Residency period: November 2012 to January 2013
Christian Curiel’s figurative paintings,works on paper, and sculpture explore self-identity through latent memories of youth and maintain a central focus on self-discovery, relationships and, belonging. Through meta-surrealist depictions, Curiel uses various signifiers for illustrating the complexities of being and the xorrelation between self-identity and socio-psychological integration. Curiel makes a daring and aesthetic statement by presenting highly imaginative yet semi-autobiographical works that are at once detached yet eerily familiar. The figures are somewhat tragic but coming of age and in transition. The result is a shared experience in which his self-examination creates nostalgic paintings that explore the permanent nature of both identity and narrative through the use of storytelling. Our memories have a formative say in how we develop and his images open up the possibility of interpretation. Curiel recognizes that dreams remain a source of his art and that art itself is another form of dreaming.
Christian Curiel received an MFA from Yale School of Art in 2005. His works are in the collections of La Fondation Cartier pour L’art Contemporain, Paris; Frost Art Museum, Florida International Univeristy, Miami; Art in Embassies Program, United States Embassy, Brasilia; The Dean Valentine Collection, Los Angeles; Hort Family Collection, New York; Jean-Pierre Lehmann Collection, New York.