

About the artist:

Born 1976 Guatemala, Jorge de León lives and works in Guatemala. He studied at the Rafael National School of Art Rodríguez Padilla. 

León's work revolves around the urban – the political and social violence of Guatemala. Between 1996 and 2002 he was a tattoo artist in marginal areas of the city. 

His work is held in public and private collections including Reina Sofía Museum, Madrid; Blanton Museum of Art, Austin; and Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco.

Selected solo exhibitions include Y en los días adversos, Ultraviolet Projects, Guatemala City (2020); Construcción/Destrucción, CCE Centro de la Cooperación Española, Guatemala City (2018); Homo-Logo, Proyectos Ultravioleta at Frieze Art Fair, New York (2018); Asociación ilícita, live performance with Regina José Galindo, Proyectos Ultravioleta, Guatemala City (2017); Proyectos Ultravioleta presenta a Jorge de León y Alberto Rodríguez Collía, ARCO Arte Contemporáneo en España, Madrid (2017); En los prósperos días, Proyectos Ultravioleta, Guatemala City (2017); Monumento, Proyecto Fuego, San José, Costa Rica (2016); Paisaje, Proyectos Ultravioleta, Mexico City (2016); and Bloques, Galería Sol del Río, Guatemala City (2015). Selected group exhibitions include Booth 1.05, Proyectos Ultravioleta in NADA New Art Dealers Alliance, Miami (2018); Dependencia in-Dependencia, Sol del Río, Guatemala City (2018); Más allá, en colaboración con Hellen Ascoli, 21 Bienal de Arte Paiz, Museo de Correos, Guatemala City (2018); Naturaleza incierta o cómo se construye el paisaje desde Guatemala, Proyectos Ultravioleta, Guatemala City (2018); Caída Libre, La Alianza Francesa de Guatemala, Guatemala City (2017); Tristes y no tan tristes trópicos, Proyectos Ultravioleta, Art Basel (2015); Tocar madera, Proyectos Ultravioleta, Guatemala City (2015); Guatemala después, Parsons School of Design, New York and touring (2015); and Atrévete, si quieres, a no hacer nunca lo que debes, Galería T20, Murcia (2014).

Awards include invitations to participate in biennials in Spain, Nicaragua and Guatemala; the Silver Glyph of the XIV Biennial of Arte Paiz (2004); and the Bancafé Young Creators Award (2004).

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