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Txema Novelo

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Mexico City, Mexico

Birth year

Lives in
Mexico City

Works in
Mexico City


Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos CUEC UNAM, 2005, Bachelor
Vancouver Film School, 2001, Diploma

Representing galleries
Yautepec Gallery


Txema Novelo pays a great deal of attention to the space between the divine and the quotidian.  His work is guided by the anthems preached in alternative rock music, the mysticism of religion and altars that inspire prayer to a higher power- whether it’s to a deity, philosopher or a divine personal practice. Central to his work is the concept of Joy Division/ Sad Divine, a play on the basic Gnostic principle that humans are naturally divine beings yet divided from the spiritual realm by their own physical creation. Logically, this pairing would be Sad Division / Joy Divine but through its reversal, he tries to bring this gnosis with his medium of choice — rock ‘n’ roll — and at the same time throwing the principle’s core assumption into critical perspective.

Through remapping Western and Oriental Holy Scriptures upon the mythologies of twentieth century popular music and culture, he is trying to reintroduce a sense of the sacred into contemporary art. This within the realms of video, installation, performance and sculpture.


México, 1982.

Lives and works in Mexico City.



He studied film at the University Center for Film Studies (CUEC) at the Autonomous National University of Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City and at the Vancouver Film School in Canada.


Solo Shows

2014 “Still Movie”, Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, México DF, México.

2013 “Emerald, Sapphire and Gold”, Yautepec Gallery, Mexico DF, México.

2011 “Hey Man / Amen”, Yautepec Gallery, Mexico DF, México.

2008 “Taking Drugs to Make Movies to Take Drugs To”, Museo Experimental El Eco, Mexico DF, México.

2006 “Other World’s Trotter”, Galería Ramis Barquet MTY, Monterrey, México.

2004 “Rock & Roll Covers No. 1”, Galería el Particular, México DF, México.


Residencies and Awards

2016 Fundación Casa Wabi interdisciplinary residency program, Oaxaca, Mexico.
2014 Celeste Prize, Honorary Mention for the “Installation, Sculpture & Performance” Category.
2013 European Media Artists in Residence Exchange EMARE at Bandits Mages, in Bourges France.
2012 Artistic Residency International Program FONCA-CONACYT 2011, at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France.
2011 International Fellowship Program at Halle 14, Leipzig, Germany.
2006 Arts & Media Grant, Mexico National Center for the Arts (CENART), Mexico.
2005 VII Convocatoria Internacional de Jóvenes Artistas, Galería Luis Adelantado, Valencia, Spain.
2004-05 Jovenes Creadores Grant Program, Mexican National Foundation for Arts and Culture FONCA/ CONACULTA, Mexico.



• Novelo, Txema “Sacred Rock & Roll” SFAQ, Issue 18, November 2014. (

• Fiedler, Michele “The Anagram Movie Series: Still Movie by Txema Novelo” Installation Magazine, Issue 44, April 2014. ( anagram-movie-series-still-movie-txema-novelo/)

• Schultz, Brett. “Txema Novelo’s Emerald, Sapphire and Gold” Installation Magazine, Cover, Issue 39, December 2013. ( txema-novelos-emerald-sapphire-gold/)

• Dobey, Peter. “Rackroom: Interview with Artist Txema Novelo” Art Slant NY, March 2013. (

• Jauregui, Gabriela. “Reviews: Txema Novelo, Yautepec” Frieze Magazine, Issue 146, April 2012 pp. 13 ( novelo/)

• “Miki the Movie, a film by Txema Novelo” Celeste Magazine, March 2005.

Collective Shows


Orden y Limpieza, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia



EMAN#EMARE, Centro de Cultura Digital, Mexico City, Mexico
Believe it or not, ACC Galerie, Weimar, Germany
El Décimo Tramo, La New Gallery, Madrid, Spain
Beginning to see the light, Vita Rosen Gallery, Göteborg, Sweden
Gentle Jousting, Secret Project Robot, Brooklyn, NY
Proyecto Correspondencia // México II, Espaço Múltiplo, Lisboa, Portugal



NO/EXPO, Cordoba 84, Presented by Yautepec, Mexico City, Mexico
What Happened to God? Halle 14, Leipzig, Germany


Crossing Boundaries, II Moscow International Biennial for Young Art. Contemporary Art Center Winzavod, Moscow, Russia.
(Ready) Media: Hacia una Arqueologia de Los Medios y La Intervención en México. Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Mexico City, Mexico
Mexi-Cali Biennial 09/10. Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design. Los Angeles, CA, USA



Index MUAC. Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, Mexico
Cómo Lo Vío En La Tele, Galería La Refaccionaría, Mexico City, Mexico
Presentación mART, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico
Ars Ludens, Galería de Arte Electrónico Manuel Felguérez, Centro Nacional de las Artes (CENART), Mexico City, Mexico

Interface 08 @ Puebla, Galería de Arte Moderno y Contemporáneo Angeles Espinoza Yglesias, Puebla, Mexico
Alea, Programa y Estrategia, Galería de Arte Electrónico Manuel Felguérez, CENART, Mexico City, Mexico
Game Over, Galería Emilia Cohen, Centro de Arte y Diseño (CAD), Mexico City, Mexico
Revolución Industrial, MUCA Roma, Mexico City, Mexico


Lo que Hace que el Mundo Gire es la Fuerza de Gravedad, Festival Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo, FIAC 07, León, Guanajuato, Mexico
Usted Esta Aquí, Intervenciones a la Ciudad Colonia Condesa, Mexico City, Mexico
CAMARENA, Mexico City International Festival of Contemporary Cinema (FICCO ‘07), Mexico City, Mexico

II Premio SIVAM Artes Visuales, Mexico City, Mexico
Ciclo de Video en El Eco, Museo Experimental El Eco, Mexico City, Mexico
Collecting Point, Platform Garanti @ Frieze Projects, Frieze Art Fair, London, England
Rock & Roto, IV Festival Medi@arte, Centro de las Artes – Pinacoteca, Monterrey, Mexico
Rock & Roto y Camarena, Kino Lab, Warsaw Museum of Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland
Distor, Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, México, Mexico City, Mexico
Creación en Movimiento, Jovenes Creadores (Generación 2004 – 2005), CENART, Mexico City, Mexico
Stil Biuti, Warsaw Museum of Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland
Proximamente, Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City, Mexico

VII Convocatoria Internacional de Jóvenes Artistas, Galería Luis Adelantado, Valencia, Spain
Randa W Ciemno/Cita a Ciegas/Blind Date, Galería Sector Reforma, Guadalajara, Mexico
PROGRAMA Videomix “Arráncame el Corazón,” La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain
Declaraciones, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain


Randa W Ciemno/Cita a Ciegas/Blind Date, Warsaw Museum of Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland
El Secreto está en la Masa, Cold Creation, Barcelona, Spain Rock & Roto, Gallery Threeonenineone, San Francisco CA, USA
Un Dos Tres por mi y por todos mis compañeros, Espacio Fundación Telefónica, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Habeas Corpus, 3er Foro de Arte Publico, Sala de Arte Publico Siqueiros, Mexico City, Mexico
Centro + Media, Centro de Diseño, Cine y Televisión, Mexico City, Mexico Rock & Roto, Ex Teresa Arte Actual, Mexico City, Mexico
Soundtracks, Re-Play: UDT 3.0 + Alchemy & Mysticism, Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Canada.

Un Dos Tres por mi y por todos mis compañeros, Centro Cultural España, Mexico City, Mexico
Re: The e-mail art project 2, Access Artist Run Centre, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Alchemy & Mysticism #1 UDT, Artists Alliance, NYC, USA
Re: The e-mail art project, Comme des Congres Gallery, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
I’ve got an answer / I’ve got an anthem, I.A.E. Portland, Oregon, USA



Recent Exhibits

Txema Novelo participated in these exhibits:

May, 2015 Orden y Limpieza
Universidad de Los Andes
Nov, 2014 SFAQ Issue 18
Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil
Sep, 2013 EMAN#EMARE
Centro de Cultura Digital
May, 2013 Believe it or not
ACC Galerie
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