By appropriating and decomposing pharmaceutical labels, newspapers, advertising cutouts, mail packaging, old photographs and many other objects from our everyday life, Joaquin Salim has created a large body of work where the artist dives into our society’s controversial and sensitive topics with a wink. Making his work a reality check unless you choose to only see the surface of it all. Magnification is key in Joaquin’s work, his obsession with textures that can’t be seen and detailed at normal sight gives Fake Smiles another layer of intimacy that allows the viewer to see past what is in front of them.
Joaquin Salim is a Venezuelan born and New York based Mixed Media Appropriation Artist, whose work has been acclaimed and acquired by curators around the world. He has exhibited multiple times in New York, Los Angeles and most recently in Budapest and Madrid. He is also an award winner Creative Director currently working for a large global advertising agency in New York City. During his years in the advertising industry, he has partnered with creative geniuses like Darren Aronofsky and Mike Mills to create unique projects— for The New York Times, LVMH and many more — that have reached the top of the field in festivals like the world famous Cannes Lions, The One Show, D&AD and many more. In 2017, Joaquin was named one of the best creatives in the world under 30 years of age by the Young Guns, awarded for his multidisciplinary creative vision.
S O L O
2018, “Fake Smile” Parasol Projects, Bowery, NYC.
2018, “At Jimmy’s” Residency, Curated by Adhesivo Mag, Lafayette, NYC.
2017, “Subconscious Frequency”, Residency at Droga5, Wall Street, NYC.
G R O U P
2019, JSALIM at Showfields “The Loft” + “The Lab” + “Main Gallery” , Lafayette, NYC.
2019, “Grand Opening” Kayas Boutique, Lisbon, Portugal.
2018, “Omisión Ligera” Curated by Cerquone Projects, Caracas, Venezuela.
2018, “Omisión Ligera” Curated by Cerquone Projects, Madrid, Spain.
2018, “Art in Progress” Curated by Bombay Sapphire, Meatpacking District, NYC.
2018, “Playground” Curated by TOBE Gallery, Budapest, Hungary.
2018, “SCOPE New York” Curated by Arte Ponte Gallery, New York, NYC.
2018, “100 Pieces”, Silent Auction, Curated by Melissa Ross, Santa Monica, CA.
2017, “DISORDER”, Curated by Unfollow Collective, Brooklyn, NY.
2017, “Art Below”, Curated by Sur Le Mur Gallery, West Los Angeles, CA.
2017, “Art Below”, Curated by Art Below Ltd.uk at the Grand Union Station, Los Angeles, CA.
2017, “100 Pieces”, Silent Auction, Curated by Melissa Ross, Santa Monica, CA.
2017, “Independent Art Book Fair” Curated by Flamingo Publications, Brooklyn, NY.
2016, “WHAT WE DO IS [SECRET]” Curated by Unfollow Collective, Bowery, NYC.
2015, “WHAT WE DO IS [SECRET], Curated by Unfollow Collective, Williamsburg, NY.
C O L L A B O R A T I O N S
2018, “Miami Fashion Week” Collaboration with fashion designer Angel Sanchez, Miami, FL.
2017, “I Am Pototo II”, Collaboration with photographer Ale Bursett, Madrid Spain.
2016, “I Am Pototo I”, Collaboration with photographer Ale Bursett, Madrid Spain.
S E L E C T E D P R O J E C T S
2018, “The Last Word” Album artwork for the Grammy and Rock&Roll Hall of Fame inductees, The O’Jays.
2017, “Ahora o Nunca” Art for protesters against repression in Venezuela.
2016, “Trippy Caribbean” Album artwork for the Latin Grammy nominated band, Rawayana.
2012, “RAWAYANALAND” Album artwork for the Latin Grammy nominated band, Rawayana.
2010, “Licencia Para Ser Libre” Album artwork for the Latin Grammy nominated band, Rawayana.