The Caribbee Club:
Juan Henriquez; Versión del codo
August 23rd, 2021 – November 18th, 2021
Frank Lynn Gallery
Image: Juan Henriquez. Versión del codo, 2018
This exhibition gathers a selection of paintings by local contemporary artist Juan Henriquez. In the works, the organic, energetic strokes of a rich palette and loose compositions contrast with the titles, made up of very concise phrases, often imbued with humor. As mini stories, they open a window to the artist’s universe of references and widen the spectrum of associations in the mind of the viewer. Henriquez says: “The sequence of actions in the work’s execution is a string that holds itself together. Spots and strokes are shaped and coupled, creating a gestural and visceral narrative of my daily life and my immediate pleasure. Color adds sound and creates graphical situations in which I immerse myself expecting a more narrative than aesthetic result.“
Born in Maracaibo, Venezuela (1980), Juan Henriquez began his art studies in 1995 at the Julio Árraga Art School and later at the Neptalí Rincón Superior Art Academy, Maracaibo. He attended workshops on experimentation in graphic arts, art restoration, photography, cultural promotion, acting, and art direction for film. He was a co-founding member of La Tintota Art Collective, developing public art projects, art labs, and group exhibitions with the support and mentorship of art teachers José Ramón Sánchez and Víctor Fuenmayor. His work has been exhibited in Belgium, Romania, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Peru, the Dutch Caribbean, and the United States. In 2002, he received the “Young Artist” award at the 27th National Art Salon of Aragua, Maracay, Venezuela. Henriquez has lived and worked in Miami, Florida since 2006.
*The name Caribbee Club derives from Coral Gables’ founder, George Merrick’s fishing resort called the Caribbee Colony, in Matecumbe Key – the business venture he launched after he was forced out of his beloved city in the late 1920s. This project aims at supporting the artistic vision of our local creatives who keep alive important cultural elements of the city and its surroundings; one of the Museum’s main priorities. Local artists working with local themes are usually on display at the Frank Lynn Gallery for three months.