The Civera Uslé family (in Spain a family is identified by giving both the father's and mother's last names) consists of three members. And all three are artists. Juan Uslé forms part of the Golden Triumvirate of contemporary Spanish painting (along with Tápies and Miquel Barceló). Victoria Civera is one of the country's most versatile and imaginative artists. And Victoria Uslé Civera has surprised everyone with the energy and success she's been showing at the very start of her career.
This is an historic occasion: the first time that all three artists have shown together. The subconscious (always so astute) must be responsible for the fact that I proposed this project to the Mario Mauroner Gallery, because only afterward did I notice the felicitous coincidence: the Mauroner family also has three members… and all of them are devoted body and soul to running art galleries.
Juan Uslé (1954, Santander, Spain) makes no concessions to trends and throughout his career he's evolved a thoroughly genuine and unique abstract style, in which he's managed "to reconcile geometry and lyricism" as Juan Manuel Bonet (ex-director of Madrid's Reina Sofía Museum) suggested when the artist received Spain's National Fine Arts Award in 2002. He had previously been selected to take part in Kassel's Documenta in 1992, and outstanding among his numerous international exhibitions are those at MACBA (Barcelona), IVAM (Valencia), the Saatchi Gallery (London), the Ludwig Museum (Vienna), The New Museum (New York), the Reina Sofía Museum (Madrid), the Morsbroich Museum (Leverkusen), SMAK (Ghent) and the Irish Museum of Modern Art (Dublin). For many years he has also shown his work at some of the most prestigious galleries in Europe and the U.S.
Victoria Civera (1955, Valencia, Spain) represents the permanent dissatisfaction of the true artist with her constant desire for experimentation, both formal and conceptual. When she paints or draws she seems to be sculpting the two dimensions of the paper or canvass with veritable shapes and emotions; when she makes three-dimensional objects it's like she's painting the fourth dimension…; when she creates installations we understand better than ever what Rosalind Krauss meant by "the expanded field…" Moreover, when she talks about her work she seems to be dreaming and she makes you believe that visionaries really do exist. She probably dreams in a rational and scientific manner. She began making photo-collages with images taken from the world of pornography. The first stage of her recognition by the art market (in the 80s) was especially linked to Action Painting, after which she evolved toward neoexpressionist tendencies. Her three-dimensional work employs an ample and innovative repertory, both material and conceptual. Despite her constant evolution, however, she has maintained her initial interest in exploring the plural and chameleon-like feminine condition.
Victoria Uslé Civera (1981, Santander, Spain) embodies a popular Spanish adage: "de tal palo, tal astilla" (a chip off the old block, or: like mother, like daughter). Just two years after her first show she attracted the attention of the hunters / collectors of cutting edge artists…
Centered on painting and drawing, she displays a special gift for composition and something which is particularly difficult to achieve in abstraction: what in photography is known as depth-of-field. Her command of color is already personal and praiseworthy. And above all, she stands out for something unusual in young artists these days (overwhelmed as they are by a neo-baroque saturation of information and iconography): the heir to the Uslé and Civera monikers displays a compositional and intellectual purity that allies her to the finest moments of minimalism and conceptualism.
The Uslé Civera family lives and works between two contrasting but utterly and inspiringly complementary places: New York and Saro, Cantabria, a region in northern Spain wedged between the Cantabrian sea and the Cantabrian mountains, and whose capital is Santander. Combining my visits to their apartment on Broadway in Soho, and their bucolic home-hideaway-mill-farm-creek-mini-zoo-studio in Saro, I can perfectly understand their all-embracing contemporary inspiration and passion for artistic creation and exploration.
Something similar happens when I visit the Mauroner's and their son, Mario Jr., at their galleries in Vienna and Salzburg or at their stands at art fairs throughout the world. I understand then just what running a professional, vocational and honest gallery consists of.
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