Allan Villavicencio


Lives and works in Mexico City, Mexico.

Allan Villavicencio thinks of the pictorial process as metabolism in constant transformation, one that he develops through paintings and mixed media assemblages. His body of work challenges the every day to generate new narratives of perception. This contextualizes the pretext to seek the visible in unfolded perspectives and to interrogate the virtuality of the spaces we live in. By virtuality, Villavicencio means the imaginary visual scenarios we create when we pay attention to our surroundings, that can take place in small cracks, hidden creases and subtle shadows etc.

His practice is multidimensional, exploring various mediums including painting, drawing, collage, three-dimensional structures, installations and writing. It develops at the intersection of perception theories, the architecture topologies within the city landscapes, and the relationship between the clothing, the bodies and the objects that inhabit both the private and public spaces. Allan Villavicencio endows them with expansive and emotional qualities, creating "residual landscapes". In this sense, his pieces reveal ecosystems of material, form, and texture, that highlight how the fragmentary nature of the works makes up the whole.

Allan Villavicencio was awarded the Honorary Distinction for the XVIII Rufino Tamayo Painting Biennial in 2018 (Museo Tamayo, Mexico City) and is a three-time recipient of the Mexican National Fund for Culture and the Arts (FONCA). He has completed several residencies including Cité des Arts (Paris, FR) and Casa Wabi (Costa Chica, MX). His work has been exhibited in institutions in Mexico such as Museo Tamayo, Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Sonora, among others.