Guadalajara, Mexico, 1974
Lives and works in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Jose Dávila’s work, nurtured by his architecture formation, makes constant reflections on modern architecture and urbanism, contemporary art, its forecasts and failures. With references such as architectural utopias or milestones in twentieth century art, Dávila approaches the vital contradictions between form and function. His hybrid structures can become cold or warm, light and heavy, producing signs of functionality, which are impossible to discern, and whose meaning varies between architecture and art.

Humor, melancholy and a sense of loss are notions expressed by the artist through elemental forms and materials, referencing the work of key artists and architects in the history of art. By appropriating the series “Homage to the Square” by Josef Albers, Donald Judd’s “stacks”, or cutting out the figure of Yves Klein jumping to the void or Piero Manzoni signing the back of one his “living sculptures”, Dávila reflects on the definition of conceptual art that states that it is the content and not the form what gives importance and meaning to a work of art.



Architecture School, ITESO University, Guadalajara, Mexico

Sculpture, Fine Arts Academy of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Solo Exhibitions

Mecánica de lo inestable, Galería OMR, Mexico City, MX.
Jose Dávila, König Galeria, Chapel, Berlin, Germany.

Sense of Place, LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division) as part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, Los Angeles, USA.
The Stone That The Builder Refused, König Galerie, Berlin, Germany
Die Feder und der Elefant, Kunsthalle Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany.

BALTIC Artists’ Award 2017, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, UK.

Every Blind Wondering Ends in A Circle, Blueproject Foundation Barcelona Carrer de la Princesa, Spain.

Stones Don’t Move, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, US.

Jose Dávila: EL OBJETO Y EL ENTORNO, Museo Jumex, Mexico city, Mexico.

Public Sculpture Project, Comporta, PT.

The Elephant and the Feather, Marfa Contemporary, Marfa, US

Practical Structures, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA, US.

The Contracted Position, Impronta, Guadalajara, Mexico
There’s a Line Written On Every Corner, Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen.

Intervención al estudio de Los Carpinteros, Proyecto paralelo a la 12th Bienal de La Habana, La Habana, Cuba

Tectonic Acts of Desire and Doubt, Galería Travesía Cuatro, Madrid, Spain

Jose Dávila: The Lightness of Weight, Sean Kelly, New York, NY
Daylight Found Me With No Answer, Max Wigram Gallery, London, UK
State of Rest, OMR Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico.

Shadow as Rumour, Max Wigram Gallery, London, UK
Dass muss de Ort sein (This must be the place), Figge Von Rosen, Cologne

Art Public, Art Basel Miami Beach, Florida, USA
The Game of the Possible, Travesía Cuatro, Madrid, Spain
Árbol objeto de arte, Fondation D’Entreprise Hermès, México City, México
Praise to the shadow, Zapopan Museum of Art, Zapopan, México

Only the shadow knows, Demetria Gallery, Guadalajara, México
Only the shadow knows, Gentili Gallery, Florence, Italy
Nowhere can be now here, Figge Von Rosen, Berlin, Germany
Exterior Sculpture, LACMA, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Ningún dónde puede ser aquí, OMR Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico
Continuous Space, MARCO, Vigo, Spain

The Sierpinski Variable, Bloomberg Space, London, UK
2 + 2 + 5, Travesía cuatro, Madrid, Spain

Art Positions, Art Basel, Miami Beach, Florida, USA
Studies for future buildings. Renwick Gallery, New York, NY, USA

Space after space, Borgovico 33, Lake Como, Italy
Hechiso, Valenzuela Klenner Gallery, Bogotá, Colombia
X, y, z, MACO, México City, México

The World of Yesterday, El Eco Museum, Mexico City, Mexico
The Illegal Architecture, Galleria Studio Dabbeni, Lugano, Switzerland

Nomand Platform, Casa de América, Madrid, Spain
Never on Sunday, Galería Travesía 4, Madrid, Spain

Still Standing, Galería Enrique Guerrero, Mexico City, Mexico
Untitled elevation No. 2, Project Room, ARCO 04, Madrid, Spain
Untitled elevation No. 2, Les Halles, Valais, Switzerland

Erasing Memory, Galería Enrique Guerrero, Mexico City, Mexico

Temporality is a question of survival, Camden Arts Centre, London, UK

Watch your step, NAP, Guadalajara, Mexico.

Group Exhibitions

Lecturas de un territorio fracturado, Museo Amparo, Puebla, México.

Collected, Pier 24 Photography, San Francisco, United States

Perspectives 2. Artists in the Berla Collection, MACT/CACT, Bellinzona, Switzerland.

Sign o’ the Times, Philipp Von Rosen Galerie, Cologne, Germany.

The Queen Falls, Galería OMR, Mexico City, Mexico
No. 1, Salon Acme, Mexico City, Mexico.

Monumentos, Anti-monumentos y nueva escultura pública, Museo de arte de Zapopan (MAZ), Guadalajara, Mexico.

Sol Lewitt a tribute, The Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Netherlands.

Public sculpture, Frieze Sculture Park, Regents Park, London, UK.

Full Moon, Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar, Netherlands.
Exhibitions are the best excuses, show curated by Christian Jankowski at Michael Fuchs Galerie, Berlin, Germany.

Inside out, Galleri Nicolai Wallner. Copenhagen, Denmark.

¿Cómo te voy a olvidar?, Perrotin Galerie, Paris, France.

Cher(es) Ami(e)s. New presentation of the contemporary collections. Tribute to  donors, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France.

I was once lonelyness, Blain|Southern Galerie, Berlin, Germany.

Risk, Turner Contemporary, Kent, UK.
Bienal Do Mercosul, Porto Alegre, Brasil.

In Girum Imus Nocte et Consumimu Igni, Coleccióon Jumex, Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, Mexico.

Konkret mehr Rham! Kunsthalle Osnabrück, Felix-Nussbaum-Hauses and the Kultuergeschichtlichen Museums, Osnabrück, Germany.

La Ciudad. Sus Afectos, MUCA Roma, Mexico City, Mexico.

Carambolages, Gallerie Vallois, Paris, Fance.

Diane Van Deren, curated by Christian Silvia, Gabriela Mistral Gallery, Santiago de Chile, Chile.

2014 – 2015
Testigo del Siglo, Museo de Arte de Zapopan, Zapopan, México.

Do Objeto Para o Mundo, Colection INHOTIM, Palácio das Artes, Belo Horizone, Brasil

Limited Visibility, CAM Contemporary Art Museum, Raleigh, US
La Persistencia de la Geometría, MARCO Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, Mexico
Leviatán, MURA Museo Raúl Anguiano, Guadalajara, Mexico
El teatro del mundo, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico

Weight and Measure, Siegfried Contemporary, London, UK
IN/SITU, EXPO Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Trip and Traveling – Introduction, postcards from here, Klaipėda Culture Communication Center (KCCC), Klaipeda, Lithuania
La persistencia de la geometría, MUAC, Mexico City, Mexico
Bucareli Act: Un Mal Necesario, Colonia juárez, Mexico City, Mexico
No. 1, Salon Acme, Mexico City, Mexico.
Opinione Latina | 1, Galería Francesca Minini, Milan, Italy.
Now Here is also Nowhere: Part II, Stroum Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA

Art Public, Art Basel Miami Beach, Florida
Footnotes on Candida Hofer, OMR Gallery, México City, México
Misrepresentation Mistake, and Non-Disclosure, Rove Gallery, Hoxton Square, London, UK
New Meditations, Daniel Faria Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada
Ugly, Dirty and Bad, Espacio M, Mexico City, Mexico
Spectral Landscapes with Viewing Stations / Colorand Contemporary Art, Gallery 400, at the University of Illinois, Chicago, IL, USA
Rotary Connection, Casey Kaplan, New York, NY, USA

Envisioning Buildings: Reflecting Architecture in Contemporary Art Photography, MAK, Viena, Austria.
La persistencia de la geometría, CaixaForum, Madrid, Spain
The Space Between Now and Then, Galería OMR, Mexico City, Mexico
En obras. Teixeira Collection, TEA, Tenerife, Spain
Everything Must Go, Casey Kaplan Gallery, New York, NY, USA
We are all astronauts, Marta Herford Museum, Herford, Germany
Atardecer Ranchero, Travesía Cuatro, Madrid, Spain
Now, Museo Cabañas, Guadalajara, Mexico

Kirkergaard´s walk, Galería Marilia Razuk, Sao Paulo
La nueva Babilonia, MAZ, Zapopan, México
The architecture of Tatiana Bilbao, Mexican cultural institute, San Antonio, TX, USA
Transurbaniac, University Art Gallery, UC, San Diego, CA, USA
The white cabinet, Fundación Colección JUMEX, México City, México
30th Anniversary, Display 2, Studio Dabbeni, Lugano, Switzerland

Where do we go from here?, Bass Museum of Art, Miami, FL, USA
This is not an invitation it’s a presentation, el52, Mexico City, Mexico
Desenhos (Drawings): A – Z, Museu da Cidade, Lisboa, Portugal.
Zwischenzonen, MUMOK, Viena, Austria.
Prethunderdome, White Flags Project, St. Louis, NY, USA.
Getting Nowhere, Galeria Gentili, Florence, Italy.
Hecho en casa, Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, Mexico.
Panorama. Foreigners Everywhere, Museu do Arte Moderna, São Paulo, Brasil.

Posession, PETRa, México City, México
Whats my name?, HIST, Ghent, Belgium
An Unruly History of the Readymade, Fundación Colección JUMEX, México City, México
Per adesso noi siamo qua, Villa Romana, Florence, Italy
To build, to dwell, to think, IVAM, Valencia, Spain
Megastructures Reloaded, Mint, Berlin, Germany
Hasta el infinito y mas allá…, CAC, Sevilla Spain

Conversations, Travesía Gallery 4, Madrid, Spain
Yaq, La Planta, Guadalajara, México
The hyper-realism of sim, Charro negro, Guadalajara, Mexico.
Rio Balsas, Rio balsas 35, Mexico City, Mexico.
The People’s choice, Isola Art Center, Milan, Italy.
Deshecho, Casa del Lago, Mexico City, Mexico.

Domicile, Muse d’art moderne, Saint-Étienne, France.
II Bienal de Praga, Karlin Hall, Praga, Czech Republic.
Misunderstandings, GAM, Mexico City, Mexico.
Farsites, San Diego Art Museum, InSite 2005 San Diego, CA, USA.
Eco. Arte contemporáneo mexicano, Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain.

Oil. TPS, San Antonio, USA.
So Far So Close. America’s Society, New York, NY, USA.
Gridlock: Cities, Structures, Spaces, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, Taranaki, New Zealand.
Construction per une deconstruction, Galerie Valerie Cueto, Paris, France.
Light and Atmosphere, Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL, USA.
24/7 Projects retrospective, The bakery / Annet Gelink, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Cambio de Valores. Espai de Art contemporani, Castello, Spain.
Mexico’s contemporary, Allbright College Art Gallery, Reading, PA, USA.
In The Absence Of Recombination, Bronx River Art Center, New York, NY, USA.
Salón Bancomer, Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, Mexico.
Piel fría, Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City, Mexico.
Mex attacks, Fundazione Prometeo, Lucca, Italy.
Jetset, Museum of Installation, London, UK.

Fatamorgana, Galería Zero, Milan, Italy.
Interplay, The Moore Space, Miami, FL, USA; and , MAPR, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Anónimo, Centro de arte Santa Mónica, Barcelona, Spain.
Mexico DF: una exhibición sobre, PS1, New York, NY, USA; and Kunstwerke, Berlin, Germany.
Sauvage. La Panadería, Mexico City, Mexico.
Teoría del ocio, Fundación Colección JUMEX, Mexico City, Mexico.

Asamblee, Centro cultural de Mexico, Paris, France.
The Vanishing City, Programa Art Center, Mexico City, Mexico.
Recreo, Galería Enrique Guerrero, Mexico City, Mexico.
Cómo es que los autos no vuelan aún? Centro de las artes, Monterrey, Mexico.

Cuarto de demostraciones: Apex Art, New York, NY, USA; and NICC, Amberes, Belgium.
La casa ideal, Museo Alejandro Otero, Caracas, Venezuela.
Open Studio, Braziers Workshop, Oxfordshire, UK.
Un pedazo de la acción, Galería Emma Molina, Monterrey, Mexico.
Segundo Festival Internacional de Arte Sonoro, Casa-estudio Diego Rivera, Mexico City, Mexico.
Propulsión a chorro, Museo de las Artes, Guadalajara, Mexico.

Ciencias no naturales, Ex Teresa Arte Actual, Mexico City, Mexico.
Look Look. Espacio 16/16, Guadalajara, Mexico.
Televisión Incidental, Televicentro, Guadalajara, Mexico.
En la búsqueda de un lugar no conquistado, Ex Teresa Arte Actual, Mexico City, Mexico.

Fotografía Incidental, Squash Público, Canchas 7, 8 and 9, Guadalajara, Mexico.
Incidental, Torre Guadalajara, Expoarte 98, Guadalajara, Mexico.
Doméstica, Mar Egeo #1237, Guadalajara, Mexico.

Art Fairs and Biennials

Havana Biennale, Intervenction, Los Carpinteros’s studio, La Havana, Cuba

Untitled (The Space Beneath Us), Art Basel Miami Beach, Art Public, Temporary Contemporary, Bass Museum of Art, Miami, FL, USA.
ART RIO, solo project curated by Julieta González and Pablo León de la Barra. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

II Trienal de San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Art positions, Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami, FL, USA.

II Bienal de Praga, Karlin Hall, Prague, Czech Republic.

Bienal de Puerto Rico 02, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
III Bienal Iberoamericana de Arquitectura e Ingeniería Civil. Santiago de Chile, Chile.

Residencies and grants

Residency at Fundación Casa Wabi, Puerto Escondido, Mexico.

Residency at Hotel El Ganzo, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

Residency at École Cantonal d’art du Valais, Sierre, Switzerland
Residency at Kunstwerke, Berlin, Germany

Residency at Camden Arts Centre, London, UK, 2001 (sponsored by The Andy Warhol Foundation)
Grant Programa Nacional para Artistas Jóvenes, FONCA, Mexico

Residency at Braziers International workshop, Oxfordshire, UK


Albright-Knox Museum, Buffalo, NY, USA
Biedermann Museum, Donaueschingen, Germany
Boston Fidelity Investment Group, Boston, MA, USA
Coleçao Pereira, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Colección Coppel, Mexico
Collection Deutsche Bank, Germany
Coleccion DKV, Spain
Colección FEMSA, Monterrey, Mexico
Colección Fundación Rozemblum, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Collection Inhotim, Brumandinho, Brasil
Colección ICART, Miami, FL, USA
Collection Krauss, New York, USA
Collection Levinas, Washington DC, USA
Colección Luiz Augusto Teixeira da Freitas. Lisboa, Portugal
Collection Michael Lynne, New York, USA

Colección Patrick Charpenel, Guadalajara, Mexico
Comunidad de Madrid, Colección de Arte, Madrid, Spain
Coleccion Patricia Phelps de Cisneros
Fundacion/Colección JUMEX, Mexico City, Mexico
La Caixa Foundation, Madrid, Spain
MALBA, Buenos Aires Museum of Latin American Art
MUAC Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, Mexico
MUDAM, Musee D’art Moderne, Luxembourg
Museo Amparo, Puebla, Mexico
Reina Sofía, Museo Nacional de Arte, Madrid, Spain
Teixeria da Freitas, Lisbon, Portugal
Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK

Publications (selection)

Beith, Malcolm, “Mexico’s New Wave”, Newsweek International, May 26, 2003, USA, p. 84.
Biesenbach, Klaus and Patricia Martín, Mexico City: An Exhibiton about the Exchange Rates of Bodies and Values, Exhibition catalogue, P.S.1 – Kunstwerke, New York, 2002.
Bruni, Lorenzo, et. al., Domicile, Exhibition catalogue, Ed. D’art Somogy, Saint-Étienne, 2005.
Capada, Paola, “Assael, Caretto, Courbout, Dávila”, Arte e Crítica, No.33, Ene 2003, Roma, p. 46.
Currah, Mark, “Jose Dávila”, Time Out Magazine, No. 1626, Oct 17 2001, London, p. 62.
Gallo, Rubén, Cream 3, Ed. Phaidon, 2003.
Gallo, Rubén and Sacha Craddock, Jose Dávila, Temporality is a question of survival, Exhibition catalogue, Camden Arts Centre, London, 2001.
Macri, Teresa, Mexico Attacks! Exhibition catalogue, Associazione Prometeo per l’Arte   Contemporanea, Lucca, 2003.

Oliveria, Nicolás and Nicola Oaxley, Installation art in the new millenium, Ed. Thames & Hudson, 2004.
Power, Kevin and Osvaldo Sánchez, Eco, Exhibition catalogue, CONACULTA and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, 2005.
Richter, Markus and Sabrina van der Lay, Megastructures-Reloaded, Exhibition catalogue, Ed. Hatje Cantz, Berlin, 2008.
Rivero Lake, Francisca, “Jose Davila”, Art Nexus Magazine, No.46, Oct-Dec. 2002, USA, p. 140.
Santoscoy, Paola, “Jose Dávila”, Revista Código 06140, No. 22, Ago 2004, Mexico, p. 42.
Scotini, Marco, II Prague Biennale, Exhibition catalogue, Prague, 2005.

Smith, Dan, “Jose Dávila”, Art Monthly Magazine, No. 251, Nov 2001, London, p. 33.
Artes plásticas en Casa de América, Catálogo anual de exhibiciones, Ed. Ateneo Romano, Madrid, 2006.
Cambio de Valores, Colección ARCO, Exhibition catalogue, EACC, Castelló, 2003.
Frieze Art Fair Yearbook 2004-5, JM. Frieze publication, 2004.
Interplay, Exhibition catalogue, Moore Space. Miami, 2002.
Piel Fría, Exhibition catalogue, Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico, 2003.