Julio Pacheco

Julio Pacheco Rivas 

For more than four decades Julio Pacheco Rivas has consistently showcased his body of work in Venezuela and abroad.  His mainly large format abstract geometric paintings and assemblies deal in general with the notion of urban space, utopias and the cities. With his work, he intends to reaffirm his notion that painting is nothing but an illusion. His representation of cities, monuments and landscapes, that apparently lack symbols, present also a critical view of modernity. He is well known for his impossible geometries and spaces, yet he has more recently worked on large format installations and paintings of objects that he assembles with painted MDF.

Pacheco Rivas works with the simplification or abstraction of quotidian buildings, constructions or objects and their relationship to space, that is, how series and repetitions of chairs, brushes, stairs, tables and scaffolds seek their space through diverse viewpoints. Over the years, his palette has been characterized by neutral shades and pastel tones of grey, green and opaque pink. Most recently, plain black sharp bold juxtapositions of silhouettes and shapes of objects rather than the depiction of object itself construct Pacheco Rivas’ work. Its rigorous and aseptic geometries build memories of civilizations that seem to have lost their humanity, and play with the notion of the daily objects with a de-humanized perspective, creating new spaces for scale and high contrast figures, where details have disappeared to open towards solid constructions. Nevertheless, his solitary urban landscapes and empty spaces deprived of human figures, speak clearly about everything human. 

Born in Caracas, in 1953, Julio Pacheco Rivas was introduced by himself to painting in the city of San Cristóbal, where he lived until he was 16 years old. After returning to his hometown Caracas, he began to study art formally with master Victor Valera in the Experimental Art Workshops. Despite his family´s interest for him to pursue a degree in law, he continued to paint and started showing his work in collective exhibitions and art salons throughout Venezuela. He lived in Paris for a decade in the eighties, and returned to his homeland where he actually lives and works. In 1990 he represented Venezuela at the Biennial of Venice and in 1992 he showcased a major survey of his work at the Museum of Fine Arts in Caracas.  In 1997 he was invited to the Biennial de Mercosur in Brazil and in 2008 was invited to participate at the Beijing Biennial. His oeuvre is part of important public and private collections in Venezuela such as the National Art Gallery, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Caracas Contemporary Art Museum. In 1989 the Mercantil Bank Foundation published a large monographic book of his work.