Gonzalo Reyes Araos

Gonzalo Reyes Araos (*1980) is a research artist who is interested in the intersection of light, communication and human perception. He studied at the School of Fine Arts of Valparaíso, Chile and today divides his time between the arid Atacama desert in Chile, where he hosts an artist residency program, and his studio in Berlin. 

Long interested in the differing qualities of light in various locations around the world, he became aware how digital communication flattens our sense of space, in essence by breaking up the original  analog waveform into packets just as a prism does light, and reassembling the images on our screens across vast distances. 

Using the same three colors as digital screens, he represents this fragmentation by assembling tiny bits of painted paper into abstract grids that that seem to pulsate with energy as our brains seek to consolidate the images into a cohesive whole. 

 His work has been exhibited in numerous project spaces, institutions and galleries throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas and is part of a number of collections such as the Shandong Art Museum, China; Corporación Cultural de Viña del Mar; Casa de Cultura de Limache, Chile and private collections in Switzerland, Chile, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, and South Korea.

photo credit : Pablo Hassmann
Gonzalo Reyes Araos, RGB Painting, Presence (7a7f86 (2020), (detail), oil on paper mounted on aluminum composite sheet 140 x 100 cm
Gonzalo Reyes Araos, RGB Painting, Presence (7a7f86 (2020), (detail), oil on paper mounted on aluminum composite sheet 140 x 100 cm
Pixel (2017) LEE color filter foils Site-specific installation exhibition "Thresholds" at Meinblau Projektraum View of exhibition with "Path 295" work of Juan Varela
RGB Painting B5BBBA (detail), oil on paper mounted on aluminum composite sheet
RGB Painting B5BBBA (detail), oil on paper mounted on aluminum composite sheet
Gonzalo Reyes Araos, (2015) livestream webcams,Geumcheon Art Space, Seoul, South KoreaIn collaboration with Lucia Jeesun Lee
Gonzalo Reyes Araos, (2015) livestream webcams,Geumcheon Art Space, Seoul, South Korea In collaboration with Lucia Jeesun Lee
Gonzalo Reyes Araos, Dawn Eye Zoom, (2017)live stream webcam video projection (Wellingtong, New Zealand), wood structure, laptop  (installation view)Foreign Sky, NON Berlin, Berlin
Gonzalo Reyes Araos, Dawn Eye Zoom, (2017) live stream webcam video projection (Wellingtong, New Zealand), wood structure, laptop (installation view) Foreign Sky, NON Berlin, Berlin
Gonzalo Reyes Araos, Wormhole - Atacama Desert, Chile. Wormhole is an action performed in June 2017 in the desert of Atacama in Chile. A laptop was placed in the middle of the desert, connected to the Internet displaying a real time webcam placed in Hong Kong, the diametral opposite part of the world. Foreign Sky at NON Berlin, Asia Contemporary Art Platform.
Gonzalo Reyes Araos "Your image 12,560 km away (white), (detail) oil on paper mounted on aluminum composite sheet 150 x 114 cm