Ivan Bautista’s Inspirational Path

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Perhaps the closeness with his teacher Shinzaburo Takeda has left a seed planted in his creations, which Iván transcends and takes to a language of his own.
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The Japanese Ukiyo-e art style, comprised between the XVII and early XVIII centuries, gives us a very characteristic stylistic trend from Japan; where creative personalities such as Kitagawa Utamaro, Kuniyoshi Utagawa or Shunko Katsukawa are distinguished.

The compositions are made based on well-defined planes accompanied by textile textures, or linear sequences, with characters drawn with very clean, uninterrupted and subtly valued lines.

This aesthetic delight, also found in the forbidden eroticism pieces of the Shunga art from the 17th century, leads me to the audacity of believing that it may have an influence in Ivan Bautista’s work.

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Perhaps the closeness with his teacher Shinzaburo Takeda has left a seed planted in his creations, which Iván transcends and takes to a language of his own.

His plastic discourse speaks of his love for his original roots as an indigenous Oaxacan, being the human figure his central object of representation. He immerses us in the complexity of his everyday life world. Finding the depth of his own intimacy, in each of his representations.

His work with large dark planes and total whites, limited by exquisite lines that draw hands, feet and faces, lets us discover a mysticism that drags us in an almost ceremonial way to the contemplation of his work.

Technically speaking, his work is based on drawing and painting using traditional plastic techniques such as charcoal, graphite, oil, acrylic and tempera. He develops with excellence the graphic techniques of woodcut, intaglio, lithography, etching and pvc-graphy, adapting, enriching and contributing his own mixed techniques.

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Ivan Bautista’s work

He graduated from the Escuela de Bellas Artes de Oaxaca, UABJO with a degree in Fine and Visual Arts, specializing in Graphics. In 2009 he made an academic exchange at the National School of Plastic Arts, ENAP-UNAM.

In 2018 he attends as a guest artist to the “Grabadolandia” Festival in Chicago, the same year he makes a traveling exhibition in cities like Tokyo, Osaka and Kochi in Japan.

In 2012 he received honorable mention in the National Biennial “Shinzaburo Takeda” in 2016 he was awarded 2nd place and in 2019 he received the UABJO prize of the same Biennial. He was selected in the 1th (2013) and 2th (2014) “Bienal Internacional de Grabado José Guadalupe Posada” (Museo José Guadalupe Posada, Aguascalientes, Mx.). In 2014 he participated in the XII Biennial of Havana, Cuba. The same year he was a guest artist in the group exhibition at the “International Exhibition of China” at the Art Museum of Sahanghai, China.

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Ivan Bautista’s work

In 2012 he made a stay in Stockholm, Sweden, through the Cultural Exchange Collective ASARO Oaxaca – RAKETA Sweden. The same year he participated in the 1st Cultural Exchange “Maíz y Maguey”, EuroOaxaca Initiative for Cultural Transformation (IETC) Europe, Oaxaca. His work was selected in the I International Biennial of Small Format Printmaking “Francisco Paco Urondo” in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

He participated in “Latino Impresa 2011 MUNT”, in Tucumán, Argentina. In 2005 he was selected in the 1st International Exhibition of Small Format Engraving “Inter-Gravure” in Minas, Uruguay. He has 10 solo exhibitions in Mexico and has participated in group exhibitions in countries such as Australia, USA, France, Nicaragua, New Zealand, Sweden, Finland, South Africa, Serbia, Canada, Taiwan. He is currently part of the Taller Burro Press in Oaxaca City and we are pleased to be exhibiting his work in our gallery; Nahualli, la casa de los artistas, in Mérida, Yucatán.

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Ivan Bautista’s work

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