Born Mexico City, 1968. Lives and works in Mexico City.
Abraham Cruzvillegas’ sculptural work evidences his concern with notions of traditional craft and specifically, as Tom Morton has described (Found and Lost, frieze, October 2006), the ways in which craft can offer ‘an ambulatory alternative to the rocket-fuelled velocity of contemporary capitalism.’ This is underpinned by the artist’s focus upon the process of ‘something becoming art’ and the ways in which a work of art can be continually transformed through the actions of interpretation, physical decay and time.
Since 1987 Cruzvillegas has exhibited work in many solo and group exhibitions in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Cuba, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland and the United States of America.
In 2008, Cruzvillegas was the recipient of Cove Park’s first Henry Moore Fellowship. This six-month residency enabled the artist to develop work for a major solo exhibition at Glasgow’s Centre for Contemporary Arts in the same year. Work produced for this exhibition was acquired by Tate Modern in 2010 and will be on display in London throughout 2011.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
‘Autoconstrucción (Extracts)’, Le Grand Cafe, Contemporary Arts Centre, Saint-Nazaire
‘Autoconstrucción’, Kurimanzutto, Mexico
‘Autoconstrucción’, Thomas Dane Gallery, London
‘The Exhibition Formerly Known as Passengers: Abraham Cruzvillegas’, CCA Wattis, San Francisco
‘The Magnificent Seven: Abraham Cruzvillegas’, Capp Street Project, CCA Wattis Institute event, San Francisco, Redcat, Los Angeles
‘Autoconstrucción’, Jack Tilton Gallery, New York
‘Autoconstrucción: The Soundtrack’, The Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow
‘Ici’, Château de Tours, France
‘Los Dos Amigos. Dr. Lakra & Abraham Cruzvillegas’, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca (MACO), Mexico, The Breeder, Athens
Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles
MARCO, Monterrey, Mexico
Jack Tilton Gallery, New York
‘Perspectives 139: Abraham Cruzvillegas’, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston
El Curriculum Oculto, “La Esmeralda”, Mexico City
El Silencio De La Borregada, Cholula, Mexico
MUCA, Mexico City
Selected Awards and Residencies
Residency at Cove Park
Residency at Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., USA
Artist Research Fellowship from the Smithsonian Institution
Residency at Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Umbria, Italy
Altadis Contemporary Art Prize, October 2006, France – Spain
Artist Residency at Atelier Calder, Saché, France