CHRISTIAN QUIJADA

(September 9 – October 1, 2008)

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Rooftops
Mix media on canvas. 110 x 10 cm. 2008
Rooftops Bifurcation Carousel High Voltage Absence Mystery

ENLACE ARTE CONTEMPORÁNEO Gallery (Av. Pardo y Aliaga 676, San Isidro) announces the opening of the solo exhibition METAL AND MELANCHOLY from artist CHRISTIAN QUIJADA FANO, next September 9, at 7.30 p.m. This exhibition brings together a series of sixteen medium- and large-sized works in mixed technique. According to the artist, they are the result of a synthesis and an internal search using landscapes, predominantly urban, that combine playful childhood elements such as carousels, ferris wheels, etc., places and objects that have made a deep impression on him and which he evokes in his works. Of the artist’s work, Manuel Munive writes in the exhibition catalogue: “…From our current perspective, we find that in addition to offering us urban scenes marked by precise characteristics, Quijada suggests a peculiar way of remembering the city. The monochromatic backgrounds in perfect gradations, against which the artist places the silhouette or profile filtered from a specific place and rendered in unreal colors, confers upon the image the consistency of an evocation…” “Prints have recently become the preferred medium of a number of young artists. It is used as a way to extend certain explorations in which digital images and photography seem to find an interface. Christian Quijada transfers photographic images to the surface of his canvas. Even if they were taken in Lima, the images in his works could have been shot in any city (…). The low-hanging flight, so descriptive, in the subjects of his works are the equal of those of photojournalism, although his eye never commits to any specific narrative. Contrary to the diffusive effect found in pigment—a medium as a pictorial element—the print in this case manifests itself as a footprint that provides detail, while at the same time infusing the image with depth.” Jorge Villacorta, Post-ilusiones. Nuevas visiones del arte crítico en Lima (1980-2006) (Post-Illusions: New Visions of Critical Art in Lima (1980-2006)), exhibition catalogue (2006) Christian Quijada (Lima 1976) studied drawing and painting at the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes in Peru, graphic design at the Instituto Toulouse-Lautrec, and photography at the Centro de la Fotografía. He has participated in over twenty group shows in Peru and abroad, and three solo shows: Urb (2005), Urb Sur (2005), and El Muerto (The Dead Man) (2006). He received an Honorable Mention at the Ninth ICPNA National Painting Salon (2001). He was a finalist in the Coca Cola National Painting Contest (Trujillo, 2002); in the Seventh ICPNA National Drawing Contest (Lima, 2002); in the Second Young Artists’ Contest of the Municipalidad de Miraflores (Lima, 2004); in the Young Artists’ Painting Contest organized by Minera Cerro Verde (Arequipa, 2004); in the Passport for an Artist Contest of the French Embassy in Peru (2006); and he won first prize in the Third Young Artists’ Contest organized by the Municipalidad de Miraflores (Lima, 2005). The exhibition may be viewed through October 1, from Monday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. No entry fee.