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José Basanta

PAINTER | VENEZUELA

José Basanta

  • Born in 1960
  • Painter
  • Style: Landscape / Figurative Expressionism
  • Born in Venezuela
  • Based in Venezuela

Born in Ciudad Bolívar (1960), he studied at the Escuela de Artes Plásticas María Machado de Guevara, in his hometown, and at the Escuela de Artes Visuales Cristóbal Rojas in Caracas, between 1982 and 1984. In 1990 he studied at the Atelier Contre Point, in Paris. In all the artistic production of Basanta, the jungle has been present, the geographical environment in which he was born and to which he has unconditionally returned despite his frequent trips and stays abroad. The jungle has remained as a powerful protagonist, full of mystery and strength.

In his first phase, the painting presents a chromatic palette of dark colors, which later became more luminous. After his trip to France and under the influence of European light, he returned to ocher and opaque tones. He uses the technique of assembling with organic elements, wood, sand, earth, to make large-format installations. The plastic resolution tends to highlight the organic character of these extra pictorial elements and the irregularity of the intervened fabrics with wrinkles and scratches. The four natural elements, fire, air, earth and water, are combined with a fifth element, the ether, which permeates all space, and which in Basanta’s work is shown with an overwhelming expressive charge. His representation is not illustrative, it ends up being an abstract proposal from which he takes with his brushstroke the force of the landscape and the atmosphere.

For the artist, the Guayanese jungle means “the slightest movement of terrifying nature, which envelops the human being with its magic, precisely there I settle.” Basanta stays for long periods in the jungle, knows its magic, and the wisdom of life and death contained in it. In recent years, he has produced works on canvas in smaller formats.

Artworks

CV

Individual Exhibitions

1989

→ “Un grito en el chamizal”. Estación Bellas Artes del Metro de Caracas, Venezuela.

1992

“Piel del Paisaje” Sala RG, Fundación Celarg. Caracas, Venezuela. 

1995

Centro de las Artes. Ciudad Bolívar, Venezuela.

“Esencia del Caroní” Sala de Arte Sidor. Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela.

2007

“Basanta El Mensajero del Caroní”. EcoMuseo del Caroní. Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela.

2010

→ “Huellas Sagradas”. Sala de Arte de Sidor. Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela.

Collective Exhibitions

1988

→ “Primer Salón Nacional de Artes Plásticas”, Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas.

1990

→ “Arte Contemporáneo Venezolano” Galería de la Embajada de Venezuela en Paris, Francia.

1991

→ “Primer Encuentro de Artistas Latinoamericanos”. Paris, Francia.

2002

“Homenaje al Maestro Armando Reverón”. Museo de Bellas Artes de Caracas. Caracas, Venezuela. 

2005

Mega Exposición II. Arte Venezolano del siglo XXI en Homenaje al Maestro Jesús Soto. Galería de Arte Nacional. Caracas, Venezuela/ Museo Jesús Soto. Bolívar, Venezuela.

2006

“Origen Sagrado”. Centro para las Artes Arturo Michelena, Fundación Banco Industrial de Venezuela. Caracas, Venezuela.

Certamen Mayor de las Artes. Caracas, Venezuela.

2011

Bienal de arte PDVSA. Museo de Arte Mateo Manaure. Maturín, Venezuela.

IV Bienal de Escultura. Galería de Arte Trazos. Caracas, Venezuela.

Awards

1982

→ Premio Reconocimiento de la Siderúrgica del Orinoco, Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela.

1988

→ Premio Art Internacional, Primer Salón Nacional de Artes Plásticas. Venezuela.

1993

→ Diploma de Honor UNESCO, Decenio mundial para el desarrollo cultural, Caracas, Venezuela.

2016

Premio Ángel Vivas Arias. 40 salones de Arte Aragua, Venezuela.

Represented in collections

Cámara del Comercio – Distrito Capital, Venezuela.

Instituto Pedagógico de Caracas – Distrito Capital, Venezuela.

Embajada de Venezuela en México, México.

Embajada de Venezuela en Londres, Inglaterra.

Consulado de Venezuela en New York, Estados Unidos de América.

Fundación Polar – Distrito Capital, Venezuela.

Siderúrgica del Orinoco “SIDOR” – Estado Bolívar, Venezuela.

Fundación Celarg, Venezuela.

Consejo Nacional de la Cultura CONAC – Distrito Capital, Venezuela.

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