Rafael Lozano-Hemmer was born in Mexico City in 1967. In 1989 he received a B.Sc. in Physical Chemistry from Concordia University in Montréal, Canada. An electronic artist, Lozano-Hemmer develops interactive installations that are at the intersection of architecture and performance art. His main interest is in creating platforms for public participation, by perverting technologies such as robotics, computerised surveillance or telematic networks. Inspired by phantasmagoria, carnival and animatronics, his light and shadow works are “antimonuments for alien agency”.
His large-scale interactive installations have been commissioned for events such as the Millennium Celebrations in Mexico City (1999), the Cultural Capital of Europe in Rotterdam (2001), the UN World Summit of Cities in Lyon (2003), the opening of the YCAM Center in Japan (2003), the Expansion of the European Union in Dublin (2004), the memorial for the Tlatelolco Student Massacre in Mexico City (2008), the Winter Olympics in Vancouver (2010), and the pre-opening exhibition of the Guggenheim in Abu Dhabi (2015).

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Mexico City, 1967
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer
Mexico City, 1967

Current Exhibitions

The Non Community


26 Oct — 27 Jan
Selected works by both Spanish and foreign artists develop in this exhibition an investigation focused on loneliness, offering original lectures about it under different point of view. “The NON Community” is organised in...

Past Exhibitions

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Voice Theatre

Augusta Raurica, Giebenacherstrasse 17, 4302 Augst 11/06/2018 — 01/07/2018

Datumsoria: The Return of the Real

ZKM | Center for Art and Media 09/09/2017 — 18/03/2018

Highlights from The Fairholme Unlimited Foundation

Lowe Art Museum
01/04/2016 — 31/12/2016

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Preabsence

HeK (House of Electronic Arts Basel)
09/06/2016 — 28/08/2016

Solo Shows

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Voice Theatre, Augusta Raurica
Border Tuner / Sintonizador Fronterizo, El Chamizal Bi-National Park, El Paso – Ciudad Juárez, USA – México
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C., USA
Los Muertos No Hablan, Centro Cultural Ignacio Ramírez – El Nigromante, Guanajuato, México
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Voice Theatre (curated by: Sabine Himmelsbach), Augusta Raurica, Basel, Switzerland
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Unstable Presence (curated by: Rudolf Frieling and Lesley Johnstone), Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal, Montréal, Québec, Canada
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Public Sampler (curated by: KyoungRan Kim), Amorepacific Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea

Colorimeter, Manuvie, Montréal, Québec, Canada
Pulse Room, Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, Australia

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Transition States, Gund Gallery, Gambier, Ohio, USA
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Preabsence, Haus der Elektronischen Künste Basel, Basel, Switzerland

Group Shows

ZERO Festival, Zero Festival, Düsseldorf, Germany
Unsettled, Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, Alaska, USA
You Are Here: Light, Color, and Sound Experiences, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
Relations, Kunstkraftwerk, Leipzig, Germany
Printemps Numérique X 5 à 9 au McCord, McCord Museum, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
L’Invetion de Morel, Maison de l’Amerique Latine, Paris, France
Reality Machines – An Art Exhibition on Post-Truth, CRASSH, Cambridge, UK
Authenticate, Cypress College Art Gallery, Cypress, California, USA
The Armory Show, Galería Max Estrella, New York City, New York, USA
New Media, New Millennium: Digital Art from the Thoma Foundation, Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, USA
Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today (curated by: Eva Respini and Jeffrey De Blois), The Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Corpus , New Media Gallery, New Westminister, British-Columbia, Canada
Group exhibition, D.I.X., Genève, Switzerland
¡VIVA!, Projective Eye Gallery – UNC, Charlotte, USA


NGV Triennale, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
Untitled Art Fair, bitforms gallery, Miami, Florida, USA,
B3 Biennial of the Moving Image, Four Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany
La Ciudad de México en el Arte. Travesía de Ocho Siglos, Museo de la Ciudad de México, Mexico City, México
Aproximacions Creatives – Collecció BEEP d’Art Electrònic, Museo Salvador Vilaseca, Reus, Spain
Electronic Superhighway (1966-2016), Museum of Art, Architecture, and Technology, Lisbon, Portugal
Lección de Arte, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, Spain
Sin Título (Untitled), Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, USA
Anthology – Monumental Works from the Collection, Arsenal, Montreal, Québec, Canada
Nivel de Confianza, XLIV Festival International Cervantino, Guanajuato, México
Drawn from a Score, Beall Center, Irvine, California, USA
Future Shock, Site Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
Digital Dynamics 2018, The Museum, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Art of the Selfie, Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, USA

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Mexico City Country of birth: Mexico Date of birth: 1967 Lives in: Mexico City