Overview

Bosco Sodi was born in Mexico City, in 1970. After studying painting, he received his first honorary mention in occasion of the International Competition IFE in Mexico City, at 30 years old. In 2004, Sodi was selected for the Paining Honda award and in 2007 he won the artist-in-residency award at the Tokyo Wonder Site. Known for his large scale, highly structured and vividly colored paintings, Sodi researches his emotional power in the essentiality of the materials he uses to execute his works. By concentrating on material exploration, on creative gestures and on the spiritual connection between the artist and his work, Sodi tries to transcend conceptual barriers. He chooses not to title many of his paintings, with the intent of removing any predisposition, or connection, beyond the immediate existence of the work. The artwork itself becomes a memory and a symbolic relic of the conversation between the artist and the material that led to the painting’s creation. Sodi’s influences range from Art informel, studying artists such as Antoni Tàpies and Jean Dubuffet, to colorist masters like Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, and the brilliant tonalities of his native heritage. His solo shows have been hosted at numerous galleries, including the Axel Vervoordt Gallery (Hong Kong and Antwerp), the Kasmin Gallery (New York), SCAI The Bathouse (Tokyo), Galerie Eigen + Art (Leipzig and Berlin), the Luciana Brito Gallery (São Paulo) and the Pace Gallery (London and New York). Sodi has exhibited his work internationally and throughout the United States. His works are in significant public and private collections including: Nasher Sculpture Center (Dallas), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), The Phillips Collection (Washington D.C), Harvard Art Museums (Boston), JUMEX Collection (México), Museum Voorlinden (Netherlands), Vitra Museum (Switzerland), Contemporary Art Foundation (Japan), Museum of Contemporary Art (Belgium), The National Gallery of Victoria (Australia) and the De la Cruz Collection (Puerto Rico). Notable exhibitions include: Topographies, Mexican Cultural Institute, Washington D.C. (2019); Del Fuego, Museum of Visual Arts (MAVI), Santiago (2018); Por los siglos de los siglos, Museo Nacional de Arte, México City (2017); ELEMENTAL, Museo Anahuacalli, México City (2017); Museum of Stones, The Noguchi Museum, New York (2015); Croacia, Institut Valencià d’Art Modern (IVAM), Valencia; and Pangea, Bronx Museum, New York (2010). This fall, Sodi is the subject of Ergo Sum, an exhibition at Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga in Spain. Sodi is also the founder of Fundación Casa Wabi, an art center in Oaxaca (México) dedicated to promoting the exchange of ideas between international artists of different disciplines. Designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando, the foundation also develops opportunities for art education with local communities.

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