Julio Galan

Muzquiz, Coahuila, 1959 - Zacatecas, 2006



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About


The art of Julio Galan is developed like in a perpetual ceremony or a dance of costumes. His main character, him self, constantly appears transvestite, masked, hidden among blots, makeup, inscriptions, and cracks. In the artistic proposal of Julio Galan, we found, as in few others, that permanent attitude of risk, the possibility of risking all for nothing as a result of an inner need, his resistance to fold his vision to any type of authority. Sensuality and passion are determining factors in his work. His dedication is undeniable. Does not allow any order or decree governing his work, not flattering. It could hardly happen, because his painting arises almost in pure state from the irrational area in the unconsciousness, that unique territory, as Dorfles has stated, has fortunately remained free of the machine intervention, of the official control, of the market abomination. Giving in to these powers has paralyzed to many artists, they have been impeded to express fully, they have been neutralized, distorted and sometimes destroyed. Julio Galan sensed that the world we see, this one in which we move, has become a mask of the world. Through perfectly genuine images, reminiscences, fears and desires, harassment and snares, guided by a graspable and elusive Eros, the painter tries to rescue that which still appears in this mock world salvageable, turn it "real,” it means, transform it into painting: The chaos introduced by Julio Galan in his paintings becomes form. (By Sergio Pitol,in Julio Galan Exposicion Retrospectiva, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey)

Four critics restart the dialogue with a painting that is covered, just as Julio Galan confesses, with the veil of disguise. The Mexican writer Sergio Pitol establishes a parity between the masking of Galan and the prehispanic figure of Xipetotec, which is covered with the skin of another person. Beneath the mask, Pitol finds a face that is identical to the mask that covered. Meanwhile, Jerry Saltz studies alienage in Julio Galan: a painter who only belongs to his environment as a foreign entity, and not part of the mainstream of painting in North America could eventually alter or save it. The critic, Eleanor Heartney, speaks of the bitter fruit that Julio Galan makes us try, a fruit that appeals but whose aftertaste plunges us into dark depths. The critic, Eleanor Heartney, speaks of the bitter fruit that Julio Galan makes us try, a fruit that appeals but whose aftertaste plunges us into dark depths. Heartney reveals the possible link between Julio Galan art and el symbolism, and stresses the similarity with the search of the Belgian painter Ferdinand Khnopff. Finally, Jurrie Poot draws a parallel between Julio Galan and novelist Marcel Proust, both obsessed with childhood, adolescence, love and autobiography. (By Fernando Treviño Lozano Jr., in Julio Galan Exposicion Retrospectiva, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey)

 

Main Solo Exhibitions

 

1980 "Julio Galan", Galeria Arte Actual Mexicano, Monterrey

1982 "Julio Galan", Galeria Arte Actual Mexicano, Monterrey

1983 "Julio Galan", Galeria Arvil, Mexico City

1984 "Julio Galan", Galeria Arte Actual Mexicano, Monterrey

1984 "Julio Galan", Galeria Clave, Guadalajara, Jalisco

1985 "Julio Galan", Consulado Mexicano, Nueva York, N.Y.

1985 "Julio Galan", Art Mart Gallery, Nueva York, N.Y.

1986 "Julio Galan", Galerie Barbara Farber, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1986 "Julio Galan", Paige Powel Edit Daak, Soho, Nueva York, N.Y.

1987 "Julio Galan", Museo de Monterrey, Monterrey N.L., Mexico

1987 "Julio Galan", Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City

1987 "Julio Galan", Museo Regional de Guadalajara

1989 "Julio Galan", Annina Nosei Gallery, New York, N.Y.

1990 "Julio Galan", Witte de With, Rotterdam, Holand

1990 "Julio Galan", Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City

1990 "Julio Galan", Gian Enzo Sperone Gallery, Rome, Italy

1992 "Julio Galan", Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Holand

1993 "Julio Galan", National Gallery Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh PA, USA

1994 "Julio Galan", Center for the Fine Arts, Miami Florida

1994 "Julio Galan, Exposicion retrospectiva", Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City

1994 "Julio Galan", Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey, Monterrey N.L.

1994 "Julio Galan", Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, Texas

1995 "Julio Galan", Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France.

2016 "Julio Galán: 10 años", Sala de Exposiciones del Centro de las Artes, Nave 2, Parque Fundidora, Monterrey, N. L.