Jorge Queiroz
Portugal, 1966
Jorge Queiroz studied at the Centro de Arte e Comunicação Visual (Ar.Co) in Lisbon with teachers such as Rui Sanches and António Sena. He continued his education at the Royal College of Art in London and completed his MFA in 1999 at the School of Visual Arts in New York. He stayed there until 2004, when he moved to Berlin. These cosmopolitan rovings are in sharp contrast with his highly personal work—halfway between abstraction and figuration—that eschews the usual trends in post-conceptual contemporary art. His title-less drawings seem to belong to a pre-linguistic universe. At the same time, his work has a dreamlike quality: the different layers of signs, from marks and lines to strange outlines, are superimposed without any narrative structure other than its simultaneity in the plane of representation. Somewhat Neosymbolist, it offers a revamped genealogy of the avant-garde, leaving behind formal exercises based on geometric tradition to distil a fantastical, post-romantic imagination that is closer to Surrealism and certain 19th-century movements than to classic Conceptualism. He was invited to present his work at the Venice Biennale (2003) by curator Francesco Bonami and has also taken part in other major international events, including the Bienal de São Paulo (2004) and the Berlin Biennale (2006).
Manuel Segade