Jose Dávila is a Mexican conceptual artist, living and working in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Dávila's work often employs strategies of replication, distorting the intrinsic meaning of ordinary material objects and dismantling expected relationships between form and content. He observes and upsets traditional readings of architecture, spaces and building materials. Often using photography, Dávila records a scene and others as close to it as he can find, either establishing an existing relationship or proposing one where none might otherwise exist. There is humour and charm in this approach, balancing an undercurrent of knowing social commentary and critical reflection.
Jose Dávila has participated in the following biennials: Biennial PR02 (San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2002); II Biennial of Prague (Prague, 2005); Poly / Graphic Triennial of San Juan (San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2009) and Panorama Biennial (Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2009). His work has been included in exhibitions in Camden Arts Centre (London 2001); Eco Museum (Mexico City, 2006); Fundazione Borgovico 33 (Como, Italy, 2007); European Art Projects ( Berlin, 2008); Bloomberg Space (London, 2009).
Dávila has participated in group exhibitions at the following institutions: "Mexico City" (PS1, New York and Kunstwerke, Berlin 2002); "Light and atmosphere" (Miami Art Museum , Miami, 2004); "Eco: Mexican Contemporary Art" (Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid, 2005); "Insite 06" (Museum of Art of San Diego, Tijuana and San Diego, 2006); "Building, thinking, living" (IVAM, Valencia, 2008); "To infinity and beyond" (CAC, Sevilla, 2008); "An Unruly History of the Ready Made" (Fundación Colección Jumex, Mexico City, 2008).
In 2006 he participated, with several other Latin American artists, in the Zoo Portfolio Latin American edition, a portfolio of works curated by Adriano Pedrosa, published by Archeus and sold to raise funds for the Zoo Art Fair for emerging artists.