Artemio

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Art is not a mirror. It’s a hammer.

BIO

La hoguera de las vanidades

BORN IN 1976 IN MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
LIVES AND WORKS IN MEXICO CITY

The Rolls-Royce of Mexican art. He is a visual artist, flmmaker and curator by training. He is part of a generation of artists that arose in Mexico City in the 90s, breaking away from the standards of academia and pictorial traditions inherited from the muralist movement. Through the use of conceptual art, installation and video, he questions violence, structures of power and the relationships they generate, and proposes reinterpretations of pop culture. His works are characterized by an added dimension of cutting wit.

He directed La Panadería in 1998-1999 and 2001-2002. As curator, his projects have been shown around the world in countries including Peru, USA, Mexico, Bolivia and Spain.

Noteworthy among his solo shows are: La hoguera de las Vanidades [Vanity burned at the stake], Machete Galería, Mexico City (2019), Los que mueren son los otros [The others are the ones who die], MUCA-Campus, Mexico City (2017), Requiem for Maria, Y Gallery, New York (2012), Postmiseria/ Revolution is the New Black, Centro de las Artes, Monterrey (2012), and ChakrAK-47, LAXART, Los Angeles (2010). His works have been shown in Queen’s Nails Annex, San Francisco (2010), Galería de La Raza, San Francisco (2010), Revolver Galería, Lima (2009), La Central, Bogotá (2009), The Hayward Gallery, London (2008), and the Siqueiros Public Art Hall (2008 and 2010), Carrillo Gil Art Museum (2001) and La Panadería (1997) in Mexico City.

He has participated in collective shows and biennials all over the world.

He twice received the prestigious Jóvenes Creadores (Young Creators) scholarship from FONCA (Mexico’s National Fund for Culture and the Arts) in 2001 and in 2007. In 2014 he released his frst feature flm, “Me quedo contigo” (I stay with you), which was shown in over 40 national and international flm festivals and was awarded the Kukulkan prize for best flm in the 2015 Riviera Maya festival. He released his second feature flm, “ColOZio” in the IFFR, 2020.

His works can be found in important public art collections: The World Bank Collection (Washington DC), the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), the Castile and León Contemporary Art Museum (León, Spain), the Carrillo Gil Art Museum (Mexico City), among others, as well as in private collections in the USA and Latin America.

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