Delfina Foundation

Dana Awartani

London: 02/09/15 — 23/09/15

Inspired by traditional art and techniques of craft making, Dana Awartani’s work explores the relationship between geometry and nature, for example how universal truths can be translated through art using geometric principles. Her artwork thus reflects a traditional approach to art, seeking to visualize a sacred language through a symbolic and multilayered aesthetic. Specialising in geometry as well as illumination, tile-work and parquetry, Awartani works exclusively with high-quality natural materials and pigments that she prepares herself. This stems from a desire to revive historical techniques of traditional art that are struggling to survive in the modern world.

She has exhibited her work in many international exhibitions including Art Basel, Hong Kong (2015), Moallaqat at 21,39 Jeddah Arts (2014), Rhizoma at Edge of Arabia, Venice Biennale (2013), and Show of Faith, at Katara, Qatar (2013). Her work is included in the Farjam Collection, one of the largest collections of Islamic art in the world, as well as the Sheikh Zayed National Museum in Abu Dhabi.

Awartani achieved a MA in Traditional Arts at The Princes School of Traditional Arts, London and a BA in Fine Arts from Central Saint Martins.

Recently he won a scholarship for graduate studies granted by the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, where he earned recognition for his teaching activities two consecutive years. Since 2002 he has been part of the Mexican National Creator’s System.
César lives and works in Mexico.

César Martínez’s work tackles the diverse economic, social and cultural tensions that Mexico has faced in the last decades. Departing from the logic of provocation, criticism and uncertainty, and displaying humorous appropriations of language’s conceptual ambivalence, César employs multiple supports to tackle complex topics. From installation and sculpture made of edible materials to performance and conceptual objects he explores social malaise in the face of a frustrating system, the defeat of the institutions, globalization and the submission of the Mexican government to U.S. dictates among others subjects.

 

César has done over 200 performances in International venues, and has also participated in many conferences and round tables. His work is in important art collections such as the Carsten Norman in Germany, Fundació Sorigué in Spain, Colezzione “La Gaia” and Associazione Prometeo in Italy, MUCA UNAM, and various private collections in the United Kingdom, and the United Arab Emirates, among others.

 

Recently he won a scholarship for graduate studies granted by the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, where he earned recognition for his teaching activities two consecutive years. Since 2002 he has been part of the Mexican National Creator’s System.

 

César lives and works in Mexico.