Juan Carlos Noria Biography & Works

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Name: Juan Carlos Noria
Country: Spain
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Juan Carlos Noria
A confluence of cultures and contradictions, Juan Carlos Noria is a painter for our times. Born in Caracas, Venezuela he carries his Latin American sensibility on his sleeve. As a teen growing up in Ottawa, Canada, he became an accomplished figure skater. Grace and lines were an obsession. So, too were his ideas of subversion. He fell out of skating after hitting the rigid class structure of the sport, finding comfort (and discomfort) in visual art, on the streets with a paint can, postering, skateboarding, fleeing police. A strange opportunity then came. A world tour with Disney on Ice. It heightened his sense of absurdity, humour and anger, sharpened his visual and social awareness. Arriving back in Ottawa, he hung up the skates and his career took flight with live painting performances. So proficient from his days of graffiti, he quickly earned a reputation for highly resolved canvases produced in front of appreciative crowds. Through these events in various venues, Juan Carlos also ensured a showcase for other young Ottawa artists, raising the bar and pushing them to achieve with him. It was 2001-2002.

Meanwhile, the tide of CNNesque culture rose in North America. Juan, always with an eye on pop culture and current events, found himself painting with increasing anger. He needed to change the channel. In November 2004, he moved to Spain to find tranquilo, a new view of the world and new audiences. Since his move, he has evolved, focused and become more prolific, with exhibits in Spain, the United States and Canada.

True to subversive nature, he undercuts his own personality allowing himself to explore two other personas and visual styles. He sometimes works under the pseudonyms of ROYAL or DIXON. He has been influenced by his contemporaries Mark Masters, Pat Thompson and Dave Cooper. Yet, he is himself-singular Juan. He is without pretense, full of concern for others, quick to laugh and quicker to paint something ripe.

Select Group Exhibitions:
– “Creença”, Axel Void project at Konvent Zero, Cal Rosal, Barcelona, 2018
– “Part and Parcel 2” tandem show with Dom Laporte, The JuncYards 310, Toronto, 2017
– “L’expo Rébus”, Marseille, 2017;
– “Part and Parcel” tandem show with Dom Laporte, Patrick Gordon, Ottawa, 2016;
– “Momento Mori”, Station 16, Montreal, 2014;
– “Nested Hearbeats”, Robert Kananaj Gallery, Toronto, 2013;
– “Pure Evil Gallery”, London, 2010;
– “These Days Gallery”, Perth, 2010;
– “Conquistadores”, Strychnin Gallery, Berlin, 2010;
– “As if by Magic”, Neurotitan Gallery, Berlin, 2010;
– “Atticus BCN Gallery”, Barcelona, 2008;
– “Remastered”, DDR Project Gallery, Long Beach, 2008;
– “Buildup”, Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, 2008;
– “BAC Babylon”, All Things Fat at the CCCB, Barcelona 2008;
– “Carmichael Gallery”, West Hollywood, 2007;
– “Too sweet and seldon seen”, Kismet Gallery, Troy, NewYork, 2007;
– “Canada VS Spain”, INOPERAbLE Gallery, Vienna, 2007;
– “Other, Saddo, Dixon”, ZERO Gallery, Berlin, 2007;
– “Inoxidable Neopop”, Iguapop Gallery, Barcelona, 2007;
– “EnRiosTurbulentos”, Distrit Quinto, Barcelona, 2006;
– “Street Camp”, Yves Laroche L’autre Gallery, Montreal, 2006;
– WAR CHILD and ARABESQUE, “freedom fighters”, El Mocambo, Toronto, 2006;
– “Hinterland Who’s Who”, Fifty24SF Gallery, San Francisco, 2005;
– “Metal Pig”, Orchard Street Gallery, New York, 2005;
– “Contrapeso”, ADN Galleria, Barcelona, 2005;
– “Opposition Party,” SAW Gallery, Ottawa, 2004;
– “Hype 3,” Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, 2002;
– “Beatz and Piecez,” 3 Shows, 2002-2003;
– “H.Y.P.E. 2,” A.G.O. Toronto, Feb. 2002;
– “Visual Funk,” Toronto, May 2002;
– “Dropping Bombs,” Gallery 101, Ottawa, Aug. 2001;
– “Long and Skinny” Show, Mercury Lounge, Ottawa, 1999.

Collaborations:
– “House of Paint,” graffiti festival, collaborative mural, Ottawa, 2017;
– “West Dalhousie project,” collaborative mural, Ottawa, 2017;
– “Black Board project,” mural, Holala Plaza, Barcelona, 2017;
– “hotel Vincci barcelona Pallars,” 2012;
– “Souk El Horreya,” Sameh Ismail & dixon, Cairo, 2011;
– “DEJ Festival,” Milan, 2009;
– “House Paint Phase 2,” The ROM, Toronto, 2008;
– “House Paint Phase 1,” Luminato, SteetScape, Toronto, 2008;
– “Urban Funk,” Graffiti festival, Barcelona, 2007;
– “Juno Awards,” Live Art, Ottawa, 2003;
– “Camarillo Brillo,” Organizing and painting in weekly art
performances, Ottawa, 2003;
– “Grand Master Flash,” Barrymore’s Music Hall, Ottawa, 2002;
– “Heavy Weight, Barnstormers & 15lbs,” Montreal, 2001;
– “Infinite Compact Sound System,” Monthly art performances with DJ Duo.

Community Projects:
– “Intercontinental,” group show curator and organizer, Aktivitat Gallery, Barcelona, 2017;
– “OpenWalls Conference”, Muralism, Barcelona, 2011;
– “Djs Contra la Fam”, Live Art, Barcelona, 2008;
– “House Painting”, Luminato Festival (Street Scapes 2008), Toronto, 2008;
– “1st Annual Graffiti Festival,” Organizer, Ottawa, 2002;
– “Canadian Aids Society Mural,” Painted and Coordinated, Ottawa, 2002;
– “Synchronicity,” McNabb Skate Board Park, Coordinated Live Art, Ottawa, 2002;
– “Special Needs Initiative Programs,” Coordinated and painted, 2001.

Other Exhibitions:
– “Patrick Gordon Gallery”, Ottawa, 2015;
– “Patrick Gordon Gallery”, Ottawa, 2014;
– “Greenlight Gallery”, Montreal, 2014;
– “Damaged Goods”, Fall Down Gallery, Ottawa, 2013;
– “RAS Gallery”, Barcelona, 2010;
– “Articulate Baboon Gallery”, Cairo, 2010;
– “DDR Project Gallery”, Long Beach, 2008;
– “Holala Plaza”, Barcelona, 2008;
– “Dixon”, Artguise Gallery, Ottawa, 2008;
– “UneIdéeParJour”, Candela Raval, Barcelona, 2006;
– “Galerie La Petite Mort Gallery” Ottawa, 2006;
– “Art Guise”,You Are Being Lied To, Ottawa, 2005;
– “Savacou Gallery”, New York, 2004;
– “Art Guise”, Ottawa, 2004;
– “Le Petit Bouchon”, Paris, 2003;
– “The Victoria”, London, 2003;
– “Next Space”, Kansas City, 2003;
– “Delphic”, Toronto, 2002;
– “Wurm Gallery”, Ottawa, 2002.

Untitled(Dorthy)

Juan Carlos Noria

Spain

Untitled(Dorthy)

2018
spray paint and acrylic on wood
30 cm Circular radius
$410

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yuck

Juan Carlos Noria

Spain

yuck

2018
spray paint and acrylic on paper
21 x 30cm
$340

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Skull (frame)

Juan Carlos Noria

Spain

Skull (frame)

2018
acrylic on paper
8 x 12cm
$210

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Ammulus

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Ammulus

2018
spray paint and acrylic on paper
21 x 30cm
$340

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Shiny city down the hill

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Spain

Shiny city down the hill

2018
spay paint and acrylic on paper
42 x 50cm
680 {framed}

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Orthodoxo

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Orthodoxo

2018
acrylic on board
22 x 27cm
$410

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Carefree epoch

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Spain

Carefree epoch

2018
spray paint and acrylic on plastic
22 x 25cm
$400

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La Sesta Lezione

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Spain

La Sesta Lezione

2018
spray paint and acrylic on paper
13 x 20cm
$340

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Nest

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Nest

2018
spray paint and acrylic on paper,
28 x 41 cm
450

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precarious

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precarious

2018
acrylic on paper
28x17cm
$400

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Mixed Feelings

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Mixed Feelings

2018
acrylic on cardboard {framed}
19 x 34cm
$400

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I

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I <3

2018
spray paint and acrylic on paper
21x30cm
$340

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The Back of Beyond

Juan Carlos Noria

Spain

The Back of Beyond

2018
The Back of Beyond
21 x 30 cm
$340

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Swift

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Swift

2018
spray paint and acrylic on paper
21 x 30 cm
$340

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Fen

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Spain

Fen

2018
acrylic on board
24 x 32cm
$350

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Surpass

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Surpass

2018
spray paint and acrylic on metal
16 x 23 cm
$360

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Untitled(horses)

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Spain

Untitled(horses)

2018
spray paint and acrylic on wood
30 cm circular radius
$410

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Vice Roy

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Spain

Vice Roy

2018
acrylic on canvas
162 x 62cm
$1500

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Monitoring

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Spain

Monitoring

2018
spray paint and acrylic on board
34 x 46cm
$410

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Comic Book Justice

Juan Carlos Noria

Spain

Comic Book Justice

2018
spray paint and acrylic on paper
15 x 22 cm
$350

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