David Medalla

4 Artworks : 1972 - 1999
Born 1942

Bio

    • Born in 1942 in Manila, the Philippines.
    • Medalla’s work ranges from sculpture and kinetic art to painting, installation and performance art.
    • Medalla lives and works in London, New York City and Paris.
    • At the age of 12 Medalla was admitted to Columbia University in New York upon the recommendation of American poet Mark van Doren.
    • Medalla’s work was included in Harald Szeemann’s exhibition ‘Weiss auf Weiss’ (1966) and ‘Live in Your Head: When Attitudes Become Form’ (1969) and in the DOCUMENTA 5 exhibition in 1972 in Kassel.
    • In the early 1960s he moved to the United Kingdom and co-founded the Signals Gallery in London in 1964, which presented international kinetic art. He was editor of the Signals news bulletin from 1964 to 1966, which introduced the work of Lygia Clark (Signal Journal, vol. 1, no. 7, Apr-May 1965) and the work of Li Yuan-chia to the London art scene. In 1967 Medalla initiated the Exploding Galaxy, an international confluence of multi-media artists, significant in hippie/counterculture circles, particularly the UFO Club and Arts Lab. From 1974 to 1977 Medalla was chairman of Artists for Democracy, an organisation dedicated to ‘giving material and cultural support to liberation movements worldwide’ and director of the Fitzrovia Cultural Centre in London.
    • In New York, in 1994, Medalla founded the Mondrian Fan Club with Adam Nankervis as vice-president.
    • Between 1 January 1995 and 14 February 1995 Medalla rented a space at 55 Gee Street, London, in which he lived and exhibited.
    • Medalla has lectured at the Sorbonne, the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art of New York, Silliman University and the University of the Philippines, the Universities of Amsterdam and Utrecht, the New York Public Library, Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Canterbury, Warwick and Southampton in England, the Slade School of Art, and St. Martin’s School of Art.
    • Medalla was the founder and director of the London Biennale in 1998, a “do-it-yourself” free arts festival.

Awards

David Medalla has won awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Jerome Foundation of America.

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