Jorge Luis Linares
Guatemalan visual artist and architect. Graduated from the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas "Rafael Rodríguez Padilla". Student of the artist Daniel Schafer during the courses taught at the DS2 Gallery from 2002 to 2004. Architect by the University of "San Carlos de Guatemala". Since 2004 works with different tools of expression: painting, printmaking, sculpture, installation, photography and digital video. He has participated in several solo and group exhibitions in galleries, museums and cultural centers in Guatemala, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Mexico, Colombia, United States, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Holland and China.
His research in the visual arts has focused on the obsession to edit, modify space and intervene through different media, digital techniques and contemporary artistic practices. The artist fuses images and forms, and in this process de-constructs and develops the concept of his work, in which he explores urban aesthetics and the integration of plastic art with architecture. Linares seeks through these practices, in the field of contemporary art, to give a visual and physical response to urban, social and economic conflicts, produced by the dynamics of an industrialized culture and mass consumption. The artist generates visual constructions on the relationship that the observer establishes with the architecture and the urban landscape, expanding reality to the field of the virtual, which then materializes in reality, and, in this process, the visual language becomes data, binary languages, mathematical algorithms that create "non-places", computer-generated spatial simulacra, thus producing spaces of otherness, territories and heterogeneous places; modifying the urban experience of space and its aesthetics.