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Abdul Vas

SOMEWHERE IN TIME II, 1996-2016

Collage on framed paper

100 x 150 cm

BRIAN JOHNSON “THE RAZORS EDGE WORLD TOUR 190/91”, 2016

Oil on canvas

41 x 33 cm

TITTINNI PEKINGESE, 2015

Oil on canvas

50 x 61 cm

BACK IN BLACK “BRIAN JOHNSON”, 2017

Oil on Belgian linen

270 x 190 cm

TITTINNI PEKINGESE, 2017

Oil on canvas

41 x 33 cm 

THE JEW, 2012

Oil on canvas

35 x 27 cm

SERIE DALLAS TX, 2015

Ink on paper

21×29,7 cm

SERIE DALLAS TX, 2015

Ink on paper

21×29,7 cm

THE GUY, 2007

Oil on canvas 

23 x 17 cm

MR. CROWLEY, 2007

Oil on canvas

28.5 x 20.2 cm

SERIE DALLAS TX, 2015

Ink on paper

21×29,7 cm

SERIE DALLAS TX, 2015

Ink on paper

21×29,7 cm

BACK IN BLACK, 2007

Oil on linen

90 x 120 cm

PETTRICCA IN PARAMARIBO, 2006

Pencil on paper

30.1 x 25 cm

EDWARD ALEXANDER “MR. ALEISTER CROWLEY”, 2005


Oil, senok, ecoline and junglewater on paper

130 x 80 cm

Bio

Born in 1981 in MaracayVenezuela. He grew up living between SurinamGuyana, and Belgium. After studies at EAVRA in Maracay and at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam he lives and works in Amsterdam and Madrid.

He has created handmade books and zinesphotographscollagesdrawingspaintings and muralsVas’s work has been discussed and reviewed in Vice,Rolling Stone Magazine,ABC (newspaper), Esquire (magazine), and the New York Times. In 2009, he was selected for the Beijing Biennale. His works are part of various collections internationally, and have been exhibited throughout the United StatesLatin AmericaAsia and Europe. He’s had solo shows at the Contemporary Art Museum in Santiago de Chile, L21, Preteen Gallery Mexico, Casado Santapau Madrid among others and has been part of group shows at Shibuya Center Gai Tokyo, The Composing Rooms, Berlin, Arcadia Missa London, Matadero Madrid, among others, including the Beijing Biennale.

Abdul Vas work broaches heavily the obsessions of his home country Venezuela with the symbols of the American dream. Heavily influenced by Marc ChagallMike KelleyAl Feldstein and James Ensor, Vas’s work heavily consists of depictions of aggressive and well-hung roosters that represent the masculine element of the American cowboy-culture. Therefore, his pictures are full of references to the American baseball team Cincinnati RedsMLBMalcolm YoungThe Rolling StonesSlayerMetallicaThe Black CrowesMuddy WatersSUVsRock and roll and the symbols of the North American imperialist power: the Navistar trucks. Another common theme in his work is the Australian rock group AC/DC, particularly lead singer Brian Johnson. Many of his other artworks are named after AC/DC songs or albums.

Abdul Vas 

1981 Maracay, Venezuela/Suriname

 

EDUCATION

Gerrit Rietveld Akademie 2001-2003

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016

Rock The Blues Away, L21 Gallery, Madrid, Spain

2015

Hell Ain´t A Bad Place to Be, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (MAC) Santiago de Chile, Chile

2014

Ton/Ton Amp Space Tokyo, Japan

Carlos Laszlo+Abdul Vas Preteen Gallery At Mia&D Fair, Singapore

AC/DC 40th Anniversary 2013, Senda Gallery, Barcelona, Spain

‘You Shook Me All Night Long’ Preteen Gallery At Mia Fair Milano, Milano, Italy

2013

Shoot To Thrill, Casado Santapau Gallery, Madrid, Spain

2011

Navistar Projects, Los Angeles, CA & Dallas, TX, USA

2010

Maximum Overdrive” Casado Santapau Gallery, Madrid, Spain

2008

Playoffs, Cuarto Espacio Cultural, Zaragoza, Spain

Barry Times, Street Georgetown Commonwealth, Georgetown, Guyana. Curated By Fred Parnna

2006

Blemish, Luis Adelantado Miami Gallery. Miami, FL, USA

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017

Performance Stickers, Shibuya Center Gai, Tokyo, Japan

2016

Thirsty Garten, The Composing Rooms, Berlin, Germany

2014 It’s Been Four Years Since 2010 Curated By Gerardo Contreras, Arcadia Missa, London, UK

2013

On Painting Centro Atlántico De Arte Moderno (Caam) Curated By Omar Pascual Castillo

‘I Don’t Know It’s An Illusion I Don’t Care’ Vamiali’s Gallery, Greece

‘Beer Picnic (Stink Finger Clit) Preteen Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico, Curated By Gerardo Contreras

2012

So Confused Lol” Beo Project, Belgrade, Serbia

“Reconstruir Territorios” Centro De Las Artes Los Galpones, Oficina # 1, Caracas, Venezuela

2011

Twizy Escala 1:1, Matadero, Madrid, Spain

The Noise Of Bubbles, Matadero, Madrid, Spain, Curated By Javier Duero

How To Philosophize With A Hammer, At White Box, New York, NY

Zè Paciencia, Masart Gallery, Barcelona, Spain, Curated By Daniela Castro

55/3” Artplay, Moscow, Russia, Curated By Marja Udovydchenko

Aporías Artísticas` S.Xxi D`Ercole Del Ayuntamiento De Bolonia, Italy, Curated By Pedro LorenteLa Fábula Mística, Masart Gallery, Barcelona, Spain, Curated By David Armengol

2010

Arte Vivo, Fundacion Mexico Vivo, Mexico City, Mexico Curated By Victor Zamudio Taylor

The Waste Land, At White Box, New York, NY

Uncutcock, Preteen Gallery, Hermosillo, Mexico. Curated By Rest In Peace Farrah Fawcett (Ripff)

Deaht Penalty, Posters, Angola, IN

Queens Move, Juvenal Reis Studios, New York, NY. Curated By Susie Lim

Spring Rape, Preteen Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico. Curated By Rest In Peace Farrah Fawcett (Ripff)

2009

Moksi Meti Lekker At Gemeente Albina+Appel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands Curated By Joen Bukman

The Man Who Fell To Earth, Beijing 798 Biennale, China, Curated By Rául Zamudio.

Barry Times, Street Georgetown Commonwealth, Georgetown, Guyana. Curated By Fred Parnna

2008

Fire Your Guns, Cucarachon Patticcas” Corner Humor, Caja Madrid, Spain. Curated By Mario Campos

2007

Mixed, Surinaams Museum, Fort Zeelandia, Paramaribo, Suriname

Mera Coincidencia, Anfitrión-Proxecto Edicion, CGAC, Santiago De Compostela, Spain

Kunstroute Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal, Leiden, The Netherlands

Kippenland Van Straat Palm Park, Paramaribo, Suriname

2006

International American Art, Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation-Cifo, Miami, FL

Cincinnati Reds Luis Adelantado Miami, Project Truck, Miami, FL

Una Noche Maravillosa,  Garash Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico

PUBLICATIONS

Abdul Vas For Those About To Power “We Salute You” Texts By Octavio Zaya

Tf Editores Isbn 13: 9788415253525 Isbn 10: 8415253524