José León Cerrillo received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts and MFA from Columbia University, both in New York.
Cerrillo’s practice includes posters, sculpture, installations, and performance that employ abstraction to disarm the relationship between object and subject. Like graphic design, Cerrillo considers the ways in which one receives visual information and converts it into knowledge or understanding. At first one looks past his works, exploring emptiness within them only to find that their significance lies in a tertiary thought process related to failure, loss, or absence. His frames that outline vacant space, for example, are telling of Cerrillo’s difficulty in salvaging content from form, or significance from words. He departs from language’s promise of uniform interpretation, recognizing it as a “system of meaning with inherent flaws and implied power structures.” He digs into graphic and linguistic systems, Modernist iconography, Constructivism, and Geometric Abstraction to seek out interpretations of familiar conflicts and frustrations that depart from art historical canon.

Carrillo has exhibited at MoMA PS 1, New York, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Museum of Contemporary Art of Oaxaca, Mexico, Fundacion/Colección Jumex, Mexico City, and The Kitchen, New York, among many others. He participated in 2015 Triennial: Surround Audience at the New Museum, New York.

José León Cerrillo
José León Cerrillo
San Luis Potosi, 1976

Solo Shows

Undisciplined Interludes, LIGA, Mexico City, Mexico
new grammar, double fault and the possible ones, Joségarcía, Mexico City, Mexico

Kiria Koula, San Francisco, USA
The New Psychology, Andréhn-Schiptjenko, Stockholm, Sweden

The Wittgenstein Suite, with Saralunden, Proyectos Monclova, Mexico City, Mexico

The Box, with Saralunden, MDT, Sweden

Group Shows

Okayama Art Summit, Tokyo, Japan

Re: The Wittgenstein Suite, Hotel Theory, Redcat, Los Angeles, USA
Registro 04, MARCO, Monterrey, Mexico
The New Museum Triennial, New Museum, New York, USA.
Point and Pivot, Hessel Museum, Annandale-On-Hudson, USA.
Surround Audience, 3rd Triennial, New Museum, New York, USA

Todos tenemos derecho a ser honestos, Espacio Minimo, Madrid, Spain

New Humans, Bureau, New York, USA
EXPO 1: New York, MoMA PS1, New York + Triple Canopy, New York, USA

La Hora y los Sitios, Museum of Contemporary Art of Oaxaca, Mexico, Mexico
Abstract Possible, Stockholm Synergies, Tensta konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden
Abstract Possible, The Birmingham Beat, Eastside Projects, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Contacts & Details

City of birth: San Luis Potosi Country of birth: Mexico Date of birth: 1976 Lives in: Mexico City, Mexico