Born in 1968 in Mexico City, Abraham Cruzvillegas studied Pedagogy from 1986 to 1990 at UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) in Mexico City while simultaneously attending Gabriel Orozco’s workshop Taller de los viernes. In 2012, he was the 5th laureate of the Yanghyun Prize and in 2006 he received the Prix Altadis d’ arts plastiques.
His practice is deeply influenced by his surroundings: sculpture, painting, drawing, installation, and video revolving around the idea of “autoconstrucción” a concept that draws from the ingenious, precarious, and collaborative building tactics implemented by the people living in Colonia Ajusco, his childhood neighborhood in Mexico City. Using a wide range of collected objects, his sculptures challenge the traditional conceptions of art making; while his paintings and drawings are marked by a keen depiction of the subject and a strong sense of humor —instilled in him from his early training as a political cartoonist.

Abraham Cruzvillegas
Abraham Cruzvillegas
Mexico City, 1968

Past Exhibitions

Abraham Cruzvillegas: Esculturas Pendientes

09/02/2019 — 16/03/2019

Punto de Partida

Fundación Banco Santander
21/02/2017 — 11/06/2017

Collection Museo Tamayo

Museo Tamayo
30/07/2016 — 31/01/2017

Solo Shows

Autorreconstrucción: Social Tissue, Kunsthaus Zürich, Switzerland

Sensory Spaces 12: Abraham Cruzvillegas, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands
The Water Trilogy 2: Autodefensión Microtonal Obrera Campesina Estudiantil Metabolista Descalza, Ginza Maison Hermès: Le Forum, Tokyo

Autoconstriction approximante vibrante rétroflexe, Carré d’Art – musée d’art contemporain de Nîmes, France

Empty Lot, Tate Modern, London
Autodestrucción 7: Deshaciendo el nudo, Museo de Arte de Lima – MALI, Peru

Abraham Cruzvillegas: Autoconstrucción, Museo Jumex, Mexico City and Museo Amparo, Puebla, Mexico
Abraham Cruzvillegas: The Autoconstrucción Suites, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany (2014) and The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, United States

Group Shows

Mixografia Summer Screenings, Mixografia, Los Angeles
Artaud 1936, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City
Dwelling Poetically: Mexico City, a case study, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne


Fire/Works For Parkett by Shirana Shahbazi, Parkett, Zurich
We Dream Under The Same Sky, Palais de Tokyo, Paris


Works From The Collection I, Another Space, New York, NY, USA
The Revolution Will Not Be Gray, Aspen Art Museum, United States


New Territories: Laboratories for Design, Craft and Art in Latin America, Museum of Arts and Design, New York
Atopía. Migración, legado y ausencia de lugar, MAZ – Museo de Arte de Zapopan, Mexico

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Mexico City Country of birth: Mexico Date of birth: 1968 Lives in: Mexico City