Curator Rodrigo Campuzano, our man in Mexico City, selects the Mexican artists he thinks will make a big impact on the international scene in 2015.
1. Jose Dávila
Right before handing over the Sean Kelly Gallery space in New York to Marina Abramovic, Jose Dávila presented Lightness of Weight, a charming exhibition featuring his soon-to-be-famous “balance sculptures” which are comprised of massive marble slabs held together by delicate ratchet straps. His iconic minimalistic approach to art was first brought to the world’s attention with his cut-out photographs, which are currently on display at the MUDAM Luxembourg Museum as part of the Art & Me exhibition. We can expect to see a lot more of Dávila’s work popping up around the globe this coming year.
2. Amor Muñoz
Community, technology, performance, installation—these are all concepts associated with Amor Muñoz’s deeply connecting work which was recently appraised with the NEW FACE AWARD at the 17th Japan Media Arts Festival. Always taking her work one step further, she recently participated in an international symposium at the Universidad Federal Do Rio de Janeiro, presenting a key element of her practice, which combines textile materials with electronic elements to further pursue interactivity with the viewer. Muñoz’s work goes head-to-head with the times and it’s surely going to be expanded into new territories in 2015.
3. Daniel Guzmán
Wrapping up a busy 2014 with an artist-curated exhibition at Diéresis Galería titled La Llamada Del Dios Extraño and a new solo exhibition at the Drawing Room in London, Daniel Guzmán isn’t planning to take a break anytime soon. He's currently preparing a new line of work for his upcoming solo exhibition with kurimanzutto. This highly-anticipated show will mark the return to his home gallery since the critically acclaimed My Generation in 2009. Guzmán is a mastermind when it comes to altering environments with his iconic and rebellious style, something that will surely be present in his future projects that also include a studio album with his rock ‘n’ roll band Los Pellejos.
4. Pedro Reyes
No stranger to international headlines, multidisciplinary artist Pedro Reyes seems to be turning out critically acclaimed exhibitions one after another. Always portraying a hidden message, his work seems to push the boundaries between society and art, bending the lines of what an audience would normally expect to see, and even do, at an exhibition. Opened during Art Basel week at the ICA Miami, Pedro Reyes’ latest exhibition is an ongoing project named Sanatorium which attempts to combine psychological theories with the concept of art through clever interactions between a group of artist-trained “therapists” and the audience. With new stage adaptations and interactive projects in mind, Reyes is definitely going to be seen throughout the year.
5. Pia Camil
The subtlety of Pia Camil’s work is always refreshing, a trait that hasn’t gone unnoticed by the art world in recent years. Only she can have the pleasure of being the first Mexican artist to have ever exhibited with LA's prestigious Blum & Poe Gallery with The Little Dog Laughed, featuring an exquisite display of her ceramic sculptures and curtains. After causing quite a buzz at the gallery’s booth during Art Basel Miami, Camil’s work is being swiftly picked up by collectors.
She is currently hard at work planning a site-specific installation at the Jumex Museum and a commissioned piece for Frieze Projects in New York which will be unveiled this May, both very ambitious projects that will surely elevate her international status.
6. Carlos Santos
Following a very busy year with two group exhibitions—in Chicago and Mexico City—up-coming artist Carlos Santos is always ready to deliver extraordinary work that makes people take notice. Included in several renowned collections such as the Jumex Collection, Santos’ work is developing further into experimentation with bigger formats and new techniques such as intricate etchings that depict anatomical compositions on glass. The scale and intricacy of Santos’ projects has been a predominant factor in his appeal amongst institutions and collectors.
7. Sabino Guisu
Exhibited in two art fairs in London and Miami towards the end of last year, Sabino Guisu is not looking to keep calm anytime soon. Currently, the artist is preparing a massive body of work—featuring his signature smoke pieces—as well as other sculptures and installations, for his first solo publication that will be released in the coming months. Having recently relocated to a gigantic new studio, Guisu is aware that scale makes his work more mesmerizing for audiences. We’ll definitely be hearing a lot more about this artist in 2015 as he plans for his first solo exhibitions in Los Angeles and Australia respectively.
8. Nicolás Guzmán
Nicolás Guzmán is a key part of the new wave of Mexican painters getting noticed in the international art scene. Recently awarded the FONCA scholarship, Mexico’s most prestigious grant for emerging artists, Guzmán is busy at work developing his project Revenge and Seduction—which will culminate in a solo show later this year. This exhibition will be accompanied by the presentation of his first independent publication including new works—his largest to date—featuring pieces of over 5 meters. Guzmán is constantly delivering solid work that embodies a modern perspective in classical painting techniques; this standout element is something that always captivates and will surely be present in his future projects.
9. Katya Gardea Browne
Katya Gardea Browne is always keeping busy between projects in Mexico and Berlin and is living proof that keeping things simple can require incredible mastery. Currently featured in [macro]biologies I: the biosphere at the ArtLaboratory in Berlin and preparing for another group show at the Bayer Kulturhaus, which will open on January 18, Gardea Browne is starting off the year impressively. Striving to incorporate new mediums into her impressive body of work, the artist has developed a unique voice that stands out within the Mexican art scene and is causing quite a stir overseas, receiving praise from institutes and collectors alike.
Edgar Flores (Saner)
Chances are that Edgar Flores—better known as Saner—has graced your city with one of his characteristic murals that channel the classical muralist movement of Rivera, Orozco, and Siqueiros. Saner is busier than ever, having just opened his first solo gig in New York at Jonathan LeVine Gallery. After only days of being open to the public, the exhibition, titled Primitivo, has been gaining the attention of collectors such as the notorious Swizz Beatz who announced the incorporation of several pieces from the show into the Dean Collection. This year will surely be a busy one for Saner and it’s worth keeping and eye out for his upcoming projects.
(Image at top: Pia Camil)