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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

2011

‘Autoconstrucción (Extracts)’, Le Grand Cafe, Contemporary Arts Centre, Saint-Nazaire

2010

‘Autoconstrucción’, Kurimanzutto, Mexico

2009

‘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

2008

‘Autoconstrucción’, Jack Tilton Gallery, New York

‘Autoconstrucción: The Soundtrack’, The Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow

2006

‘Ici’, Château de Tours, France

2005

‘Los Dos Amigos. Dr. Lakra & Abraham Cruzvillegas’, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca (MACO), Mexico, The Breeder, Athens

2004

Roberts & Tilton, Los 
Angeles

MARCO, Monterrey, Mexico

2003

Jack Tilton Gallery, 
New York

‘Perspectives 139: Abraham Cruzvillegas’, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston

2001

El Curriculum Oculto, “La Esmeralda”, Mexico City

El Silencio De La Borregada, Cholula, Mexico

MUCA, Mexico City

Selected Awards and Residencies

2008

Residency at Cove Park

Residency at Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., USA

Artist Research Fellowship from the Smithsonian Institution

2007

Residency at Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Umbria, Italy

2006

Altadis Contemporary Art Prize, October 2006, France – Spain

2005

Artist Residency at Atelier Calder, Saché, France