Jaime Gili Exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery

Jaime Gili


Acrylic on canvas

230 x 268 cm

Jaime Gili’s paintings combine the austerity of geometric design with the confidence and authenticity of painterly gesture. Presented in a cluster, his paintings are often not hung, but leant against the wall, creating a temporal architecture that suggests the transience and development of urban space. Executed in vibrant colours, Gili’s large-scale canvases capitalise on their visual power to motivate and allure. Bold splinters of pitch black, copper metallic, or tainted pink pierce through grounds animated with drips, smudges, and impassioned swipes. His paintings are fields of raw, potent energy.

Jaime Gili


Acrylic on canvas

268 x 230 cm

Originally from Venezuela, Gili works from a distinctly South American perspective. Influenced by the sharp geometric angles of 20th century architecture and the sleek elegance of classic automotive detailing, Gili’s paintings disengage the international archetypes of modernism: reflecting instead a localised adaptation of style, where design and its social implications have been internalised and customised to represent a unique national and political identity and cultural heritage. Citing his country’s rapid oil-rich economic growth and intensive South American visionary developments such as Caracas and Brasilia, Gili’s paintings address this utopian new world optimism and its inherent failure.

Jaime Gili


Acrylic on canvas

235 x 122 cm

Gili’s canvases are nostalgic for the positivism of the modernist era, where the architectural development of public space and consumer appetite for mechanical goods aroused and affirmed a sense of social buoyancy and community. Gili’s paintings are inspired by the Constructivists’ ideas of bridging art and technology and his shard-like compositions are reminiscent of early 20th century Russian artists such as Ljubov Popova and Mikhail Larionov; his works also pay homage to great South American abstractionists such as Carlos Cruz-Diez, Jesus Rafael Soto and Alejandro Otero.

Other artists in

Caroline Achaintre    Tasha Amini    Hurvin Anderson    Maurizio Anzeri    Jonathan Baldock    Anna Barriball    Steve Bishop    Karla Black    Lyn. Yiadom Boakye    Pablo Bronstein    Alan Brooks    Peter Linde Busk    Carla Busuttil    Nicholas Byrne    Gareth Cadwallader    Juliana Cerqueira Leite    Spartacus Chetwynd    Steven Claydon    Clarisse d'Arcimoles    William Daniels    Matthew Darbyshire    Graham Durward    Tim Ellis    Tom Ellis    Richard Evans    Tessa Farmer    Marcus Foster    Robert Fry    Ximena Garrido-Lecca    Jaime Gili    Nick Goss    Luke Gottelier    Kate Groobey    Anthea Hamilton    Anne Hardy    Gabriel Hartley    Nicholas Hatfull    Iain Hetherington    Alexander Hoda    Sigrid Holmwood    James Howard    Graham Hudson    Dean Hughes    Des Hughes    Mustafa Hulusi    Paul Johnson    Edward Kay    Idris Khan    Scott King    Ansel Krut    littlewhitehead    Christina Mackie    Alastair Mackinven    Goshka Macuga    Ryan Mosley    Rupert Norfolk    Arif Ozakca    Mark Pearson    Dan Perfect    Peter Peri    Olivia Plender    Henrijs Preiss    Ged Quinn    Clunie Reid    Barry Reigate    Luke Rudolf    Maaike Schoorel    Daniel Silver    David Brian Smith    Renee So    Fergal Stapleton    Clare Stephenson    Systems House    Caragh Thuring    Phoebe Unwin    Donald Urquhart    Jonathan Wateridge    John Wynne    Toby Ziegler

Jaime Gili's Biography

Jaime Gili
Born 1972 in Caracas, Venezuela
Lives and works in London


PhD. University of Barcelona

1996 - 1998
MA Royal College of art, London


Solo show, Kunsthalle Winterthur, Winterthur, (CH)
COMMA04, BloombergSPACE, London

Superestrellas, Riflemaker LONDON

Jaime Gili - Superstars, Buia Gallery NEW YORK

Jaime Gili makes things triangular at riflemaker ‚Äď LONDON


Coalesce Happenstance, Smart AMSTERDAM (NL)
Everything is Borrowed, Alejandra von Hartz Gallery. Miami (US)

John Moores 25' Liverpool Biennial. Walker Art Gallery. LIVERPOOL (UK)
Coda, Oficina #1. Periférico Caracas. CARACAS
XI salón jóvenes con FIA, Curated by Lorena González. Corpbanca. CARACAS
The expanded painting show, (Curated by Paco Barrag√°n). Space Other, BOSTON (US)
Holiday!, Buia Gallery NEW YORK (US)

6a bienal do mercosul - tres fronteiras, (Curated by Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro and Ticio Escobar) Porto Alegre (BR)(catalogue)
jump cuts - coleccion banco mercantil, Cifo MIAMI (US) (catalogue)
The expanded painting show, (Curated by Paco Barrag√°n), Mash, MIAMI (US)
Bogot√° Tipos M√≥viles, (Curated by JG and Luis Romero) Universidad de Los Andes. BOGOT√Ā (CO)
Indica, Nyehaus Gallery NEW YORK (catalogue)

don't trust, (Curated by Luis Romero and Suwon Lee) University of California. LOS ANGELES (US)(catalogue)
Riflemaker becomes INDICA, riflemaker, LONDON (catalogue)
Las tres Calaveras, Periférico Caracas, Espacio 0, CARACAS (catalogue)
Dibujo, Galería Fernando Zubillaga. CARACAS
I Premio de Pintura ESPAI, d’art contemporani de CASTELLO (E)/ Centro Municipal de las Artes de Alcorcón MADRID (E) (catalogue)
Villa jelmini ‚Äď the complex of respect, (curated by philippe pirotte). kunsthalle BERN CH (catalogue)

coalesce: the Remix, (R)edux - LONDON
screen, trial building- design district, MIAMI
tipos moviles, with luis romero, sala mendoza CARACAS
tipos moviles, with luis romero, 39 gallery LONDON
utilisation transitoire, with Budget Bureau Centre d'Art Contemporain - GEN√ČVE (CH)
IDEA London, (with Bob and Roberta Smith and LCCA), ICA, LONDON (catalogue)
redifining maps and locations, firstsite. COLCHESTER (UK)
nineteenthirtysix, (Curated by JG) - International Style - LONDON (catalogue)

Expander, Curated by Mustafa Hulusi. Royal Academy - LONDON (catalogue)
PR'04 tribute to the messenger, m&m proyectos - PUERTO RICO (catalogue)
Coalesce: with all due intent, (Curated by Paul O'Neill) model arts and Niland Gallery SLIGO (IR)