La Portola

La Portola

Juan Javier Salazar, Peruvian artist, 1955-2016
Born: Lima, Peru
Work Locations: Lima, Peru
Lima, Peru
Glazed ceramic
Gift of Natalia Majluf in honor of Jorge Rivas

Juan Javier Salazar, La Portola, 2016. Glazed ceramic; 7 × 4 × 7 in. Gift of Natalia Majluf in honor of Jorge Rivas, 2016.302. © Estate of Juan Javier Salazar.

This object is currently on view
height: 7 in, 17.7800 cm; width: 4 in, 10.1600 cm; depth: 7 in, 17.7800 cm
Mayer Center, Latin American Art
Latin American Contemporary Art

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

Known Provenance
Gifted to the Denver Art Museum by Natalia Majluf in 2016.
Exhibition History
  • “ReVision: Art in the Americas” — Denver Art Museum, 10/24/2021 – 7/17/2022