Manuel Jaén
Essential Trace

21.11.16 25.11.16

Manuel Jaén is a visual artist specialised in Graphic Design, he’s currently working as a professor in graphic design in the Universidad de Artes Ganexa, Panama City, Panama, and he came to ´ace to develop a micro-Residency.

For me, art is a revelation: it deciphers me, captivates me and above all, it teaches me.
My work is a search for new archetypes that are always proposed in their own context. That is why it unfolds through simplicity and rhythmic transcendence. New media is also part of this quest within cultural language. In my opinion, the points of reference of art in its conception are developed from the sum of cultural baggage, but the most important in this process is the recognition of art as a way to transmit of knowledge. The use of a language is significant because the signs evoke a meaning or define a perception but they do not always reveal the content and in addition many respond to visual preconceptions; others are products of pure perception, because we are the architects of the meaning of what we see or want to see. The essence of figuration is for me, in part, product of a mental pattern. The interpretation of visual signs is in some way the codification of said pattern.

Manuel Jaén
1962 | Panamá City, Panamá

2012 | Masters in high education, ISAE, Panamá
1998 | Bachelor in painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, Milán, Italy
1996 | Technical Diploma in Publicity, Ateneo Artístico 3A, Milán, Italy

2015 | Perfiles, Casa Góngora. Panamá, Casco Antiguo
2014 | Mis Paraje Cognitivos, Casa Góngora. Panamá, Casco Antiguo
1990 | Logos, Internacional Beatrice d’Este, Milano. Sessia, Italia
1990 | Amazzonia, Galleria Gothic. Como, Italy

Artist-in-Residence International Program

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International Airport

Ministro Pistarini- Ezeiza (EZE)
Buenos Aires
45' to 60' trip

Domestic Airport

Aeroparque Jorge Newbery
Buenos Aires


38, 39, 41, 42, 59, 63, 65, 67, 68, 151, 152, 161, 184, 194 and 168 (stop in the front door)


D Line (Green)
Olleros Station (4 blocks, 4')


Mitre Line (either to Leon Suarez or Mitre)
Colegiales Station (1 block, 1')

The Latin America's Paris

Buenos Aires is Argentine Republic's capital city. With 15,000,000 inhabitants, it is one of the largest cities in Latin America and one of the 10 most populous urban centers in the world. Its cosmopolitan and urban character vibrates to the rhythm of a great cultural offer that includes monuments, churches, museums, art galleries, opera, music and theaters; squares, parks and gardens with old groves; characteristic neighborhoods; large shopping centers and fairs. Here we also find a very good lodging facilities, with accommodation ranging from hostels to five-star hotels of the main international chains. Buenos Aires also show off about its variety of restaurants with all the cuisines of the world, as well as to have cafes and flower kiosks on every corner.

A neighborhood founded on the Jesuit farms in the 17th century

We are located in Colegiales neighborhood where the tree-lined streets, some of which still have their original cobblestones, invite you to walk. Although the apartment buildings advance, low houses still predominate. It is a district of the city where about 20 TV production companies, design studios, artist workshops and the Rock&Pop radio have been located. The neighborhood also has six squares, one of which pays homage to Mafalda, the Flea Market, shops, restaurants and cafes like its neighboring Barrios de Palermo and Belgrano, with which it limits.

Artist-in-Residence International Program

2024 Open Call #2
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April 30th, 2024

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