2011 RECAP

LaunchPad Program

César Vázquez | “Fan” (detail) | 2011 | Drawing and paper collage | 11.1 x 4.1″ | NODO Galería | ART SAN DIEGO 2011

LaunchPad 2011 featured two artists: Jonathan Ruiz de la Peña and César Vázquez – with their own gallery, NODO: an emergent space founded by them in Tijuana. This was a great success for the 2011 Edition. The artists both sold 90% of the work available over the three days. They had a chance to network and get input by numerous gallery dealers and collectors. In addition they had the opportunity to show their work to important local museum directors. Both artists felt this experience helped them professionalize their practice; revalue their own conception about their work; and opened in their minds a whole new set of possibilities to pursue in the light of a very promising artistic future they were able to asses from the high praises received by Fair attendants.” – Marcela Quiroz Luna, Curatorial Director | ART SAN DIEGO


Jonathan Ruiz de la Peña & César Vázquez. Tijuana, BC, MX

NODO is an artist-run gallery established in Tijuana, BC in July 2010. It’s Co-Directors and Founders are by two young and promising local artists, César Vázquez and Jonathan Ruiz de la Peña (both born in Tijuana, BC, in 1986). The idea for establishing NODO derived from an ephemeral exhibition project that took place in Tijuana in the midst of the worst economical-political and cultural crisis the city (country/binational region/world) has yet endured.


Jonathan Ruiz de la Peña | “House and Box” | Booth03. NODO Galería, TJ, MX | ART SAN DIEGO 2011


Launchpad Artists: César Vázquez and Jonathan Ruiz de la Peña — had a highly successful weekend receiving great reviews from museum directors and gallery owners, and selling almost all their works on display! Since they were present during the four day event, the audience had the opportunity to talk directly to them, get to know them better and hear the artists talk about their own work.

César Vázquez and Jonathan Ruiz de la Peña are Members of
Colab | Creative Consortium


J. Ruiz de la Peña & C. Vázquez | “Retaining Wall” | Site-specific Installation | Booth 03. NODO Galería, TJ, MX | ART SAN DIEGO 2011
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