LIVES AND WORKS
LIVES AND WORKS
DATE OF BIRTH
I was born in Mexico city in 1979, and most of my childhood memories are about spending time outdoors: whether it was on the volcanic rock formations and cactus filled spaces of the south of Mexico city, or the exuberant jungle of Veracruz, in the gulf of Mexico, where I lived for some years when I was about 6, having access to a huge garden with a small river running through it.
My relationship with sculpture, too, is immersed in nature, as mi teenager years were spent in the forests of Pennsylvania, where I was able to learn some techniques relating to aluminum in a sculpture workshop. It was the first time I was really conscious of the fact that things can be, and actually are, built. It was also the first time that I heard about Alexander Calder, who remains to this date the most influential artist in my life.
I studied architecture. As a student, I moved to Berlin for a while, and got an internship in Hilmer and Satler, collaborating in remodeling Altes Museum at Museum Island.
I returned to Mexico in 2001 to get my degree. I continued with my sculptural practice all through university. In 2003, the year I graduated, my work “Aguascalientes” was selected in the National Award for Young Art.
I was making sculpture with the materials that were most easily available, and for a young architect doing models, it was mostly stationer’s, such as small pieces of wood and MDF. Also, paper. I made my series “Estudio para la ciudad”, which got a local scholarship to be turned into a show for Museo de la ciudad, Querétaro.
As I started my professional practice and got a few jobs remodeling houses, some luxurious materials became available, such as brass, copper, fine woods, and steel, so I incorporated them into my practice.
I started designing furniture for myself at a very young age, and very casually people got interested. I collaborated with “Trouvé” a gallery of antiques, objects, and new design in Mexico city, on at a booth in Zona Maco design in 2015.
I realized that designing and producing furniture had become my main economic activity and started my hectic entrepreneurial life as the owner of a carpentry, which I envision as a place where I can efficiently produce my line of work and also experiment with artisans and traditional techniques of wood working.
On the last two years I’ve had a couple of group collaborations with Salón Silicón, a young independent space in Mexico city, and two solo shows: “Estudio para la sal” in 2016 in MUCA Campus Universitario, UNAM, featuring some salt and concrete intervened cubes, and “Los jardines de mi ciudad” at Museo de la Ciudad, Querétaro, showcasing some photos and sculptures about the way nature takes over cracks in concrete.
I live in Mexico city with my stray black dog and my white cat.
WHO I AM
Mexican designer, architect and artist
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