GILDO//
MEDINA
BIO//
CV

Gildo Medina photographed by Jérôme Sans

In search of definition I find my name in graphite. I can no longer divide myself or deny the existence of a penciled affair. Every light and every shadow becomes my mirror, my own contradiction. I undress myself to the unknown viewer, tempered. I am a drawing and reality my vulnerable liaison.
 

An artistic trajectory of influence makes Gildo Medina a synonym of versatility and constant juxtaposition. From his origins in pencil and a profound relationship with realism, he masters the art of transformation while maintaining a watermark signature.
A background of cultural and academic diversity is the foundation of his work: Mexico the surreal underlay, Florence the traditional techniques, Paris the sophistication, Berlin the vision, Hong Kong the complexity, New York the energy.

If Gildo Medina is a drawing, then each trace is a footprint of his journey, each technique a calculated risk. His constant pursuit of perfection and artistic soberness are seen through the use of gray, his most dedicated investment. Watercolor is a return to spontaneity, an instant recovery. By watering color he seems to dilute the threat of perfection, bringing his subjects back to life in what appears to be a constant struggle between inertness and being. The interaction between surrealism and reality becomes the greatest paradox as one defines the other. For Gildo Medina ink is not only irreversible but a true representation of his relentless questioning, his defiance of beauty canons and the last communication tool. Only through this concept of permanence, his creation becomes transitory.

Gildo Medina further enlarges the scope of his artistic reach merging photography and film as a way to sketch time through time itself. He achieves complete synchronization through the use of drawing techniques as guidelines for motion within different time lapses. Each photograph becomes an instant drawing, each video a set of photographs in the process of being drawn.

Gildo Medina, the artist, the drawing, the enterprise. A subtle contradiction of constant change.

Lara Mosti, New York 2010


CV//

Gildo Medina was born in México City 1980.
Works and lives between Paris, Madrid and  New York.
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EDUCATION//

2003 -2004 Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Studies - Photography  / Central Saint Martins, London, UK.
2002-2003 Studies of Visual Arts / Accademia delle’Arte, Florence, Italy.
1997-2002 Graphic design / Universidad Iberoamericana, México city
1993-1997 Special studies of Visual Arts / ENAP Academia de San Carlos, México city


HONOURS//

2009 Excellence in design Award. XVII Entrega de Premios a! Diseño Internacional. Mexico.
2007 EFFIE prize for Best advertising campaign for Beauty. Vivelle Dop Ad Film Campaign. L’Orèal Paris. Publicis Conseille France. Co-Art Director, Co-Creative Director, Film Maker, and Illustrator.
2005 Grammy’s music awards Latin America, nominated Best video. Juanes “Nada Valgo sin tu amor”. LA, USA. Art Director.
2004 MTV video music awards Latin America, Best Video winner. Café Tacuva  “Eres”. LA, USA. Art Director.
2004 Artist of the year, Coca Cola France. Winner for a special art project for design 6 Limited edition Coca Cola cans signed by Gildo Medina. Festival de la musique, Festifever. France.
2002 1st prize. Best Visual Identity. Publicidad Imaginaria. The New York Festivals, NYC, NY.
2002 1st prize. Best Art direction for Advertising Campaign in Prints. Banco Bital. The New York Festivals.NYC, NY.
2001 1st prize. Best Visual Identity. Intermanagers.com  XII Entrega de Premios Quórum design competition, México City.
2001 1st prize. Illustration. B:oost Energy drink. XII Entrega de Premios Quórum design competition, México City.
2001 2nd prize. Illustration. Accademia dell´Arte a Firenze. XII Entrega de Premios Quórum design competition, México City.
2001 1st prize. Art Direction. XII Entrega de Premios Quórum design competition, México City.
2001 2nd prize. Art Direction. XII Entrega de Premios Quórum design competition, México City
2001 1st prize. Photography. Publicidad Imaginaria Visual Identuty. XII Entrega de Premios Quórum design competition, México City.
2001  2nd prize. Photography. Accademia dell´Arte a Firenze Visual Identity.  XII Entrega de Premios Quórum design competition, México City
2001 1st prize. Art Direction. B:oost Energy Drink.  VI Entrega de Premios a! Diseño Internacional. design competition, México City.
2001 2nd prize. Art Direction. VI Entrega de Premios a! Diseño Internacional.design competition, México City.
2001 1st prize. Best Visual Identity. Gildo Medina´s Visual Identity. VI Entrega de Premios a! Diseño Internacional. design competition, México City.
2001 2nd prize. Best Visual Identity.  Intermanagers.com VI Entrega de Premios a! Diseño Internacional. design competition, México City.
2001 1st prize. Illustration. Students. VI Entrega de Premios a! Diseño Internacional. design competition,
México City.
2001  2nd prize. Illustration. Students.  VI Entrega de Premios a! Diseño Internacional. design competition, México City
2000 1st prize. Illustration. Students. XI Entrega de Premios Quórum design competition, México City.
2000 2nd prize. Illustration. Students. XI Entrega de Premios Quórum design competition, México City.


SOLO SHOWS//

2010 “WELCOME TO REALITY” – Project room Vice Galery, Mexico city.
2010 “LE MIROIR DE DIONYSOS” – Galerie 13 Jeannette Mariani, Paris
2008 “BEAUTY KNOWS NO PAIN” – Galeria Sin sitio, Madrid
2007 “EAT MY HANDBAG, PUTA!” – Galerie Chappe, Paris


GROUP SHOWS//

2010              Hardcore Galery, Miami @ PINTA –Modern and contemporary Latin American art fair, London.
2009 “FOR RENT” Daniel Liebsohn Gallery . Mexico city.
2004 FIAC Paris (for Limited edition Coca Cola cans signed by Gildo Medina on dispatch)
1997 “DESTINO CUMÚN” (Common Destiny) Academia de San Carlos, UNAM. Colegio Nacional de Arquitectos de México gallery. México city.


WORKS IN COLLECTIONS//

Private collections in México, France, Germany, Israël and Belgium.


PUBLIC SPEAKING//
& LECTURES

2009 “Conference about his work. Gildo Medina. A true love story”.
XVII a! Diseño International Conference. . México 08.2009››
2008 “Conference about his work. Gildo Medina. Otro artista mexicano en Paris”.  (Gildo Medina. Another Mexican Artist in Paris.). Brandcorp. Guadalajara, Jalisco Mexico 08.2008››
 2003 “Conference about his work. Gildo Medina. Publicidad subversiva, Publicidad imaginaria”.  (Gildo Medina. Suvbersive Advertising, Imaginary Advertising.) XIII Cominication week. Comunication Institute. Universidad Iberoamericana. México city 04.2003››
2001 “Conference about his work. Gildo Medina. Pasión por la imagen”.  (Gildo Medina. Pasion for the Image) XXVI Anniversary of  the foundation of the Architecture and Design School. Universidad Nacional de Tampico. Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico 02.2001››

 

 
 


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