Mexico City, 1985
Lives and works in Rotterdam, NL
Luis Xertu moved from Mexico to the Netherlands in 2004 and graduated from the Rietveld Academy in 2009. He further developed his visual language working within the performing arts, where he set pieces that experimented with the mediums of theater and dance. These scenic artworks have been shown at the Dutch pavilion in Venice for the Carnevale dei Ragazzi and Museum Boijmans van Beuningen.
Xertu’s art combines the analogue and the digital, photographing and painting models, using Photoshop to decide on compositions, and meticulously collaging plants directly onto the canvas to create large-scale paintings with stark compositions. Drawing from mythological and historical references, he explores themes of time and ageing, incorporating the decay of real plants as elements of transformation, which can take several years to happen.
Xertu was nominated for the Dutch Royal Award for Modern Painting 2019 and was awarded the Audience Award. ‘In nature nobody would care for you either’ is his second exhibition at TORCH Gallery, Amsterdam.
2023 – (upcoming) TORCH Gallery Amsterdam, NL - Solo show
2022 – Fragments Gallery New York City, USA - Group show
2022 – BRUTUS Rotterdam, NL - Group show
2022 – Galerie Du Monde Hong Kong, HK - Group show
2021 – MOYA Museum of Young Art Oosterhout, NL - Group show
2021 – Art Rotterdam, NL - Duo presentation
2020 – Tropicana / Pottage Foundation Rotterdam, NL - Group show
2020 – TORCH Gallery Amsterdam, NL - Solo show
2019 – Royal Palace Amsterdam, NL - Group show
2019 – WTC Rotterdam Gallery, NL - Group show
2018 – Gloss Gallery Tel Aviv, IL - Solo show
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