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Jaime Gili

Featured in Stratum May 2009

Jaime Gili is a Venezuelan artist who currently resides in London. As a painter, Gili is highly influenced by Op art, Futurism, Rayonnism, and styles that convey highly charged color and motion. As a child he continually absorbed the graffiti and public art of Caracas including pieces by Carlos Cruz-Díez. The presence, freshness, and vibrancy of public art seems to have been inspirational. His work has since attached itself to the windows of the BloombergSpace building in London, the helmets of border crossing motorists in South America, and now the highly anticipated, massive public art undertaking, the painting of the 16 Sprague energy tanks in South Portland. Gili created the winning tank design in the Art All Around™ international design competition sponsored by the Maine Center for Creativity. His designs will be applied to the tanks throughout 2009 and 2010. Highly affected by city environments and the tradition of urban public art in South America, Gili's optical designs for the tanks are meant to be seen from the road, the sky, and on Google Earth.

Gili has been profiled by Artforum and various other publications. He is also a frequently contributing art reviewer and essayist for the publication LAPIZ. He is represented by the gallery Riflemaker in London and will be included in the Saatchi Gallery-mounted exhibition Newspeak: British Art Now, on view at the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, beginning October 2009.


Jaime Gili, <i>Barbara</i>, 2007, acrylic on canvas
Jaime Gili, Barbara, 2007, acrylic on canvas

Jaime Gili, <i>Eichner</i>, 2007, acrylic on canvas
Jaime Gili, Eichner, 2007, acrylic on canvas

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