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Diego Medina

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Guadalajara, MX

Birth year

Lives in
Brooklyn, NY

Works in
Brooklyn, NY


site-specific, architecture, installation, sculpture


Visual Artist, Architect by Instituo Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores de Occidente (ITESO), Guadalajara, Mexico.

Diego Medina’s work is based on his belief that art transforms relationships between people, communities, and spaces. His performative, socio-political art—which encompasses sculpture, installation, drawing, and community action—examines the mutation and proliferation of Mexican culture. Medina’s work explores themes of life and death, drawing a parallel between the process of cultural evolution and the process of creating art 

Since 1991, 16 solo shows of his work, 2008 at Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, 2006 at Queens Museum of art, 2005 at Universidad de las Américas, Puebla, Mexico, 2003 at Exteresa Arte Contemporáneo, México City, 2000 at Museo de las Artes, Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico, 1996 at Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, México City, among others. More than 30 collective exhibitions in Mexico, Cuba, Turkey, South Africa, Canada, France and United States.

Since 2000, his work in cultural promotion at the Latino immigrant community in New York City includes the collaboration and direction of cultural events for numerous Mexican organizations and the implementation and direction of his own workshops Art and Migration and Art Initiation for the Mexican community in New York City and the metropolitan region of Puebla and Cholula, Mexico.

Awards, in 2007 Workspace, Artist Residency, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, (JCAL), New York, 2006 Workspace, Artist Residency, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) New York, in 2005-2006 Coinvestment Grant, Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (FONCA), Mexico, in 2003-2004 Grant for Economic Support, MEX-US Foundation for Culture, Rockefeller Foundation, Mexico-US, in 2001 Pedro Arrupe Award for excellence in community service, (ITESO), Mexico, in 1994 Artist in Residence at Yerbabuena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA, Arts International, USA, in 1993 Young Creators National Grant, Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (FONCA), Mexico.


Recent Exhibits

Diego Medina participated in these exhibits:

Mar, 2014 Out To See
Honey Badger Motel
Jan, 2013 Common interests: mobility and transformation of public life
Rowan University Art Gallery
May, 2010 Sao Paulo X San Francisco
Needles & Pens
Jul, 2009 E10: Aljira Emerge 10 Exhibition
Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art
E10: Aljira Emerge 10 Exhibition
May, 2008 Construction of Cultures
Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning
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