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Robert Nava joins PACE

Portrait of Robert Nava, Photography by Matteo Mobilio © Robert Nava

PACE has announced representation of New York-based artist Robert Nava. Driven by his desire to “make new myths” responsive to our times, Nava has created a chimerical world of metamorphic creatures, drawing inspiration from sources as disparate as prehistoric cave paintings, Egyptian art, and cartoons.

Rendered through a raw, energetic mixing of spray paint, acrylics, and grease pencil, his large-scale paintings of fantastical beasts exude a playful candidness that defies the pretentions of high art and invites viewers to reconnect with the unbridled imagination of their childhoods.

As exemplified by our support of artists, such as Jean Dubuffet, Julian Schnabel, Kiki Smith, and Yoshitomo Nara, among others, we have been staunch advocates of artists with a singular visual language that expands the possibilities of art. Nava’s bold and idiosyncratic approach to painting connects to this history while pushing his chosen medium forward.

“Imagination and play are two vital places that can generate newness.”

Robert Nava

The artist’s debut with Pace will take place during this year’s iteration of Art Basel Miami Beach, on view from December 2nd-6th 2020. Nava’s inaugural solo exhibition with Pace will follow shortly afterwards at their newly opened seasonal exhibition space in Palm Beach, Florida in January 2021.
Nava will continue to work with Vito Schnabel Gallery (St. Moritz, Switzerland), Night Gallery (Los Angeles, California), and Sorry We’re Closed (Brussels, Belgium).

Robert Nava, Water Heart Cat, 2020, Acrylic and grease pencil on canvas, 84″ × 72″ (213.4 cm × 182.9 cm) © Robert Nava



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