He lives and works in Mexico City.
Javier Peláez is an artist focused mainly on painting and drawing. His work explores the limits of reality and its representation. Considering the procedural and semantic possibilities of the medium to re-configure elements of reality, presenting them in a field in which they become uncertain and oscillate between figuration and abstraction.
He studied architecture (La Salle University, Mexico City), left them to devote himself to painting.
From 2012 to 2015 he participated as co-director of the independent platform Diagrama (Mexico City), dedicated to presenting contemporary painting.
During October of 2016 he was artist residing in the Vermont Studio Center (Vermont, USA). During October of 2017 will be resident in Casa Nano (Tokyo, Japan).
His work has been presented individually and collectively in exhibitions, biennials, auctions and fairs, both inside and outside the country, including:
At the Front Door of a Stone, presented as part of the initiative of The Getty, Pacific Standard Time: LA / LA, at William Turner Gallery, Santa Monica, Ca., USA. (2017); Cosas Puras(collective exhibition curated by Violeta Horcasitas), presented in Pantalla Blanca, Mexico City, MX (2017); Gihon River (collective exhibition), presented at the residence of the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vt., USA. (October, 2016); Afinidades y Discordancias, (collective exhibition, curated by Santiago Espinoza De Los Monteros) presented at the Museum of the Chancellery, Mexico City, MX. (2016); Naturaleza Indeterminada, (individual exhibition, curated by Christian Barragán), presented at Drexel Gallery, Monterrey, N.L., MX. (2015); Pararrayos / Doce Pintores Contemporáneos de México, presented at the Embassy of Mexico in Germany, Berlin, DE. (2015); XVI Tamayo Biennial, presented at the Museo Rufino Tamayo and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Oaxaca (2014-15); 6th CODET Foundation Biennial, presented at the Centro Cultural Tijuana-CECUT, Tijuana, MX. (2014); Vanitas (individual exhibition) presented at the Museum of the City of Querétaro, Querétaro, MX. (2013), Death / Nature (collective exhibition) presented at The Laundromat Gallery, Brooklyn, N.Y., USA. (2011); Objetos Sagrados (individual exhibition) presented at Toca Gallery, Mexico City, MX. (2010); A Collective Effort, (collective exhibition) presented at Ideobox Artspace, Miami, Fla. USA (2008).
His work was selected in 2016 to be part of the collection Racks in its first edition and a short documentary about her life and work was made. He was part of the XVI Rufino Tamayo Painting Biennial in 2014, presented at the Tamayo Museum, Mexico City and at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Oaxaca. Also during 2014 his work was part of the 6th Miradas Biennial of the Codet Foundation. His work is part of the Milenio Collection since 2013, from the Museum of the Chancellery since 2016.
His work has been published in various media. He recently appeared in the first volume of "Pintura: México", a book that reviews the work of some of the most important Mexican artists who work with the medium of painting; published in 2017 by Sicomoro Ediciones.