Photo: Lisbeth Salas
Jesús Fuenmayor is a curator with more than twenty-five years experience in the field of modern and contemporary art exhibitions. At present, he works as Chief Curator for the 14th Cuenca Biennial in Cuenca, Ecuador. The Biennial, titled “Living Structures / Art as Plural Experience,” includes fifty-three contemporary artists that each take up the question of art as lived experience. Previously, from 2012–2015, he was Director and Curator of the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) in Miami, a non-profit organization established in 2002 by Ella Fontanals-Cisneros to support new directions in contemporary art. From 2005–2011, he served as Director of the contemporary art space Periférico Caracas in Venezuela.
Prior to accepting the invitation to curate the Cuenca Biennial, his recent exhibitions included Impulse, Reason, Sense, Conflict (2015), which focused on abstract art in the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection. In 2015, he also curated the retrospective Eugenio Espinoza: Unruly Supports 1970-1980 at the Pérez Art Museum Miami in addition to Gego: Autobiography of a Line at the Dominique Lévy Gallery in New York. These and other exhibitions included a publication that he conceptualized and that featured key international contemporary art scholars, among them, Michael Asbury, Manuel Borja-Villel, Kaira Cabañas, Sérgio B. Martins, Mari Carmen Ramírez, and José Roca. At CIFO he also organized the exhibition Permission to Be Global: Prácticas Globales (2014) with curators Jen Mergel and Liz Munsell from the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
For UF, he is curating the exhibition Accumulate, Classify, Preserve, Display /Archivo Roberto Obregón (ARO) from the Fernando and Carolina Eseverri Collection, Caracas, which will open in November 2019 at University Galleries.