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miguel calderón

1971, Mexico City

Miguel Calderón explores a broad range of themes, from violence and corruption in Mexico to youth and family dynamics to the supernatural. However, his work is unified by an ever-present sense of theatricality, questioning the fine line between reality and fiction. Frequently cast from the perspective of an outsider, he highlights the macabre complexity of man’s position in the universe deftly weaving together mockery, foolishness, social critique and sincerity of emotion. He creates works from a mashup of vernacular references, employing a variety of media, including video, photography, sculpture and painting. For Calderón, it is important that art be accessible; he came of age as an artist in Mexico during the 1990s, when he was a key figure in the development of a young alternative art scene in Mexico, associated with the non-commercial art space he co-founded called La Panadería.

Calderón received his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1994. He has been the recipient of the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation Grant & Commissions program (2013), The MacArthur Fellowship for Film and New Media (2000), and the Bancomer/Rockefeller Fellowship (1995).

Calderón currently lives and works in Mexico City.

Selected Works

Selected Works Thumbnails

piggy banks, 1994
lime, enamel
variable dimensions

 

 

employee of the month #1, 1998
digital print
79.75 x 50 in

 

 

employee of the month #4, 1998
digital print
80 x 50 in

 

 

employee of the month #7, 1998
digital print
80.1 x 50 in

 

 

ridiculum vitae, 2000
carpet
11.5 x 32.8 in

 

 

ridiculum vitae, 2000
carpet
11.5 x 32.8 in

 

 

antifreeze, 2002
digital print
33 x 46 in

 

 

inverted star / poseídos, 2002
video transferred to dvd
1:57 min

 

 

inverted star / poseídos, 2002
video transferred to dvd
1:57 min

 

 

mutante, 2002
temporary aquarium in the torre latinoamericana in mexico city, mexico displaying fish from chapultepec lake

 

mutante, 2002
temporary aquarium in the torre latinoamericana in mexico city, mexico displaying fish from chapultepec lake

 

mutante, 2002
temporary aquarium in the torre latinoamericana in mexico city, mexico displaying fish from chapultepec lake

 

mutante, 2002
temporary aquarium in the torre latinoamericana in mexico city, mexico displaying fish from chapultepec lake

 

chapultepec #8, 2003
digital print
26.75 x 39.75 in

 

 

chapultepec #3, 2003
digital print
27 x 39.75 in

 

 

chapultepec #10, 2003
digital print
26.77 x 39.96 in

 

 

murciélago, 2006
bat and christmas lights
variable dimensions

 

 

untitled (rings), 2006
digital print
38.19 x 51.18 in

 

 

macaco y trapo, 2006
two bicycles and two plastic masks
37.4 x 44.1 x 59.1 in

 

 

letreros #1, 2006
digital print
44.88 x 67.72 in

 

 

letreros #2, 2006
digital print
44.88 x 67.72 in

 

 

los pasos del enemigo, 2006
video transferred to dvd
5:39 min

 

 

acapulco 79, 2008
digital print
55.12 x 70.87 in

 

 

the beast must die (bestseller), 2008
digital print
33 x 46 in

 

 

dedo suizo, 2010
digital print
31.5 x 31.5 in

 

 

in the open 1, 2012
digital print
45.67 x 65.35 in

 

 

color scheme gold, 2012
digital print
38.58 x 50 inches

 

 

color scheme red, 2012
digital print
38.58 x 50 in

 

 

crack, 2012
public sculpture, series of 12 photographs
variable dimensions

 

 

crack, 2012
public sculpture, series of 12 photographs
variable dimensions

 

 

piggy banks, 1994
lime, enamel
variable dimensions

 

 

employee of the month #1, 1998
digital print
79.75 x 50 in

 

 

employee of the month #4, 1998
digital print
80 x 50 in

 

 

employee of the month #7, 1998
digital print
80.1 x 50 in

 

 

ridiculum vitae, 2000
carpet
11.5 x 32.8 in

 

 

ridiculum vitae, 2000
carpet
11.5 x 32.8 in

 

 

antifreeze, 2002
digital print
33 x 46 in

 

 

inverted star / poseídos, 2002
video transferred to dvd
1:57 min

 

 

inverted star / poseídos, 2002
video transferred to dvd
1:57 min

 

 

mutante, 2002
temporary aquarium in the torre latinoamericana in mexico city, mexico displaying fish from chapultepec lake

 

mutante, 2002
temporary aquarium in the torre latinoamericana in mexico city, mexico displaying fish from chapultepec lake

 

mutante, 2002
temporary aquarium in the torre latinoamericana in mexico city, mexico displaying fish from chapultepec lake

 

mutante, 2002
temporary aquarium in the torre latinoamericana in mexico city, mexico displaying fish from chapultepec lake

 

chapultepec #8, 2003
digital print
26.75 x 39.75 in

 

 

chapultepec #3, 2003
digital print
27 x 39.75 in

 

 

chapultepec #10, 2003
digital print
26.77 x 39.96 in

 

 

murciélago, 2006
bat and christmas lights
variable dimensions

 

 

untitled (rings), 2006
digital print
38.19 x 51.18 in

 

 

macaco y trapo, 2006
two bicycles and two plastic masks
37.4 x 44.1 x 59.1 in

 

 

letreros #1, 2006
digital print
44.88 x 67.72 in

 

 

letreros #2, 2006
digital print
44.88 x 67.72 in

 

 

los pasos del enemigo, 2006
video transferred to dvd
5:39 min

 

 

acapulco 79, 2008
digital print
55.12 x 70.87 in

 

 

the beast must die (bestseller), 2008
digital print
33 x 46 in

 

 

dedo suizo, 2010
digital print
31.5 x 31.5 in

 

 

in the open 1, 2012
digital print
45.67 x 65.35 in

 

 

color scheme gold, 2012
digital print
38.58 x 50 inches

 

 

color scheme red, 2012
digital print
38.58 x 50 in

 

 

crack, 2012
public sculpture, series of 12 photographs
variable dimensions

 

 

crack, 2012
public sculpture, series of 12 photographs
variable dimensions

 

 

notable solo exhibitions

notable solo exhibitions

His most important solo exhibitions include: El placer después (Pleasure Afterwards), kurimanzutto, Mexico City (2019); Caída Libre, Luhring Augustine, New York; Independientemente de con quien duerma, Fototeca Latinoamericana (FoLa), Buenos Aires (2017); Miguel Calderón: Color Bleed, Rochester Art Center, Rochester, New York (2012); Miguel Calderón, solo project, Casa América, Madrid, Spain (2010); Conversations with a Tropical Vulture, with George Kuchar, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (2010); Bestseller, Panorámica, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City (2009); Ridiculum Vitae, La Panadería, Mexico City, (1998).

selected group exhibitions and biennials

Additionally, he has participated in group shows at the following institutions: Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico City (2017); Museo Jumex, Mexico City (2015); Museo Amparo, Puebla, Mexico (2014); Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California (2014); The Foundation Cartier, Paris, France (2013); Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporaneo (MUAC), Mexico City, Mexico (2011); The Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, California (2011); Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico City, Mexico (2010); Museum Moderner Kunst (MUMOK), Vienna, Austria (2009); National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland (2007); Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, United States (2007), PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, United States (2002), among others. 

Calderón has participated in various biennials, including: 7th Internationale Photo-Triennial, Esslingen, Germany (2007); Bussan Biennale, Bussan, Korea (2006); Sharja Biennial 7, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (2005), Yokohama Triennale of Contemporary Art, Yokohama, Japan (2005); ARCO, Madrid, Spain (1998).