Survey by Qualaroo

Abraham Cruzvillegas

Sculptor and writer Abraham Cruzvillegas (born 1968) lives and works in Mexico and Europe.

Born: 1968

Recent solo exhibitions include: Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris (2010); kurimanzutto, Mexico City (2010); Thomas Dane, London (2009); Californian College of the Arts, Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco (2009); Redcat, Los Angeles (2009); The Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow (2008); Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca (MACO), Oaxaca, Mexico (2005). He participated in the 10th Havana Biennal (2009), 50th Venice Biennial (2003) and the 25th Sao Paulo Biennial (2002).

The artist is best known for his long-standing project, Autoconstruccion, in which he takes inspiration from the eclectic and improvisatory architecture of his childhood home in the area of Pedregales de Coyoacán, Mexico City. Autoconstrucción operates as a metaphor for individual identity and the identity of a place existing in a state of flux. Cruzvillegas’ project is informed by ideas of ‘survival economics’ – how scarceness can lead to recycling and solidarity in opposition to consumption and individualism.