Cristóbal Gracia
Mexico City, 1987
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 is finishing a MFA in Sculpture by the Yale School of Art, class of 2020 - 2022. Gracia was a former member (2011-2020) 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 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
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Fragment of a baroque totality 257620
Copper pipes, copper fittings and connections, solder wire, solder paste, plaster, plasticine, polystyrene, Caproni Grotesque Tile 1 - Item #632 (+,-) fragmented, Caproni Grotesque Tile 2 - Item #633 (+,-) fragmented, Caproni Grotesque Tile 3 - Item #634 (+,-) fragmented, ANT.257620 (+,-) figure of fake mesoamerican figurine from the Albers collection of Pre - Columbian art fragmented, ANT.257629 (+,-) figure of fake mesoamerican figurine from the Albers collection of Pre-Columbian art fragmented, ANT.257631 (+,-) figure of fake mesoamerican figurine from the Albers collection of Pre-Columbian art fragmented
Variable dimensions
2022
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Possible uses of excess and overproduction
Copper engraving plates with ink leftovers, engraving prints on cotton paper, copper nails, drywall
2022
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Ghillie. La obra es su misma predecesora, por lo tanto la anterior ya no es anterior sino presente
Ceramics
Variable dimensions
2021
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Producción de flujos de deseo a presión
Lithography, print, emboss, copper plate, felt, elongated pennies and walnut
81.1 x 61.42 x 2.36 inches
2021
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Maquinaria de producción de flujos reales a presión
Copper pipe, molded copper flowers and ginger roots, and pressed penny die ring
35.43 x 35.43 x 62.99 inches
2021
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La promesa del deseo
4K Video
13:33 minutes
2021
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Putto de grotta
Lithography, screen printing and print on 320gr Canson paper
39.37 x 25.59 inches
2020
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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
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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
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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
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Batiente 0.14; el síndrome del miembro fantasma
Digital Print on Satin
4'2" x 8 inches
2013
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Camillo
Cement and Garden Sculptures
19½ x 15¾ inches
2020
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Caronte
Fiberglass Acapulco Fishing Boat (useless) Cut and Reassembled, Coconuts, Cardboard, LEDs, Spray Paint, Airbrush, Touristic Towels,and Pool Noodles
Variable Dimensions
2019
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Cercenado del exotismo tropical modernista. Fragmento I
Laser Cut Steel and Palm Tree
47 x 55 x 47 inches
2016
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Denominación de origen
Recipe for "Coco Loco" from Hotel Flamingos, Acapulco
Variable Dimensions
2018
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G.e.a.
Print on Silk Fabric
65¼ x 13¾ inches
2020
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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
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La sangre se limpia con sangre
Valentina Sauce on Canvas
31½ x 23½ inches
2020
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Law Is a Bottomless Pit; or, the other story of John Bull I
Charcoal on Paper
82½ x 106 inches
2017
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Lollo
Concrete, Oil Painting, Brass, and Garden Statues
90½ x 25 x 25 inches
2020
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Los tentáculos del poder
Ink on Cotton Paper
35 x 49 inches
2016
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Lucciola I
Concrete and Glass
66½ x 17 x 17 inches
2020
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Where's the Beef?
Sheetrock Wall, Vinyl Paint, Valentina Sauce and Ketchup
8 x 20 feet
2017
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Vitrina III; V-gang –Piltdown Man
Mahogany, Paste, Automotive Paint, Brass, Objects bought from Internet
11 x 7 x 2 feet
2018
Cristóbal Gracia
Vitrina III; V-gang –Piltdown Man
Mahogany, Paste, Automotive Paint, Brass, Objects bought from Internet
11 x 7 x 2 feet
2018
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Where's the Beef?
Acrylic cut Sign illuminated with LEDs
3 x 20 x 0.5 feet
2017
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Evidenza I
Inkjet Print on Cotton Paper
19½ x 13 cm
2020
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MABOYA
Video Installation and Mixed Media
Variable Dimensions
2018
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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
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Sa La Na, A Yuum, iasis _ Laissez Faire – Laissez Passer by Biquini Wax EPS
Mixed Media
Variable Dimensions
2019
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Suite Tarzán
Digital Print on Cotton Paper
40½ x 60 inches
2016
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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
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Paisaje de Aquatania I
Acrylic, marker,and silkscreen on canvas
79 x 59 inches
2016
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Vitrina IV; azul IKB-sampuru
Mahogany, Paste, Automotive Paint, Brass, Resin, IKB Pigment
11 x 7 x 2 feet
2018
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Vitrina II; lámpara de vapor de sodio y aberración cromática
Digital print on cotton paper, wood, glass
51 x 75 inches
2018
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Villa Rossa
Inkjet Print on Cotton Paper
55 x 43 inches
2020
Cristóbal Gracia
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
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Emociones salvajes
Wooden Panel and Airbrush on Acapulco Tile
10 x 6.5 feet
2017
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MABOYA Fig. 1
Silkscreen print, enamel, ashes, smoke, water, and dirt on linen
78.7 x 37.4 inches
2020
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MABOYA Fig. 215
Silkscreen print, enamel, ashes, smoke, water, and dirt on linen
78.7 x 43.3 inches
2020
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Después de haber permanecido algún tiempo en la entrada, surgieron en mí dos emociones contrarias, el miedo y el deseo, el miedo a la oscura grotta amenazadora, el deseo de ver si había algo maravilloso dentro de ella.
Concrete, resin, pigments, watercolor, polyurethane foam and steel
84.6 x 20 x 26.7 inches
2020
Exhibitions at Pequod
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