Julián Terán was born in La Plata, Argentina, in 1977. He grew up in Monte, a rural town in the province of Buenos Aires, where he still resides and works. He graduated from the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes Prilidiano Pueyrredón (IUNA) and he was also trained at workshops and clinics with Fabiana Barreda and Rodrigo Alonso, among others. He has had solo exhibitions in galleries in Buenos Aires and has participated in several group exhibitions such as the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Rosario (MACRO), Museo Castagnino, Centro Cultural Recoleta, and Centro Cultural Borges, in Buenos Aires.
In 2011 he completed several major projects, including an extensive solo exhibition at the Museo J. R. Vidal de Corrientes, Argentina; an exhibition of his work in dialogue with Emilio Renart in the Multiespacio San Telmo and a large-scale mural work at the Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires (MAMBA).
His work has been successfully included in several international art fairs, including ArteBA, Buenos Aires, ArtBo, Bogotá, and Pinta, New York. He is also part of several important Latinamerican private collections.
In addition to being a visual artist, Julián Terán is a musician and a composer of songs that fuse traditional Argentine folk rhythms with influences of electronic and alternative music. He was part of the band Undercolour, with whom he recorded an album, and currently performs as a soloist. lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Vision of art
1. Choose a work that represents you, describe it in relation to its format and materiality, its relation with time and space, its style and theme; detail its production process.
"Cauce" is a freehand drawing made with Rotring 0.1. lines. The image was created with a software to generate topography of land, but prior to that I line the concavities and forms that I wish to create on a numbered grid on the Cartesian axes, the data with the altitudes of each crossing point are entered into the computer to generate the image, after some tinkering with other programs I transfer the guidelines of the drawing to paper and continue to add more lines to achieve the density I want. The final result has little to do with the digital source of the image. The living pulse of the line made by hand is very present. Only the curved lines and its proximity create the bumps or grooves, with areas of varying density, creating light or dark areas. I am interested in the idea of the surface as a mantle, the possibilities of what may be underneath. As the veins appear evident under the skin. The marks and wounds of that skin that can be torn apart and reveal something hidden.
2. In general terms, how would you suggest to approach your work?
Giving up, without prejudice, alert and leaving all possibilities open.
3. In reference to your work and your position in the national and international art fields, what tradition do you recognize yourself in? Who are your contemporary referents? What artists of previous generations are of interest to you?
The list of artists that interested me is endless, I hint to start but I guess the ramifications and see that the job gets too big. Especially since this list would include artists from the field of music, film, literature, etc. that have influenced me greatly. But I think the strongest influences come from my artist friends and close people, witnessing their growth and development pushes me to go ahead. The ideas are echoed in a nearby location.