Vargas-Suarez Universal is an internationally recognized American contemporary artist primarily known for large-scale murals, paintings, drawings, textile works and sound recordings. Born in Mexico City in 1972 and raised in Houston, Texas, he has been living and working between New York City and Bishkek for the last seven years, where he studies traditional textile techniques and collaborates with local artisans. Universe as Experience is the artist’s premier solo show in Kyrgyzstan; the two-part 2022 exhibition will open at the Gapar Aitiev National Museum of Fine Arts, in the country’s largest and most prestigious art institution.
Universe as Experience features Vargas-Suarez’s most recent works and includes a selection of paintings, drawings, collages and works on paper. The exhibition will also feature a wall-size projection of the short documentary “Powers of Ten and the Relative Size of Things in the Universe” (1977). This Charles and Ray Eames classic was commissioned by IBM and captured the imagination of the artist as an elementary school student in 1979 in and in many ways informed his experimental creative method of exploring space, time and technology through art.