Juan Andres Milanes Benito

Juan Andres can be visited saturday april 18th 12:00—18:00
The address to Juan Andres's studio is Pottemakerveien 10, 0954 Oslo

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Reality is seldom what it seems. Most people have experienced the astonishment one feels when you discover that what you see is something other than what you previously thought. That is the core of my work.
When you enter an exhibition space and look at one of my sculptures, most probably you will think you are looking at a “readymade”. That is an object from the real world that is transported into the gallery space and thus becomes an object of art. In that capacity, its appearance is given a critical function. An open window to discuss different topics, like art itself.
My work gives the viewer a feeling of experiencing a sculptural theater-prop, or that the viewer has stumbled into a scene from a ludicrous movie. My works are surreal, dislocated happenings that seem otherworldly yet could exist in this world, evoking a feeling or notion of the absurd. My practice as an artist also focuses on the differences between cultures and the varying roles of the individual. I have developed a formal and conceptual visual language that is immediate yet very human. I use visual counterfeits or replicas to address these cultural differences and the collective global mind.
Their surrealistic nature invites the viewer to project their own narrative onto my work.
Another layer of content and narrative in my work is he counterfeiting culture.
Counterfeiting culture can be perceived from two different somewhat conflicting angles, we call this multifaceted cognition.
Labor is a subject that I also refer to my work. I spend an enormous amount of workings hours to finish each sculpture, and this kind of work demands intensity of labor and skills. It is hidden in the layers of content, a metaphor that invites the discussion of the artist role and the art market in contemporary society.

Microwave for one 02
Microwave for one
The extraction of the stone of madness
The extraction of the Stone of Madness
Party at the funeral
Party at the funeral
Potemking village
Potemking Village


Juan Andrés Milanes Benito
Born 1978 Isla de la Juventud, Cuba
Lives and works in Oslo, Norway
Represented by Galleri Riis www.galleririis.com


2009: Master of Fine Arts, Statens Kunstakademi, Oslo, Norway
2007: Trondheim Academy of fine Art, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway
1996: Bachelor of Fine Art, Escuela Wifredo Lam, Isla de la Juventud, Cuba 1991: Elementary School of Art, Isla de la Juventud, Cuba

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

2018: Extraction of the stone of Madness, CODE Art Fair, August 30 to September 2 Copenhagen, Denmark
2017: Microwave for one, Gallery Riis, Oslo, Norway
2016: If the Stone could talk. Neues Kunstforum, Cologne, Germany
2015: It ́s what you see, Bærum Kunsthall, Bærum, Norway
2015: Extraction of the stone of madness, De Fabriek, Eindhoven, Netherlands
2013: Mind the Gap, Hå Gamle Prestegard, Stavanger, Norway
2012: Collective experience, Gallery Se, Sweden
2012: Analyzing Sanity, Orebro Konsthall, Orebro, Sweden
2011: Speed is directly proportional to forgetfulness, Galery Riis, Oslo, Norway
2011: La velocidad es directamente proporcional al olvido, One Night Only, Gallery UKS, Oslo, Norway
2010: Reserved Space, Collaboration with the Atelir Vanntårnet (Intervention in the public space), Kongsvinger, Norway
2010: Party at the funeral, Gallery 69, Oslo, Norway
2010: Speed is directly proportional to forgetfulness, Nord-Trøndelad Fylkesgalleri, Namsos, Norway
2009: American Dream, Hå Gamle Prestegard, Stavanger, Norway
2005: In a straight line from my face to my back, Senter for Afrikansk Kulturformidling, Oslo, Norway
2004: Espacio fracturado, Galeria Marta Machado, Isla de la Juventud, Cuba
2002: Abstractions in November, Open Space, Gallery:A.H.S, Isla de la Juventud, Cuba
1998: Pa ́cuando yo este en el ”yelo”, Galeria Marta Machado. Isla de la Juventud, Cuba
1997: La dirección de la sombra, Gallery Luz y Oficios, Ciudad de la Habana, Cuba
1995: Silencio, Galeria Marta Machado, Isla de la Juventud, Cuba

Group Exhibitions:

2019: 13 Edition of Havana Biennial, Project Behind the wall, Havana, Cuba
2018: Group show at the Museum of Black Civilization. 2018. Dakar, Senegal
2018: Dakar Biennial. May 3 to June 2, 2018. Dakar, Senegal
2017: Art Fair Chart, September, Copenhagen, Denmark 2016: Kamina Artist in Residency, Lume, Togo
2016: Chanting, all clamoring, chirping (Chiroptera), blaring elevato, Dings, Munch Museum, Oslo, Norway
2015: Sparebankstiftelsenn DNBs stipendutstilling, Oslo Kunstforening, Norway
2015: Behind the wall, Project collateral to Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba
2015: Open Video, Atelier Nord, ANX, Oslo, Norway
2015: Update, Galleri Riis, Oslo, Norway
2014: 1814 Revisited – The Past is Still Present, Akershus Kunstsenter, Lillestrøm, Norway
2013: Super Market, Stockholm, Independent Art Fair, Stockholm, Sweden
2012: LÄNGTANS BLOMMA ÄR STÖRST PÅ HÅLL, Galleri Riis, Oslo, Norway
2011: The Water Tower Art Fest, Sofia, Bulgaria
2011: Open Art, Orebro Konsthall, Orebro, Sweden
2009: The windmills of minds, Orebro Konsthall, Open Art, Orebro, Sweden
2009: Kunstakademiet 100-Årsjubileun, Galleri LNM, Oslo, Norway
2009: Kunstakademiet Avganststillinggen, Stenersenmuseet, Oslo, Norway
2009: One hundred years, Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo, Norway
2009: Internasjonale Krysninger, Regjerings Galleriet, Kultur og kirkedepartementet, Oslo, Norway
2008: Høstutstillingen, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway
2008: Internasjonale Krysninger, Lørenskog Kunstforening, Oslo, Norway
2007: Open Academy, Gallery Kit, Trondheim, Norway
2007: Bar candela, (collaboration Show) Gallery Kit, Trondheim, Norway
2005: Hot Water-Cold Water, Gallery Maikael Andersen, Copenhagen, Denmark
2003: With my tooth, Museum Casa Gongora, Panama City, Panama
2003: Pablo Porras Gener, Museo Municipal, Cuba
2003: Ciudad Multiple/ Urban Art in Panama, Panama City, Panama
2002: Pablo Porras Gener, Museo Municipal, Cuba
2002: Environment, Centro de Desarrollo para las Artes Visuales, Ciudad de la Habana, Cuba
2001: Havana Prize Exhibition, Centro de Desarrollo para las Artes Visuales, Ciudad de la Habana, Cuba
1999: Bienal de Escultura en la Montana, Cienfuegos, Cuba
1999: Shipwreck, Galeria Tina Modotti, Ciudad de la Habana, Cuba
1998: Regino Boti, Centro Cultural, Guantanamo, Cuba
1998: Salon de Arte Contemporáneo, Centro de Desarrollo para las Artes Visuales, Ciudad de la Habana, Cuba
1997: Save and Recycle the World, Ohio University, USA


2010: Namdalsavisa, 16/6/2010, NewPaper, Namsos, Norway
2010: Namdalsavisa, 18/6/2010, NewPaper, Namsos, Norway
2010: Smutthulet, NewPaper, 23/5/009, Oslo, Norway
2009: Master 2009, Catalogue, Oslo National Academy of Arts
2009: Open Art 2009, Catalogue, Orebro, Sweden
2009: Aften, NewPaper, 23/1/009, Oslo, Norway
2009: Dagsavisen, NewPaper, 23/5/009, Oslo, Norway
2008: Dagsavisen, NewPaper, 05/8/008, Oslo, Norway
2008: Dagbladet, NewPaper, 06/8/008, Oslo, Norway
2008: Dagbladet, NewPaper, 03/9/008, Oslo, Norway
2008: Critica, NewPaper, 18/3/003, Panama, Panama City
2008: Revista, NewPaper, 20/3/003, Panama, Panama City
2003: Ciudad Multiple City, Catalogue, Panama City, Curator: Gerardo Mosquera/ Adrienne Samos
2003: Art Nexus, No. 82, Magazine
2003: Metropolis, Magazine, New York, USA
2003: Zin magazine, No. 19, Magazine, New York, USA