Jose Dávila Biography

Jose Dávila works in a range of media—including sculpture, installation, collage and photography—to explore both material and form, often appropriating and re-contextualising history and architecture.

Read More

Davila's works are both odes and critiques to the artists and architects that came before him, such as Luis Barragán and Donald Judd. In Davila's ongoing series 'Homage to the Square' Josef Albers' paintings, in which squares of different colours are nested one inside the other, are reinterpreted as three-dimensional mobiles of nested square frames. While Albers used his paintings to consider the interpretation of colours when viewed in relationship to each other, Dávila's work presents the square and its colours as an exploration of form and shadow, reinterpreting Albers' exploration as a sculptural pursuit.

In his deconstruction and reconstruction of art historical works, Dávila also explores strategies of reproduction and reiteration. In works such as Buildings You Must See Before You Die (2008) and Chronological history of sculpture (2013), the artist's photographs of famous buildings and monuments are cut out, such that the very building or sculpture or artwork that warranted the initial image is deleted from the picture plane. In one photograph for example, there is a bean-shaped absence in Chicago where Anish Kapoor's Cloud Gate (2006) should be.

Initialling training as an architect, Dávila's work appears to demonstrate an interest in how objects situate themselves in space and time, and how context influences their being in the world. In September 2017, the artist's work Sense of Place—commissioned by LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division)—was unveiled. Initially a six-tonne cube of Tetris-like pieces the work was gradually disassembled into 40 individual pieces and moved through the city to 20 separate sites. In each new location the pieces became a sculpture whose function was decided by the community. By portioning out the sculpture and moving it through the range of Los Angeles' diverse landscapes, the layers of Los Angeles historically, geographically and socially were traversed. Later, the pieces were reunited in their original West Hollywood Park location. In Sense of Place—as well as Buildings You Must See Before You Die (2008) and Chronological history of sculpture (2013)—the space around the art and architecture becomes a core participant in and influencer of the art and architecture itself.

Dávila's works are included in major collections such as Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; the Zabludowicz Collection, London; and Mudam Luxembourg. He received the EFG ArtNexus Latin America Art Award in 2014.

Casey Carsel | Ocula | 2018

Jose Dávila
featured artworks

View 2 More
Untitled by Jose Dávila contemporary artwork sculpture
Jose Dávila Untitled, 2024 Concrete, epoxy paint and boulder
96.5 x 50 x 71.5 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler Request Price & Availability
Legacy is seldom stable by Jose Dávila contemporary artwork sculpture
Jose Dávila Legacy is seldom stable, 2024 Concrete and boulder
137.5 x 81.5 x 76 cm
Sold
Sean Kelly
The fact of constantly returning to the same point or situation by Jose Dávila contemporary artwork print, mixed media
Jose Dávila The fact of constantly returning to the same point or situation, 2023 Silkscreen print and vinyl paint on loomstate linen
113.2 x 140 x 6 cm
Sean Kelly Request Price & Availability
Untitled (Cowboy) by Jose Dávila contemporary artwork photography, print
Jose Dávila Untitled (Cowboy), 2023 Archival pigment print
203.2 x 154.2 x 8 cm (incl frame)
Sean Kelly Request Price & Availability
Untitled (Cowboy) by Jose Dávila contemporary artwork photography, print
Jose Dávila Untitled (Cowboy), 2023 Archival pigment print, diptych
203.2 x 311.4 x 8 cm
Sean Kelly Request Price & Availability
The fact of constantly returning to the same point or situation by Jose Dávila contemporary artwork print, mixed media
Jose Dávila The fact of constantly returning to the same point or situation, 2023 Silkscreen print and vinyl paint on loomstate linen
210 x 170 x 6 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler Request Price & Availability
Secret Desire by Jose Dávila contemporary artwork sculpture
Jose Dávila Secret Desire, 2023 Metal, epoxy paint, boulders, and wire
296 x 140 x 93.5 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler Request Price & Availability
Untitled by Jose Dávila contemporary artwork installation
Jose Dávila Untitled, 2017 White sardinian granite and volcanic rocks
122 x 240 x 77 cm
OMR Request Price & Availability
View 2 More

Jose Dávila
recent exhibitions

View 9 More
View 9 More

Represented by these
Ocula Member Galleries

Galeria Nara Roesler contemporary art gallery in São Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Galeria Nara Roesler New York, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro
OMR contemporary art gallery in Mexico City, Mexico
OMR Mexico City
Sean Kelly contemporary art gallery in New York, United States
Sean Kelly Los Angeles, New York, Taipei
View 9 More

Jose Dávila in
Ocula Magazine

Learn more about the market for works
by Jose Dávila.
Enquire for a confidential discussion. Enquire Now
Simon Fisher, Ocula CEO
Ocula Advisor
Simon Fisher
Christoper Taylor, Ocula Advisor
Ocula Advisor
Christopher Taylor
Eva Fuchs, Ocula Advisor
Ocula Advisor
Eva Fuchs
Rory Mitchell, Ocula Advisor
Ocula Advisor
Rory Mitchell

Jose Dávila in
Ocula Advisory

Jose Dávila in
video & audio

Ocula discover the best in contemporary art icon.
Follow Jose Dávila
Stay ahead.
Receive updates on new artworks,
exhibitions and articles.
Your personal data is held in accordance with our privacy policy.
Follow
Do you have an Ocula account?
Ocula discover the best in contemporary art icon.
Get Access
Join Ocula to request price and availability of artworks, exhibition price lists and build a collection of favourite artists, galleries and artworks.
Do you have an Ocula account? Login
What best describes your interest in art?

Subscribe to our newsletter for upcoming exhibitions, available works, events and more.
By clicking Sign Up or Continue with Facebook or Google, you agree to Ocula's Terms & Conditions. Your personal data is held in accordance with our Privacy Policy.
Thank you for joining us. Just one more thing...
Soon you will receive an email asking you to complete registration. If you do not receive it then you can check and edit the email address you entered.
Close
Thank you for joining us.
You can now request price and availability of artworks, exhibition price lists and build a collection of favourite artists, galleries and artworks.
Close
Welcome back to Ocula
Enter your email address and password below to login.
Reset Password
Enter your email address to receive a password reset link.
Reset Link Sent
We have sent you an email containing a link to reset your password. Simply click the link and enter your new password to complete this process.
Login