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Abdul Vas

SOMEWHERE IN TIME II, 1996-2016

Collage on framed paper. 100 x 150 cm

THE GUY, 2007

Oil on linen.  

26×20 cm

“That’s The Way I Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll” solo exhibition by Abdul Vas, 2019. Installation view at L21.

“YORDANO VENTURA” KANSAS CITY ROYALS, 2017

Oil on linen. 131×98,5 cm

YOUR FATHER. “JOE FEDEX”

Oil on linen. 36×28 cm

ANGUS YOUNG, 2019

Oil on linen. 130 x 97 cm

“That’s The Way I Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll” solo exhibition by Abdul Vas, 2019. Installation view at L21.

MIKEY ROURKE, 2019

Oil on burlap. 23×17 cm

SERIE DALLAS TX, 2015

Ink on paper, framed. 

34×25,5 cm.

SERIE DALLAS TX, 2015

Ink on paper, framed. 

34×25,5 cm.

SERIE DALLAS TX, 2015

Ink on paper, framed. 

34×25,5 cm.

THE POWER IS BACK, 2019

Oil on linen. 195 x 170 cm

BRIAN JOHNSON, “THE RAZORS EDGE”, 2019

Oil on linen. 47,5×39,5 cm

BRIAN JOHNSON PLAYING WITH GIRLS AC/DC, 2019

Oil on canvas. 146 x 97 cm

“That’s The Way I Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll” solo exhibition by Abdul Vas, 2019. Installation view at L21.

Exhibitions
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

2018

Monster Of Rock, Sympa Galerie, Figeac, France

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, Galería Senda, Barcelona, Spain

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

2012

Shoot To Thrill, Casado Santapau Gallery, Madrid, Spain

2011

Navistar Projects, Los Angeles, CA & Dallas, TX

2010

“Maximum Overdrive” Casado Santapau Gallery, Madrid, Spain

2007

Missing since 1983, Galería T20, Murcia, Spain

Playoffs, Cuarto Espacio Cultural, Zaragoza, Spain

Barry Times, Street Georgetown Commonwealth, Georgetown, Guyana

2006

Blemish, Luis Adelantado Miami Gallery. Miami, FL 

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018

Everything & Nothing, The Empty Circle Space Brooklyn, NY

Microondas, Tokio Galeria, Lima, Peru

Black Garden (20mg de fluoxetina al día) L21 Gallery, Palma, Spain

 “Content Pour Rien”  Cédric Fargues, Amalia Ulman, Ahmed Nosseir, Fred Escher and Abdul Vas, New Galerie, Paris, France

2017

“Ride On” Abdul Vas & Gorka Mohamed, Galeria Proyecto H, Madrid, Spain, Curated By Alexis Callado Estefania

Performance Stickers, Shibuya Center Gai, Tokyo, Japan

2016

“TOUCHING HANDS WITH SOMEONE SERIOUSLY BEAUTIFUL” Harmony Korine, Donna Huanca,  Abdul Vas, Jeff Zilm, James Franco, Deanna Havas… Galería La Esperanza, Mexico City, Mexico. Curated By Gerardo Contreras

Thirsty Garten, The Composing Rooms, Berlin, Germany

2015

Nepotismo Ilustrado, Galeria Fernando Pradilla, Madrid, Spain

2014

“Retroalimentacíon” Exhibition Program at  Sala De Arte Joven Madrid. Madrid, Spain

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

2013

Malcolm Young Forever  A Project for Vice Magazine, CA

“Steel Wheels” Project Rooms, Art Lima, Lima, Peru, Curated by Octavio Zaya

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

Derrida PDF, HHDM, Vienna, Austria

“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  Bologna, Italy

La Fábula Mística, Masart Gallery, Barcelona, Spain. Curated By David Armengol

2010

“Amazing Gape” A Project  For Atlantica, Octavio Zaya. NY USA

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

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 “BOOKS”

Hell Ain‘t A Bad Place to Be Catalogue, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (MAC) 2015, Santiago de Chile

On the Edge, Collaboration Between Artist Abdul Vas and Factum Arte. 2014 London

Abdul Vas For Those About To Power “We Salute You” Texts By Octavio Zaya,  2012.  Tf Editores Isbn 13: 9788415253525 Isbn 10: 8415253524

AC/DC, Box Amp. 2012, Tokyo