Cristóbal

Gracia

Mexico City, 1987

Cristóbal Gracia reshapes historical milestones and social and cultural phenomena through the investigation, connection and reconstruction of official chronicles, microhistories and urban myths.

Using tools such as humor, fiction, violence, desire and failure, his work challenges the ideological and power systems, which govern and have constructed the conception of the western contemporary civilization.

Bio

Cristóbal Gracia reshapes historical milestones and social and cultural phenomena through the investigation, connection and reconstruction of official chronicles, microhistories and urban myths.

Using tools such as humor, fiction, violence, desire and failure, his work challenges the ideological and power systems, which govern and have constructed the conception of the western contemporary civilization.

Lives and works between Mexico City and New Haven, Connecticut.

In his process of work Gracia involves different creative agents, every participation and collaboration is essential not only in the material fabrication of his artworks but also in conceptual decisions that give each project a unique specificity.

Gracia tends to search for the tensions that art can create when working with dichotomies and contradictions belonging to different fields of knowledge, here lies the opportunity of contemplating life in a different light.

Gracia holds a BFA from the E.N.P.E.G Esmeralda, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and later he attended to the Programa Educativo SOMA, both in Mexico City. He has been awarded with grants such as the BBVA-MACG Arte Actual and Jóvenes Creadores FONCA in the field of alternative media. Currently he begins his first year at the MFA in Sculpture by the Yale School of Art, class of 2020 - 2022. Gracia is a member of Biquini Wax EPS, an artist run space and platform for production, discussion, and exhibition of art located in Mexico City.

His work has been shown in Mexico, the United States, England, Italy, Germany, Colombia, Ecuador, Argentina, India, The Philippines and New Zealand, in venues such as: Museo Universitario del Chopo, Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Museo Tamayo, Casa del Lago, Human Resources, The BOX gallery L.A, the Biennial of the Americas, Palais de Tokyo, Blain/Southern, the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum, La Ene, the M100 Matucana and in Clark House Initiative among many others. He has been a resident artist in Bikini Art Residency, Lago di Como; Viafarini, Milan; Biennial of the Americas, Denver; Galveston Artist Residency, Galveston; Grand Union, Birmingham; Casa Wabi, Puerto Escondido; Casa Nano, Tokyo; The Art House, Wakefield and Lugar Común, Monterrey. In recent years it has been included in public and private collections such as ASU Art Museum, Colección Fundación M, Murderme Collection, and Phillips/Yuyito.

His work has been published in CULTURED, Artforum, Código, Caín, Art Review, Excelsior, Frente, Westword, Denver Post, Palais Magazine, Terremoto, Utopía, Letras Libres, Gas TV, La Tempestad just to mention a few.

Selection of Works

Aquatania part I; A man should stand where God places him –jungle trails or Hollywood streets –and fight for those things in which he believes
Full HD Video Still
2016
1
AQUATANIA: Y vimos en el agua toda suerte de extraños y asombrosos peces, ansí como numerosísimas y hermosas serpientes que ellos llaman lagartos. Llevaba conmigo un mancebo que saltó...; acabó devorado por un lagarto y todos nosotros lo vimos.
C-print, Kodak-kioskprint, Bright Adhesive Tape, Permanent Marker, Ink, Acrylic, and Collage
47 x 33 inches
2018
9
Aquatania; la edad de la violencia
MDF, "Acapulco" Venetian Tile and Light Jet C-Print
3 x 90 x 32½ inches / 20 x 27 inches
2017
8
Batiente 0.14; el síndrome del miembro fantasma
Digital Print on Satin
4'2" x 8 inches
2013
30
Camillo
Cement and Garden Sculptures
19½ x 15¾ inches
2020
22
Caronte
Fiberglass Acapulco Fishing Boat (useless) Cut and Reassembled, Coconuts, Cardboard, LEDs, Spray Paint, Airbrush, Touristic Towels,and Pool Noodles
Variable Dimensions
2019
11
Cercenado del exotismo tropical modernista. Fragmento I
Laser Cut Steel and Palm Tree
47 x 55 x 47 inches
2016
5
Denominación de origen
Recipe for "Coco Loco" from Hotel Flamingos, Acapulco
Variable Dimensions
2018
10
G.e.a.
Print on Silk Fabric
65¼ x 13¾ inches
2020
24
La isla de las perlas, o cuando las perlas se convirtieron en flores (amapolas) al atardecer
Metal Stretcher, Steel Sheet, Airbrushpaint on “Acapulco” Venetian Tile and Bright Security Tape
64 x 48 inches
2018
7
La sangre se limpia con sangre
Valentina Sauce on Canvas
31½ x 23½ inches
2020
28
Law Is a Bottomless Pit; or, the other story of John Bull I
Charcoal on Paper
82½ x 106 inches
2017
12
Lollo
Concrete, Oil Painting, Brass, and Garden Statues
90½ x 25 x 25 inches
2020
23
Los tentáculos del poder
Ink on Cotton Paper
35 x 49 inches
2016
3
Lucciola I
Concrete and Glass
66½ x 17 x 17 inches
2020
27
Where's the Beef?
Sheetrock Wall, Vinyl Paint, Valentina Sauce and Ketchup
8 x 20 feet
2017
15
Vitrina III; V-gang –Piltdown Man
Mahogany, Paste, Automotive Paint, Brass, Objects bought from Internet
11 x 7 x 2 feet
2018
17
Vitrina III; V-gang –Piltdown Man
Mahogany, Paste, Automotive Paint, Brass, Objects bought from Internet
11 x 7 x 2 feet
2018
18
Where's the Beef?
Acrylic cut Sign illuminated with LEDs
3 x 20 x 0.5 feet
2017
16
Evidenza I
Inkjet Print on Cotton Paper
19½ x 13 cm
2020
26
MABOYA
Video Installation and Mixed Media
Variable Dimensions
2018
13
Retrato de Monumento
Metal, Acrylic, Wood, Concrete, Styrofoam, Silicone, Spray Paint, Marker, Collage, Plastic, Confetti, Glass, Balloons, Duct Tape, Fire, Acrylic Paint, Cardboard and Chromed Steel
14 x 5 x 5 feet
2013
14
Sa La Na, A Yuum, iasis _ Laissez Faire – Laissez Passer by Biquini Wax EPS
Mixed Media
Variable Dimensions
2019
31
Suite Tarzán
Digital Print on Cotton Paper
40½ x 60 inches
2016
6
Una tumba no asegura una suite en el infierno y otras manifestaciones del poder después de la muerte
Mixed Media
8 x 3 x 7 feet
2016
2
Paisaje de Aquatania I
Acrylic, marker,and silkscreen on canvas
79 x 59 inches
2016
4
Vitrina IV; azul IKB-sampuru
Mahogany, Paste, Automotive Paint, Brass, Resin, IKB Pigment
11 x 7 x 2 feet
2018
19
Vitrina II; lámpara de vapor de sodio y aberración cromática
Digital print on cotton paper, wood, glass
51 x 75 inches
2018
20
Villa Rossa
Inkjet Print on Cotton Paper
55 x 43 inches
2020
25
Un estanque de lavado de dinero, que también es una pintura pero no es una pintura de un estanque
Valentina Sauce, Whitened Stones, Polyurethane Foam, Sand, Gravel, Glitter, Enamel, Rubber, Wood, Glue, Air Pumps and Coins
Variable Dimensions
2019
29
Emociones salvajes
Wooden Panel and Airbrush on Acapulco Tile
10 x 6.5 feet
2017
7
MABOYA Fig. 1
Silkscreen print, enamel, ashes, smoke, water, and dirt on linen
78.7 x 37.4 inches
2020
31
MABOYA Fig. 215
Silkscreen print, enamel, ashes, smoke, water, and dirt on linen
78.7 x 43.3 inches
2020
32
Putto de Grotta
Concrete, polyurethane foam and watercolour
Variable Dimensions
2020
33

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