Teo González

b. 1964 in Zaragoza, Spain; lives in Brooklyn, New York

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For decades, Teo González has relied on the grid to serve as the foundation for all of his work, building layers of carefully plotted individual cells which are then filled with drops of color. The end result is a topography of undulating patterns and glistening surfaces, a signature painting style he developed in 1990.

“One of the principal objectives in doing this work is to avoid, as far as possible, the burden of creativity,” he says. “To do so, I select to work with geometric arrangements, the rigidity of the straight line, pre-established measurements.”

During his 2002 residency at Tamarind, González applied his painterly sensibilities to lithography, creating two detailed prints that highlight his fascination with the grid.

González actively exhibits in galleries throughout the U.S. and his work is in the collections of the Achenbach Foundation, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, CA; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; and more.

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