Ainhoa Akutain lives and works in Bilbao, after a long period of nomadism. Currently, she combines her artistic practice with a postgraduate research at the Basque Country University, conducting research on the issue of reactive imaginary in relation to the representation of the urban landscape. Hence, her actual body of art work is also an ongoing investigation about our coexistence with landscape; it explores the ways in which we have altered and rebuilt our surroundings to turn it into a collective construction of identity.
Awarded with several Creation-Production Grants (Regional Council of Bizkaia in 2014; Basque Government in 2013; Alfa Arte and Sculpture Department, UPV/EHU in 2010), also received several awards nationally and internationally. Akutain has exhibited at international Art Museums, including the Arsenale in Venice, Italy; Kulturhuset in Stockholm, Sweden; Espacio de Arte Contemporáneo in Montevideo, Uruguay; Montehermoso Cultural Centre, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain or Angel Orensanz Foundation, New York, among others.
At the same time, she got a Ph. Degree fellowship from the Government of Basque Country and she is an active member of the academic world with five years of teaching experience so far in Sculpture and Image at the University of Basque Country. Besides it, she has been part of two research groups of the Department of Sculpture at the same university, which the last one of them has been granted by the Government of Basque Country. She holds several academic reviewing and have published academic and professional articles in the field of visual arts. Moreover, she has contributed to several international conferences in terms of presentations and special sessions.