Born in 1961 in Buenos Aires, where he continues to live and work, Argentine artist Guillermo Kuitca’s distinctive cubistoid style masterfully reconciles abstraction with an illusionist form of figuration. Informed by the worlds of architecture, music, theater and cartography, Kuitca’s paintings seek to incite the potential for a theatrical experience. Shifting from gestural mark making to linear precision, and incorporating diverse motifs – spanning fragmented geographical maps and architectural plans – Kuitca’s work mines varied aesthetic styles and histories.
Kuitca first entered Argentina’s art scene at the young age of 13 with a solo exhibition at the Galeria Lirolay in Buenos Aires. Kuitca’s work has come to international renown through exhibitions including ‘Projects’ at The Museum of Modern Art in New York (1991); his participation in Documenta IX in Kassel (1992); and his representation of Argentina at the 2007 Venice Biennale. His status as one of Argentina’s leading artist has been further confirmed by shows at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London (1995); the Center for Fine Arts in Miami (1993) and The Arts Club of Chicago (1999). Kuitca’s most recent solo exhibition venues include the Kunsthaus Centre d’art Pasquart (2017) and Hauser & Wirth in London (2016). In 2017, Kuitca conceived and curated the show, ‘Les Visitants’, for the Fondation Cartier in Paris.
Today, his work is represented in some of the most distinguished collections across three continents, including the Art Institute of Chicago; Albright-Knox Art Gallery; Dallas Museum of Art; Daros Latinamerica Collection, Zurich; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Fundació La Caixa, Barcelona; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; MALBA – Colección Costantini, Buenos Aires; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum Voorlinden, Netherlands; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Tate, London; and Walker Art Center. Kuitca had his first solo exhibition at Sperone Westwater in 1993, where he continues to exhibit regularly (1994, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2005, 2010 and 2014).