- Juan Javier Salazar, Peruvian artist, 1955-2016
- Born: Lima, Peru
- Work Locations: Lima, Peru
Juan Javier Salazar, La Portola, 2016. Glazed ceramic; 7 x 4 x 7 in. Denver Art Museum: Gift of Natalia Majluf in honor of Jorge Rivas, 2016.302. © Estate of Juan Javier Salazar
Juan Javier Salazar (Lima, 1955-2016) is a conceptual and visual artist that lives and works in Lima, Peru. Salazar employs diverse media which often includes the manufacture of ready-made or handmade utilitarian objects that often reference ancient artifacts and recall the rich material cultures of pre-Columbian Peru, such as this vessel inspired by Moche “horseshoe” pottery. Salazar’s handmade objects frequently question, with irony and sarcasm, a wide range of social and political issues including views of national identity, urban life practices in poor urban areas, especially recycling and upcycling, notions of place and history, and the nature and circulation of objects in contemporary Peru.
--Jorge Rivas Pérez, 2016
- “ReVision: Art in the Americas” — Denver Art Museum, 2/16/2020 – 11/8/2020