We are delighted to announce the opening of the gallery with an exhibition of Raul Piña who has lived in London since the late 90’s. Guggenheim's curator Pablo Leon de la Barra recently referred to Raul as “a Mexican painter living in London and whose talent has yet to be recognized” and this exhibition does pay tribute to his work and his professional and faithful artistic trajectory.
Raul Piña. Hidalgo, Mexico 1961.
Raul Piña studied at the prestigious Mexican Fine Art School La Esmeralda. He started his carrier along with artists such as Gabriel Orozco, Melanie Smith in the legendary exhibition curated by Guillermo Santamarina A propósito at the Former Monastery Desierto de los Leones in 1989. Raul was very active exhibiting with many other artists who emerged in the late 80's and early 90's mainly in Mexico City – exhibitions there included Tabla Geografica", a fundraising exhibition organised by artist Francisco Toledo. His work was commended in the 1993 Orozco Biennale and was selected in the 1996 Tamayo Biennale. The following year his performance "The Death of Saturn" was selected for the 1st Three-dimensional Biennale in the National University of Art, Mexico City. In the UK he has exhibited his work and performed widely on numerous exhibitions and art events.
His work is collections such as the DRT Foundation from Mexico, The University of Hertfordshire and The University of Essex Collection of Latin American Ar. Small works of Raul Piña are also in the private collections of artists such as Sarah Lucas, Tracy Emin, Gavin Turk & Bob & Roberta smith.
Piña will present recent paintings, works on paper and sculptures along with an intervention in the space and a performance on Friday the 24th of July.