Joaquin Trujillo

Tu Y Yo  Flores

An artist, curator, editor and the youngest of eleven siblings, Joaquin Trujillo was raised in a small town on the outskirts of Zacatecas Mexico. His determination manifested itself at the early age of 12 when he left his home for Los Angeles. There he lived with his brothers in a one-bedroom apartment. He remembers his first trip home after months of living in LA. Riding in the back of the pickup on the dirt road to his parents’ ranch, the landscape was clouded by dust being kicked up from the truck’s oversized wheels. As they neared the front porch his father’s face appeared through the dissipating sediment. He was older. Traveling back and forth from LA to Mexico became Joaquin’s way of life—a way of nomadic stability. With one bag still packed, he now calls Brooklyn home. His commercial practice continues to lead him all over the world. These consistent breaks of time and space are sewn into the fabrics of his work and influences. While many artists step behind the lens to capture a moment, Joaquin uses the camera to reconstruct the past—to fill in the gaps. He imports a body of work and a worldview inflected with a freshness of vision and technique. His potent yet subtle approach to color and texture emulates a structured slippage of heritage. Building upon the dichotomy of his Mexican heritage and American education, he weaves together an uncanny modality of childhood innocence across culture, place and time. Bio by
 Michi Jigarjian

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Los Niños  “When I was a child being raised in Mexico, I recall my mother preparing the family for the all-important family portraits. it was an elaborate affair, where everyone looked their best in specially-chosen clothes and well-groomed hair. These photographs were declarations of our family pride and self-worth. My subjects are mostly nieces and nephews, so before each shoot I continue my family tradition of reminding each one of their beauty and integrity and inspiring them to focus on their feelings of self-worth and dignity. Individually, each of the los Niño’s portraits acts as a visual testament to the potential and ambitious intentions of the young subject. As a series, los Niño’s offers a striking and elegant portrayal of culture that cherishes not only the modern values of beauty, grace and style, but also the more classical and romantic ideals of dignity and valor.” Joaquin Trujillo

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Flores “Flowers are really important in my mother’s and sisters’ homes—not just on birthdays and anniversaries, but everyday and year round—on their patios and throughout their houses. They all have their favorite color, aroma, shape and name, “un clavel o una rosa para la mujer hermosa”. The flowers are the representation of the love and support they have given me. My arrangements represent what I have consciously and unconsciously obtained from them as well as what has made me the man  I am today.” Joaquin Trujillo

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Joaquin Trujillo

1976, Los Angeles, California

EXHIBITIONS

2014 Men Y Men / New Art Projects, London, May 29 - July 20, 2014
2013 Summer Magic Curated by Shelly De Soto at Aran Cravey Gallery July 13 – August 25
2013 Yo Como Te Recuerdo / Christopher Henery Gallery, NY May 9 June 23, 2013
2010 Lazos de Sangre / Bloodlines, Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard, CA, Sep11, November 21
2010 Quince Quinceañeras, Colette, Paris France, August 2,2010 – August 28, 2010
2010 Photo and Phantasy, City Of Beverly Hills Gallery, May 20, 2010- July 9,2010
2009 Homesick, Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard, California, December 12, February 21, 2010
2008 Photos & Phantasy, Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard, California, March 8 May 18,
2008 Made in California, Frederick R. Weisman Museum at Pepperdine, CA Aug 25 Dec16,
2007 Mars on Earth, Galleri Urbane, Marfa, Texas, July 7 – August 7, 2007
2007 Nuevo Arte: Colección Tequila Don Julio, LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions), Jun13 - Aug 19, 2007
2007 Mars on Earth / De Soto, Los Angeles, February 3 – March 31, 2007
2006 Best In Show / De Soto, Los Angeles, April 1 – May 28, 2006
2005 Hot Cakes / De Soto, Los Angeles, September 17 – November 2, 2005

FAIRS

2014 Art MIAMI 2014 Dec 4 – 9 Miami FL,
2013 artMRKT 2013 July 11 – 14 Hamptons NY
2009 Paris Photo 2009 November 14th – 17th Paris France
2008 Photo LA 2008, January 11 –13, Santa Monica, CA
2007 Paris Photo 2003 November 14th – 17th Paris France
2007 Art LA 2007, January 25 - 28, Santa Monica, CA
2007 Photo LA 2007, January 18 - 21, Santa Monica, CA
2007 LA ART IN NYC March 7 – 10th New York NY
2006 ART LA 2006, January 26 - 29, Santa Monica, CA
2006 Photo New York, March 10 - 13, New York, NY
2005 LA ART IN NYC March 7 – 10th New York NY
2005 ART LA 2006, January 27 - 30, Santa Monica, CA
2005 ART MIAMI 2005, December 4 – 9 Miami FL,
2004 Paris Photo 2004 November 14th – 17th Paris France
2003 Paris Photo 2003 November 14th – 17th Paris France

COLLECTIONS

Amon Carter Museum of American Art Fort Worth, TX
SFMOMA Photography Collection
The Weisman Foundation
The William Benton Museum of Art, Storrs, Connecticut
The Capitol Group
The Adams Foundation
The M. Alverez Foundation

GRANTS & AWARDS

2007 Aperture West Book Prize Nominee
2006 Don Julio's Mexico's Nuevo Edge Award
2006 Selected artists by American Illustration & Photograp
2005 El Heraldo New Contemporary Artists Distinctio

Publications

2012 GUP #32 Mexico Issue – Los Niños
2013 Color American Photography Transformed

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